ニューヨーク近郊での桜祭りイベント

春になると、いろいろなところで桜祭りが開催されます。今日は、桜祭りの情報について調べてみました。一番有名なのは、Washinton D.C.の桜祭りですが、そのほかにも地域での小さな桜祭りがニューヨークの各地で行われています。まだ多くのところで2019年の日程が決まっていなかったので、2019年の情報がない場合は2018年の情報を記載しています。おそらく日程は2019年も大体2018年と同じになるのだと思います。

  1. Brooklyn Waldorf School Spring Cherry Blossom Festival / ブルックリン虹のかけ橋日本語学校 春さくら祭り
    • Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
    • Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
    • Place: The Gym at Brooklyn Waldorf School (11 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
    • Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2222320374551893/ / http://www.bnjcc.org
    • Description: Please join us for Brooklyn Nijinokakehashi Japanese Cultural Center’s 7th Annual “Spring Cherry Blossom Festival”! Come to see our Japanese Taiko Drumming performance, and experience Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy, Puppet Show, Wet Water Color Painting, Plant Dyed Card Making, Wet Felting Craft, Japanese
      Traditional Games, Lunch, Bake Sales, Raffles, Venders and more! Advanced tickets are now on sale! Purchase a strip of 22 tickets for $20 (1 ticket equivalent to $1) at: www.bnjcc.org
  2. Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
    • Date: Saturday, April 13th & Sunday, April 14th, 2019
    • Time: 10:30am-6:00pm
    • Place: Horticulture Center of Fairmount Park (100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131)
    • Website: http://japanphilly.org/programs/festivals/subaru-cherry-blossom-festival/
    • Description: A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration not only of spring and beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese culture as well. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes its name and central inspiration from the fleeting beauty of the sakura, the Japanese name for cherry blossoms. The first blossoming cherry trees were planted in Fairmount Park in 1926, a gift to the City of Philadelphia by the people of Japan. Cherry blossoms are gorgeous flowers, a must see natural wonder calling everyone outdoors to welcome spring, and an annual inspiration to artists and photographers. Each year, over the course of nine days, the events of the Festival celebrate Philadelphia’s rich cultural connections with the art, music, food, natural beauty, and industry of Japan. Sakura Sunday is a family friendly event, open to everyone. Guests are expected to respect each other, performers, event staff, volunteers, and JASGP staff. For our full code of conduct, click here.
  3. Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC
    • Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
    • Time: 10:30am-6:00pm
    • Place: Washington DC (Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)
    • Website: http://www.sakuramatsuri.org
    • Description: The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees.
  4. Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival
    • Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
    • Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
    • Place: Roosevelt Island (1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, New York, NY 10044)
    • Website: https://www.facebook.com/RICherryBlossomFestival/
    • Description: Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival in NYC will be held on April 13, 2019. Japanese Cultural Performances, music, Tea Ceremony, Cultural Fair and Picnics. In 2011, the community of Roosevelt Island, which has a significant population of Japanese residents, touched by the effects of the tsunami that devastated Japan. The tragedy broke our hearts and we chose to act. We created a Cherry Blossom Festival to raise funds for the victims and engender hope. The Cherry Blossom Festival became an annual event, welcoming more than 10,000 visitors.
  5. Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    • Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Place: World’s Fair Playground of Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    • URL: http://www.jaany.org
    • Description: This Sakura Matsuri is co-sponsored by the City of New York Parks and Recreation and the Japanese American Association of New York (JAA).
  6. Sakura Matsuri in White Plains
  7. Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Date: Saturday, April 27–Sunday, April 28, 2019
    • Time: 10am-6pm
    • Place: 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225
    • Price: Adult: $25, Senior & Students: $20, Children: Free
    • URL: https://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2019
    • Description: A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Known as New York City’s rite of spring, the weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
  8. Ryu Shu Kan’s Cherry Blossom Festival
    • Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
    • Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm (rain or shine)
    • Place: Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center (100 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794)
    • Price: Adult: $25, Senior & Students: $15, Child (6-12 yld): $10, Child (5 or under): Free
    • URL: https://www.ryushukan.com/cherry-blossom-festival-sakura-matsuri-home/
    • Description: Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way with the exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, the elegance of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits and events for the entire family. This is the premier Japan culture event on Long Island.
  9. Randall’s Island Cherry Blossom Festival
    • Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
    • Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Place: Randall’s Island Urban Farm (Wards Meadow Loop, New York, NY 10035)
    • Price: Free
    • URL: https://randallsisland.org/events/cherry-blossom-festival-3/
    • Description: Celebrate the spring season and Japanese culture at the free Cherry Blossom Festival on Randall’s Island with paper flower making, kite flying, origami, face painting, and more. Activities include: Paper flower making, Kite making, Japanese folk dancing and drumming, Try on a kimono, Crafts, games, and face painting and more!
      Performances by: Dixie Automatic, Taiko Masala Dojo Drummers, Taisan Tanaka Calligraphy, and Minbuza Folk Dancers

日本人に馴染みの深い桜ですが、アメリカ東部でよく見る桜の中には、おおよそ100年前に日本から寄贈された桜が残っているものがあります。2012年に、ワシントンの日本大使館や、各地の総領事館などで桜寄贈の100周年を祝うJapan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennialが開催され、いろいろな桜の情報がウェブサイトなどで見れるようになっています。自分の職場でも桜の樹林式典が行われて、ニューヨーククイーンズ近郊の桜の歴史の取りまとめをしました。ここでダウンロードできるので、ご参考まで。

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