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Seattle Center Festál presents Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in partnership with Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee (SCBJCF). The festival deepens the understanding and serves as a vehicle for sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage through hundreds of performing and martial arts, exhibits and demonstrations, hands on kids’ activities, culinary treats, and more!

This event is free and open to the public.


Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee (SCBJCF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, comprised of volunteers and overseen by an advisory group:

Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

Hyogo Business and Cultural Center

Japan Business Association of Seattle

Japan-America Society of State of Washington

Japan American Citizens League (JACL) - Seattle Chapter

Japanese Community Service of Seattle

Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle

Seattle Center

Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA)

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is the first ethnic festival held annually at Seattle Center and the oldest in the Festál series. It distinguishes itself through innovative and in-depth outreach to the public through traditional/contemporary Japanese art, new scientific and technological innovations, and cultural examinations, especially race and social justice of Japanese in America, Japanese Americans, and Japanophiles.

The festival strives to deepen and expand mutual understanding, serve as a vehicle for people to exchange ideas, and promote as well as recognize cultural contributions and achievements of the Japanese American community.

The first festival was initiated by Mayor Wes Uhlman and community leaders to commemorate a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to Seattle on the occasion of the US Bicentennial by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki. It was held at Seward Park for three years.

In 1979, the festival moved to Seattle Center and has now grown into a three-day celebration enjoyed by thousands of people each year.


The beauty of cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

“Hanami” or the custom of viewing cherry blossoms, is a reminder to celebrate life.

Thousand-years old cultural traditions co-exist with contemporary/pop culture in Japan. No other country can attest to the same degree.

Learn more about Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee
Visit Cherry Blossom Festival Website

Cherry Blossom Festival Event Details

April 24 - 26, 2020 - More Info Coming Soon!

Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival