This Saturday, March 23, is the annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival. Five years ago, a goal was made to plant 1,000 cherry trees in Nashville within 10 years. So, we’re halfway there in years and trees. And now, every Spring, we celebrate those cherry trees and the friendship between Japan and America with an annual festival. It kicks off with a Cherry Blossom Walk at 9am, departing from the Public Square. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Consul General of Japan Motohiko Kato lead the 2.5-mile walk. It’s free. It’s pretty. And it’s open to anyone that wants a nice walk in the morning. Then on to the festival!
Arts and crafts, the Ginza Marketplace with Japanese products, Taste of Japan with food from local Japanese restaurants, J-Pop Land with modern, youthful Japanese culture, and live entertainment make up the day’s activities. It’s a great day to get outside and experience something completely new in the heart of Music City.
The Cherry Blossom Festival goes 10am-4pm at the Public Square in downtown Nashville.