Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival was initiated by a gift of 1,000 cherry trees that were given to Seattle on May 8, 1976, by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in commemoration of the U.S. bicentennial and the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington state. Today, the festival is the largest and oldest of its kind in the Northwest. Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, is a reminder to celebrate life, and the pink petals carried on the breeze at the first festival engendered that thought. This year's 2021 festival theme is the Regional Japan Expo — Soul of Artisans.
See the full schedule here. Highlights include various prefecture tours, karate demo, Taiko performance, ikebana workshop and sakura roll cooking demo.