Haiku Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Haiku activities at Leith Wheeler Haiku House during Sakura Days Japan Fair

There were lots of haiku activities at the Leith Wheeler Haiku House during Sakura Days Japan Fair: haiku workshop, haiku rocks, haiku weathergrams, bookmaking, haikuseum. We had lots of fun getting people inspired to write haiku for the upcoming Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational.

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Meanwhile, visitors in the garden were able to read haiku on bamboo sticks and haiku written in chalk (thanks to Michael Dylan Welch for this great project installation!)

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If you missed the haiku workshop and the bookmaking workshop at Sakura Days Japan Fair, you’ll have a second chance. There will be a haiku workshop followed by a bookmaking workshop at the Kerrisdale Community Centre Picnic on Sunday April 26/15.

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Sakura Illumination 2015 at Charleston Park

The Sakura Illumination that took place at Charleston Park tonight was a truly magical experience.


When I got there shortly before 8:00pm, it wasn’t dark yet. The lanterns were turned on and the two Tree Fairies performers were rehearsing their dance routine celebrating the arrival of spring.


When the sun was set, the Tree Fairies, Cherri and Blossom, began their beautiful dance accompanied by mesmerizing music. Lights were projected over the white Ukon cherry blossoms.


When the 10 minute dance routine was over, people were invited to wander around the cherry trees and take pictures of the lanterns.


The light inside the lanterns changed from white, yellow, blue, green, red.  It was beautiful.


The lanterns offered a unique view of Ukon cherry blossoms at night.


After 20 minutes of admiring the lanterns and wandering under cherry blossoms, spectators were asked to return to the viewing area for the next dance performance by Cherri and Blossom.


I moved to get a wide shot.  From the back row, even though you couldn’t see the dance performance, you could see the beautiful lanterns, the light show, and hear the music.


The crowd at the performance was composed of families having picnics, friends, and lots of photographers.  The atmosphere was very friendly. There was about 200 spectators.


Charleston Park is right next to the seawall. You could see the Granville bridge in the distance.


Sakura Illumination was created by Stuart James W. from HFour.  I really liked how they allowed spectators to get up and wander under the trees between performances, making this a truly immersive experience.

‘Yozakura’ (cherry blossom viewing at night) has been done in Japan for many centuries. Seeing our beautiful Vancouver cherry blossom illuminated was a unique experience — made even more special by the fact that this year, Sakura Illumination was a ‘one-night only’ event.

Photo credit: Jessica Tremblay

Cherry Jam Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Activities


Celebrate spring with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (April 3-28 2014):




Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Night

Sakura Night 2014 poster

Get your tickets now for Sakura Night, an extraordinary dining experience to celebrate Spring hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant, featuring sensational Japanese cuisine created by Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi!

Guests will be welcomed with taiko and walk into the elegant Japanese ambience of Tojo’s, illuminated with cherry blossom video projection.

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Tojo’s Restaurant on 1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.

Get your tickets now.


Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Bike the Blossoms

Biking the Blossoms at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (Old Pond Comics)

Come Bike the Blossoms with us this Saturday April 27 2013.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Illumination Tour (April 24)

Sakura Illuminatino tour

Films Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Bike Dance in Blossoms

I love this creative stop-motion video “Bike Dance in Blossoms” created by B:C:Clettes during Bike the Blossoms in 2012.


Haiku Workshop

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku workshop at VPL

Films World Umbrella Dance

World Umbrella Dance Official Video

Here’s the World Umbrella Dance Official Video featuring Shiamak Vancouver, Tetsu Taiko and hundreds of umbrella dancers. The dance took place on Saturday April 13 2013 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Films World Umbrella Dance

World Umbrella Dance (video)

The World Umbrella Dance took place April 13, 2013, at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. It featured hundreds of people dancing to the music of Shabop! with Shiamak Vancouver and the beat of Tetsu Taiko.

This video features the second wave of dancers.