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The word sakura refers to the Japanese cherry blossom. Every April in Vancouver, nearly 40,000 cherry trees – originally gifts from Japan in the 1930s – burst into full bloom. To commemorate the occasion, the city comes alive with a host of blossom-themed events, including a unique two-day celebration of Japanese food, culture and crafts under the cherry trees: Sakura Days.
This year, Sakura Days (April 7-8) is set inside the lush VanDusen Botanical Garden, a 55-acre sanctuary of rolling lawns, woodlands and lakes in the heart of the city. Amid a sea of cherry blossoms, enjoy sushi from some of the city’s top Japanese chefs. Sample artisan-made sake while taking in performances of Japanese taiko drumming and koto harp.
Celebrate Japanese Heritage in Vancouver: Sakura Days fair, April 7-8