Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday April 30 - Japaneses Tea Ceremony, Music, Dance, Martial Arts, Cultural Fair, Sake Tasting & More

Image From RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) invites you to the 6th Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday April 30. According to RIOC:
Sixth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival!

You are invited to join the Roosevelt Island community for a festive day of events, celebrating the Cherry Blossoms in bloom and featuring an array of Japanese cultural activities. This free event will take place throughout Roosevelt Island, at various locations. For a detailed map, please visit.

Schedule of Activities:

Manhattan Park
11:00 AM: Tea Ceremony & Community Picnics (bring your own food and blanket) at Manhattan Park’s Central Park, 10-40 River Rd.

12:00 – 4:00 PM: Music, Dance, and Martial Arts Performances at Theater Club Plaza, 8 River Rd.

Westview Promenade Plaza

11:00 AM: Senior & Disabled Community Picnics

Gallery RIVAA
1:00 – 4 PM: Japanese Cultural Fair

5:00 – 6 PM: Sakuhachi (Japanese flute)

Island Wine & Spirits

4:00 – 7:00 PM: Sake Tasting
Sayuri is the representative of the Japanese community on Roosevelt Island for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Sayuri shares these photos of preparation and practice for the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival.

Practicing Yosakoi dance.


Girl with flower (for Yosakoi dance).

Kitsuke (Kimono wearing).

Sign of origami fishing

and Origami sample (how to make a samurai hat )

Here are some scenes from the 2015 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival.