Sakura Festival, April 14—19, 2009
SAKURA FESTIVAL OF JAPANESE CULTURE
The Sakura Festival of Japanese Culture is fully dedicated to the first warm April days when the Japanese traditionally enjoy contemplating the Sakura blossom, hence the symbolic title of the festival. Another symbolic feature of the event is the fact that the «Festival of Spring» was hosted in a unique two-storey pavilion erected by the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre Team in the Moscow Park zone specifically for this event. The ultra-modern, exquisitely and stylishly designed interior provided a perfect venue to host all the planned events during the festival days.
A highly-topical festival programme allowed the visitors to see a collection of Japanese calligraphy chefs-d’oeuvre, including paintings and applied art objects, as well as to learn about the country’s national arts and traditions. Thus, A & D representatives conducted a «show-and-tell» on Japanese tea culture.
The Origami Moscow Club Team created true paper masterpieces for the audience.
Igor Grishin, Guo Federation President and a 5 dan master, played this traditional Japanese game with all contestants.
There was so much to see and learn and so little time. The first Spring Festival of Japanese culture lasted as long as the Sakura blossomed, that is, for one week from April 14 till April 19.