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Richmond cherry blossom festival returns to Garry Point Park

The festival is taking place this Sunday, April 2.
Cherry Blossoms at Garry Point Park

The long-awaited in-person cherry blossom festival is finally returning to Richmond's Garry Point Park this Sunday.

Every year, the Richmond cherry blossom festival highlights the 255 akebono cherry trees that were donated to the city from BC Wakayama Kenjin Kai and planted in the Steveston park.

Visitors to the festival can expect cultural performances, exhibits, displays, and food vendors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2.

Demonstrations and displays will take place at the Matsuri tent where artisans will showcase the art of calligraphy, traditional Japanese tea ceremony rituals, how to make origami and also bonsai displays.

People can also enjoy food while having picnics under the cherry blossom trees.

This year's festival theme is kansha, which means gratitude or appreciation in Japanese.

"Richmond’s Cherry Blossom trees are a spectacular site in early spring and we are thrilled to be able to share their beauty through our annual Cherry Blossom Festival in person once again,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“This is also a great opportunity to celebrate our vibrant local Japanese-Canadian community and be able to reconnect and gather as a community with family, friends and visitors."