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Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Come and enjoy a programme of music, food & entertainment under the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the Japanese culture and the 43-year Sister City connection between Nelson & Miyazu.

The event programme includes Japanese martial arts, a puppet show, big brush calligraphy, dance and more!

Performances will run from 11.30am - 3pm, as follows:

11.30am OFFICIAL OPENING by Mayor Rachel Reese
11.40am Japanz.Kids Performance
12.00pm Marimba Group Performance including Anime tunes
12.20pm Big Brush Calligraphy by Akiko Crowther
12.40pm Puppet show 'Grandpa Flower Bloom’ followed by Dragon Dance
1.10pm Shoshin Kendo Demonstration
1.40pm Aikido Demonstration
2.00pm Waimea College -Yosakoi Soran Dance
2.30pm ‘Sakura Odori’ Dance Programme – with audience participation


This free community event is supported by Nelmac & Nelson City Council. Bring your own water bottle or cup to fill at the new onsite water fountain.

Family Friendly Free


September 22, 2019


11.30am - 3pm


Miyazu Japanese Gardens
Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson

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Ph. (027) 305 6499

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