The city would like to invite everyone to the 30th annual Cherry Blossom Festival honoring Cupertino's sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan
The festival offers a wide selection of Japanese food and beverages, entertainment, demonstrations, cultural exhibits, art, crafts and clothing for sale. A special children’s section will feature activities, hands-on arts & crafts, and a petting zoo.
During the festival, a series of indoor cultural displays and demonstrations will be featured in the Cupertino Community Center. Other cultural exhibits and demonstrations include Bonsai (miniature trees/plants), various Japanese dolls and doll making demonstrations, ikebana (flower arranging), Suiseki (Japanese rocks), origami (paper folding), shodo (calligraphy), Japanese swords, and sumi-e (brush painting).
Outdoor displays near the Quinlan center will include a “Kidz Zone” with games, a petting zoo, koi fish, and Akita and Shiba Inu dogs will be shown on the lawn behind the food court.
All-day outdoor entertainment takes place in the park amphitheater. Among the scheduled events are Taiko groups, Japanese dancers, various martial arts, children and adult musical performances.
Food and drink offerings will include gyoza (meat in Japanese pastry), chicken salad, tempura, yakisoba, mochi, teriyaki hot dogs, fruit-on-a-stick, teriyaki chicken with rice in a bowl, shave ice, coffee, smoothies, beer, sake, plum wine, sodas, bottled water and lemonade.
Craft booths throughout the park will offer a wide variety of items for sale, including cards, paper sculptures, pottery, jewelry, washi eggs and dolls, Japanese antiques, clothing, paintings, candles, photos, woodwork and T-shirts.
The festival benefits the nonprofit Cupertino Sister City Committee, which promotes friendship and conducts an annual student exchange program with Toyokawa, Japan. Local nonprofit organizations that support services for disadvantaged, youth sports, student service groups, music and language programs will have booths with a variety of activities.
Free parking is available at nearby De Anza College.
For a recap of last year's festival, please view this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoBxiRx-lUI