On Saturday, March 22, the Japan-America Society of Alabama presents the ninth annual Cherry Blossom Festival from 11 – 3 p.m. in the Japanese Gardens at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The event is free to the public. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation by the Briarwood Church Japanese Children’s Group, followed by remarks from Executive Director and CEO Fred Spicer and Japan-America Society of Alabama Executive Director Tamara Moriya. At noon, the winner of the Birmingham Public Library haiku contest will be announced, and it will be followed by Shinkendo and Aikido Japanese martial arts demonstrations. At 3 p.m., a Hayao Miyazaki film presentation will take place in Strange Auditorium at the Garden Center.
Other activities and booths at the Cherry Blossom Festival will include the Alabama Bonsai Society, Birmingham Go Club, origami, calligraphy and sumi-e tables from contributing groups across Alabama. The Toshinan Tea House will be open for viewing throughout the day. For more information about the festival, visit www.jasaweb.org.