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Out and About: Crowds flock to Steveston park to celebrate cherry blossoms

The Steveston park features 255 akebono cherry trees.

The Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the best signs that spring has arrived. 

Garry Point Park is the host site for this fun, high energy event.

Since 2017, the annual festival has featured 255 akebono cherry trees. They were donated to the city by the B.C. Wakayama Kenjin Kai.  

This association supports the living legacy of the Japanese families in Steveston who came from the Wakayama Prefecture.

As in years past, the family-oriented festival featured cultural performances, exhibits, displays and food vendors. 

Large enthusiastic crowds took in all of these activities. 

The sakura tent was alive with Taiko drummers, folk singers and dancers. Visitors also had the opportunity of watching a flower arrangement demonstration — called ikebana — in the sakura tent.

The hanami tent featured demonstrations of calligraphy, bonsai and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

The Chibi-Chan Tent offered the opportunity to learn how to fold origami creatures using special Japanese paper and techniques. Very hands on!

Every great festival offers food for the mind and body — and this one offered a wide range of delicious Japanese meals and snacks from a variety of local vendors.

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