Cherry Blossom Festival


21st Ohanami | Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 12-4 p.m.

Presented by the BGSU Japanese Club, Japanese Program and the Asian Studies Program

The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture and customs. This year's festival will take place online. Join us for individual events or for the entire festival.

Ohanami | Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule

Sunday, April 10

12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony

12:10-12:50 p.m. Taiko Performance 太鼓 『風の大地』
Join the Kazenodaichi Taiko Ensemble to learn the art of Taiko drumming! Using videos of our favorite performances, we will teach the basics of learning taiko including form, rhythm, and ways to keep yourself active and engaged even while at home!

12:55-1:35 p.m. Origami for Beginners  折り紙
Try origami, the art of paper folding, with Mai from Japan! We will make a tiger, the animal of 2022 in the Japanese zodiac, and more. Please bring some sheets of square paper and a pen to the session. This is a fun session to join with your family and friends.

1:40-2:15 p.m. Japanese Sweets Making   和菓子
Learn how to make Nerikiri, a type of Japanese sweets that was originally made to be served at Japanese tea ceremonies. Nerikiri is often made to reflect the seasons, and you will see how to make spring themes and colors of Nerikiri. Enjoy the art and delicateness of Japanese sweets.

2:20-2:50 p.m. Tap Dance  タップダンス with Japanese songs
Enjoy a tap dance performance with a few musical pieces, including the Japanese song, “I Look Up When I Walk,” formerly called “Sukiyaki” in the United States. This song is choreographed especially for the 21st Cherry Blossom Festival by our presenter Shiori Yanase.

2:55-3:25 p.m. Shakuhachi – Japanese Flute  尺八 
Be introduced to the shakuhachi, which is an end-blown bamboo flute from Japan. You will hear the following pieces: Azuma-jishi (The Lion of the East) and Tsuru no Sugomori (The Nesting of the Cranes), played in dyokyoku style by dai-shihan Micheal Chikuzen Gould, student of Yokuyama Katsuya and Tanaguchi Yoshinobu.

3:30-4:00 p.m. Martial Arts – Ken-do  剣道
Originally developed as a safe form of sword training and sparring for samurai, Ken-do makes use of long bamboo swords known as shinai. The sport has a foundation in Japanese etiquette and the Samurai bushido code. Learn about the philosophy, origin, culture and etiquette of the sport, as well as the terminology for weapons, stances and armor used. See the shinai and armor, and how the armor is worn. Annotated videos regarding training and tournament combat will be shown during the presentation as well.

4:00 p.m. Closing


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For more information, contact Akiko Kawano Jones at or 419-575-8999

To individuals with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

History of BGSU Cherry Trees

In the 1990s the alumni chapter in Tokyo, led by Mr. Emori, came up with the idea of donating sakura trees to BGSU. His vision was to create a site similar to the Washington, D.C. Potomac River cherry trees. In 2001, the dream finally came true. The alumni in Tokyo donated about 50 Japanese cherry trees to BGSU with the dream of having a wonderful park on campus some time in the future. The following year a Japanese company, Tochigi-Fuji, which used to be located in Bowling Green, donated an additional 20 trees. We also have three trees from Washington, D.C.’s original cuttings, which were a gift from the City of Tokyo to the U.S. during the Presidency of William Taft. BGSU’s tree-planting ceremony included a visit by Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio at the time.

In 2010, Dowa THT America, a Japanese company in Bowling Green, donated 10 more trees to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

The BGSU cherry trees are visible on the north side of Alumni Mall near Kreischer quadrangle.

Updated: 04/01/2022 01:26PM