Arts & Crafts Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Koinobori painting

Koinobori painting was one of the new hands-on workshop offered at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival this year. Participants were invited to paint on a scale, or write a haiku, to contribute to the Koinobori Installation.

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The table was all set for the 16 participants who registered to the painting session at Kerrisdale Community Centre.


Participants were greeted with examples of previous paintings lining up the wall of the South Room.

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Participants took their seat, then started to mix paint.


It was amazing to see so much creativity.

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While participants finished their artwork, I browsed through the pile of finished paintings produced during previous workshops.

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The Koinobori Installation, sponsored by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. in partnership with the Powell Street Festival,  will be displayed at Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 8-9 2017. About 150 scales will cover the carp’s giant wooden structure.


Come see the finished installation at Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 8-9 2017!