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File #: 170155    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/16/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/16/2017
Title: Recognizing and Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature17015500.pdf
Recognizing and Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival began in 1997 as a tree planting effort by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) in Philadelphia's historic Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River. Since then, it has grown to become a 9-day celebration of Japanese arts and culture, as well as a display of the growing friendship between Japan and the City of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, In line with this mission of fostering a better understanding of Japanese cultural and social customs, JASGP, with support from its title sponsor Subaru of America, Inc., has planted over 1,000 cherry trees to date in local parks as part of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. These flowering trees supplement the 2,600 cherry trees the Japanese government gave to the people of Philadelphia during the 1926 sesquicentennial; and

WHEREAS, Every year, thousands of Philadelphians and visitors gather in Fairmount Park to enjoy various family-friendly events and activities that highlight Japanese culture. These events include traditional Japanese ohanami, parties beneath the cherry trees with food, drink, and entertainment in which spectators gather to view and enjoy the blossoms; and

WHEREAS, This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival and the celebration will begin on Saturday, April 1st, with events taking place at Fairmount Park, Center City and Old City. Visitors can expect to watch international performances, sample Japanese foods, experience the dynamic Japanese pop cultures of cosplay and anime, and participate in the Cherry Blossom 10K/5K run. The festival will end on April 9th; and

WHEREAS, The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival helps citizens of Philadelphia celebrate and learn more about Japanese culture and is an important opportunity to strengthen connections with the Japanese American comm...

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