Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (Outback Festivals)
This year’s Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom) Festival will be held at the Cowra Japanese Garden on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.
Sakura Matsuri is a wonderful time at Cowra’s premier tourism attraction.
It is a time when the natural beauty of spring and the simple elegance of traditional Japanese culture combine in the unique Australian setting of the Cowra Japanese Garden.
This year’s Sakura Matsuri Festival features a family fun day on Saturday 21st September.
As the name suggests the family fun day is designed to interest visitors of all ages with a selection of traditional Japanese activities ranging from:
- Ikebana (flower arranging)
- Kite flying
- Bonsai demonstrations
- The fast moving excitement of a Sumo Wrestling tournament.
The fun day is followed by the annual Sakura Matsuri Dinner where guests can enjoy a relaxed time, entertained by both Australian and Japanese performers. The Annual Dinner is always very popular and bookings are essential to confirm your attendance.
Festival activities continue at the Japanese Garden on Sunday 22nd September.
A Service of Respect, held at the Australian and Japanese War Cemeteries, rounds out Sakura Matsuri activities. The Service of Respect commemorates the tragic beginnings of the Cowra – Japan relationship and celebrates the wonderful cooperation and reconciliation that has developed over the ensuing 66 years.
As usual large crowds are expected and it is strongly recommended that you secure accommodation for the Festival as soon as possible.
For more information concerning this year’s Sakura Matsuri Festival or the Japanese Garden in general please contact the Garden. For details of accommodation available please contact the Cowra Visitor information Centre or see the accommodation section under Cowra.
2013 Sakura Matsuri – Cowra’s Cherry Blossom Festival promises to be a stunning event!
Sakura Matsuri is a wonderful time at Cowra’s premier tourism attraction. It is a time when the natural beauty of spring and the simple elegance of traditional Japanese culture combine in the unique Australian setting of the Cowra Japanese Garden.
With a dedicated committee combining valued experienced members and some new additions with a fresh take on the festival, plans are already underway to make this year’s Sakura Matsuri an event to remember.
The festival will run from Wednesday 18th through to Sunday 22nd September and will include the favourite Children’s Days, Family Fun Day and evening Cocktail event on Saturday 21st and the traditional Service of Respect with a BBQ reception on Sunday 22nd.
The complete program for 2013 Sakura Matsuri will be finalised by July. As usual, large crowds are expected and it is strongly recommended that accommodation for the festival is secured as soon as possible. Booking forms will be distributed with the final program and again, bookings for the popular Cocktail evening are recommend to secure your ticket.
For any further information or media enquires please contact either Lawrance Ryan or Belinda Virgo on the contact details below
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