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Vancouver’s Sakura Days Japan Fair

Sakura Days Japan Fair

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival‘s Sakura Days Japan Fair showcases Japanese food and cultural activities at VanDusen Botanical Garden in April.

In 2024 the Sakura Days Japan Fair takes place on April 13th and 14th.

 

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Japan Festival at VanDusen Garden

In 2023 the Sakura Days Japan Fair took place on April 15th and 16th. The event returns on the Saturday and Sunday of April 13th and 14th in 2024.

At the event there is usually traditional Japanese music and live performances, as well as a tea ceremony, woodworking demonstrations and more. There is also lots of traditional Japanese festival-style food most years including okonomiyaki (a kind of savory cabbage pancake), yakisoba (fried noodles) and other tasty treats.

If you plan to visit VanDusen Garden in the spring, do so during the Sakura Days Japan Fair. You won’t be disappointed. The garden is still usually about a month away from its beautiful best, but the Japanese activities and entertainment are definitely worth seeing. And when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the place is very pretty.

It’s hard to predict when the cherry blossoms will be at their peak at VanDusen garden. Some years they are fully in bloom during the Sakura Days Japan Fair and other years they aren’t. It’s a bit of a hit and miss and depends on the weather each season.

 

Spring Flowers at VanDusen Gardens

 

Sakura Days Admission

The cost for the Sakura Days Japan Fair normally depends on whether you have a membership with VanDusen Garden.

In 2023 admission prices to the event when purchased online were the following:

  • Adults: $18.60
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $14.40
  • Youth (ages 13-18): $14.40
  • Children: (ages 5-12): $6.60
  • Little Kids: (ages 0-4): Free

Prices for the Sakura Days event are not a lot more than regular admission at VanDusen Garden, so it’s not unreasonable, especially if you like Japanese culture. 2024’s prices are likely to be comparable.

Note: Admission rates and other details are subject to change.

 

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko Drummers
Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

 

2023 Event Schedule

In 2023 the Sakura Days Japan Fair ran on the Saturday and Sunday of April 15th and 16th. The event was on from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on the Saturday, and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on the Sunday. Below was the entertainment schedule for both days. The entertainment schedule for 2024 is to be confirmed.

 


Saturday, April 15th, 2023


 

  • 11:00 am – Bushido
  • 11:30 am – Music on the Plaza by AYASEN
  • 11:35 am – Vancouver Iaido Club
  • 12:05 pm – Opening Ceremony: Speeches and Kagamiwari
  • 12:15 pm – Music on the Plaza by KRUnited
  • 12:30 pm – Vancouver Mikoshi RAKUICHI
  • 13:00 pm – Otowa Ryu Dance
  • 13:00 pm – Music on the Plaza by Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Group
  • 14:00 pm – KIKI with Kieta Kanazashi
  • 14:00 pm – Music on the Plaza by AYASEN
  • 14:50 pm – BOYiSH7
  • 15:00 pm – Music on the Plaza by KRUnited
  • 15:20 pm – Go Taiko
  • 15:50 pm – Sakura Singers
  • 16:20 pm – APPARE Yosakoi
  • 16:40 pm – Non Sweet
  • 17:15 pm – SDJF Ondo Parade

For the full schedule of workshops and activities click vcbf.ca.

 

BOYish7 at Sakura Days
BOYish7 at VanDusen Garden

 


Sunday, April 16th, 2023


 

  • 11:00 am – Jpgakuen
  • 11:20 am – Tomoe Arts
  • 12:00 pm – Shorinji Kempo
  • 12:40 pm – Southern Wave Okinawan Music & Dance
  • 13:10 pm – Kisyuu Japanese Calligrapher
  • 14:00 pm – KIKI with Kieta Kanazashi
  • 14:50 pm – Tenrikyo Joyous Stars
  • 15:10 pm – Cosei
  • 15:40 pm – Non sweet
  • 16:15 pm – Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Visit vcbf.ca for details about other workshops and activities.

 

Tea Ceremony Demonstrations
Tea Ceremony Presenters

 

Other Information

Click Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival for other cherry tree-related events taking place in April (including the Big Picnic and Bike the Blossoms).

For the festival’s official website, visit vcbf.ca.

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