Celebrating the Sakura Matsuri Festival

CARVING UP: Woodblock artist Sam Sosnowski will be giving a demonstration of his woodblock technique at the Cowra Sakura Matsuri at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm.

CARVING UP: Woodblock artist Sam Sosnowski will be giving a demonstration of his woodblock technique at the Cowra Sakura Matsuri at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm.

It’s that time of year again, where the weather starts to warm up and the cherry blossoms arrive just in time for Cowra’s Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival! The Cowra Japanese Garden have a fantastic festival planned for 2016 that showcases traditional Japanese culture, Martial Arts, fine food and plenty of entertainment for all. The main event, Sakura Matsuri Family Day at the Japanese Garden will be held from 10-4pm Saturday, September 24 with activities ranging from Traditional Tea Ceremony, Bonsai demonstrations, wood block printing, Shibori demonstrations, food stalls and so much more!

A martial arts stage will hold Karate, Sumo Wrestling, and Aikido whilst the Cultural Stage includes performances from Soprano Misako Piper, Taiko Drummers, Sydney Soran Dance Troup, Sydney Sakura Choir, Torsion Youth Choreographic Ensemble and The String Family Quartet.

Tickets for the festival are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 children or a family pass $60 and are available on the day. The Cowra Japanese Garden would also like to thank and acknowledge the following sponsors, J Steel  Australasia, Windowrie Wines, Cowra Hire, Cowra Services Club and Motel, Cowra Van Park, Cowra Council, and The Embassy of Japan in Australia.

Come along and enjoy the fun amongst the stunning setting of the Cowra Japanese Garden. For further information contact Cowra Japanese Garden on 02 6341 2233, info@cowragarden.com.au or visit www.cowragarden.com.au

Program for the Cultural Stage

10am – 10.20am Torsion Youth Choreographic Ensemble

10.30am – 11.00am Wadaiko Rindo - Taiko Drummers

11.00am – 11.30am Sydney Sakura Choir

11.30am – 12.00am Tai Chi. – Cowra U3A group

12.00pm – 12.20pm Misako Piper - Soprano

12.30pm – 12.50pm Sydney Soran Odori-tai (Dance Troup)

12.50pm – 2.00pm The String Family [ Quartet] Family Entertainment

2.00pm – 2.15pm Torsion Youth Choreographic Ensemble

2.15pm – 2.45pm Wadaiko Rindo - Taiko Drummers

2.45pm - 3.15pm Sydney Sakura Choir

3.15pm - 3.30pm Sydney Soran Odori-tai (Dance Troup)

3.30pm - 3.50pm Misako Piper - Soprano  

Martial Arts Arena 

Cowra Japanese Martial Arts Group – 9.30am – 10am; 11.30am till 12pm and 3pm till 3.30pm. 

Kumiai-Ryu Martial Arts – 10am - 10.30am, 12pm – 12.30pm and 2.30pm till 3pm. 

Aikido – 10.30am till 11am, 12.30pm – 1pm and 2pm till 2.30pm. 

Sumo Wrestling – 11am–11.30am and 1pm – 2pm. 

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