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The 2016 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

posted Apr 25, 2017, 8:11 AM by Admin Rira   [ updated Apr 25, 2017, 8:15 AM ]

In the shadow of the groves of the sakura, or cherry blossom trees, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association is thrilled to welcome residents, friends and visitors to admire their beauty and bask in the joy of spring.

It is the tradition of the Japanese people to celebrate the arrival of spring, a time of renewal. At this time, it is appropriate to appreciate the fleeting nature of life, given that the blossoms are in bloom for a very brief period.

Schedule of events:

Manhattan Park's Central Park 

11:00 am

Community Picnics (Bring your own food and blankets)

Westview Promenade Plaza

11:00 am

Senior and Disabled Community Picnics

Manhattan Park Theater Club Plaza

12:45 pm

Shamisen (Kicho Kai) Japanese String Ensemble

1:15 pm

Japanese Classical Dance (IchiFuji-kai Dance Association)

1:45 pm

Samurai Swordsmanship (Ikaikai)

2:10 pm

Karate (JKA Karate Shiroma)

2:50 pm

Koto (Masayo Ishigure and Koto Shamisen Ensemble)

3:25 pm

Japanese Blues (Kayo Yoshioka of Neo Blues Maki)

4:00 pm

Community Folk Dances (sponsored by Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance and the Roosevelt Island Japanese Association) 

4:25 p

Japanese Taiko Drummers (Soh Daiko)

Gallery RIVAA

1:00 pm

Japanese Cultural Fair (origami, ink painting, calligraphy, games, kimono try-on)

3:30 pm

Japanese Serenades (Nozomu Kobayashi)

5:00 pm

Sakuhachi (Japanese Flute, Gerald Starlight)