Philadelphia, PA - Parks on Tap and JASGP present a special new campaign called Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing, which includes the two Parks on Tap pop-ups, socially distanced activities, and virtual programming throughout April 2021. There are several ways to recover and renew while enjoying Shofuso and Parks on Tap beauty this spring!
Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing in Philadelphia
From Parks on Tap, look for food, drink, and a relaxing urban oasis in two locations located just footsteps from the Cherry Blossoms and Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. From JASGP, look for everything from the debut of the new hand-painted map of Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Ohanami, a Virtual Marketplace, the Cherry Blossom Viewing, and Virtual Ohanami, plus a virtual 10K.
As a bonus for this year, Japanese artist Hiro Sakaguchi hand-painted a new map of Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Ohanami – helping visitors find Cherry Blossoms throughout Fairmount Park as well as other spots around the City of Philadelphia. The map will be available for pick-up at Shofuso and sold as a 14” x 21” poster in the gift shop. Don’t forget to pick one up as a souvenir of your day when you visit Parks on Tap.
Cherry Blossom History in Philadelphia
Flowering cherry trees have been a symbol of friendship between Philadelphia and Japan since 1,600 cherry trees were gifted from Japan to Philadelphia in 1926 to commemorate the American Sesquicentennial. In 1933, Japanese residents of the Philadelphia region gifted an additional 500 cherry trees and planted them alongside John B. Kelly Drive. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia organized 1,000 new cherry trees in Philadelphia between 1998 and 2007. JASGP has been working with neighborhood communities continuously since 2008 to plant cherry trees in Clark Park, Franklin Square, and Morris Park to help build green and peaceful urban communities.