You don’t have to go far anywhere in the United States to find a Cherry Blossom Festival this spring! This weekend we stopped at the JASCO Cherry Blossom Festival at the Franklin Park Conservatory and enjoyed a day-long adventure dedicated to Japanese culture and art. Attendance at this event was free if you lived in Franklin County, and admission for non-local attendees went to help support the garden and its important conservation and educational work. Live entertainment included exciting martial arts displays, taiko performances by dublin taikoand Koto Performances by our friends at the Koto Colon set.
So I grabbed one of my favorite antiques. Haoriand wore it to the festival!
There were family-friendly and very fun interactive exhibits, as well as a kimono photo booth from our friends in Kimono Columbus! As we stopped to say hi, we even spotted some obi and kimonos that we’re pretty sure Columbus Kimono has purchased from Ohio Kimono! This booth was extremely popular and Kat and Liz were the main draws for the attendees.
We were also lucky enough to get to try one of the amazing matcha lattes and Japanese-style donuts from The Mochi shop, which we enjoyed very much and highly recommend. Supplies were limited and about to run out completely when we reached the end of time. So we consider ourselves lucky to be able to try their tasty options!
Organized by: JASCO, Japanese American Society of Central Ohio https://www.jascentralohio.org/
When: April 2, 2023 – Sunday, Free Community Day
Location: Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Ohio – https://www.fpconservatory.org/
These festivals are the perfect excuse to bring out your favorite yukatas, or haori and have a fun time! Be sure to use Google to check and see if there are any cherry blossom festivals near you!
We hope this event returns next year and we plan to attend!