I love Japanese Art & Culture and spend several weekends throughout the year visiting Art Exhibits and Gardens. We spent an afternoon at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden this month celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Cherry Blossoms are beautiful and in full bloom! There are about 150 Cherry Blossom Trees in the 9 acre expansion of the San Diego Japanese Garden.
Several volunteers and performers from around the community dressed in traditional clothing to showcase the arts, music, street food of Japanese culture. We started our day off with a traditional Japanese tea and a tour of the grounds. One of the artists created a beautiful cherry blossom bookmark for me. She shared that the Cherry Blossom is a traditional flower which symbolize transience of life. The color of the flowers also represent simplicity and purity. I will cherish my custom made bookmark featuring cherry blossoms in a vase.
There were several youth throughout the park enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom and celebrating Japanese culture. We also met up with other friends who also love Japanese culture and met two sweet girls with purple hair.
The Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom thru mid April. It is definitely a trip to enjoy with a date or as a family. If you plan on visitining, make sure to arrive early to give you enough time to enjoy the grounds as well and wear a hat to protect you from the sun. I look forward to visiting the Cherry Blossoms soon! In the meantime, enjoy these Cherry Blossoms.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101