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Sakura Days Japan Fair is organized by the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver (JFAV), the all-volunteer organizing committee of this two-day event, as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and hosted by VanDusen Botanical Garden.


Avoid the line-ups and save money by buying early bird tickets online, until 11:30 pm PDT April 13, 2018. Early bird tickets are available in person at VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, Admissions Desk during garden hours starting March 15. Tickets will also be available at the door, but they are more expensive than online tickets and you will have to wait in a longer line-up to enter. Children under the age of 3 are free.

Tickets will also be available at the door – please keep in mind that you will have to wait in a longer line-up to enter.

VanDusen Members: There are reduced rates for VanDusen Members. All Member tickets must be purchased in person at VanDusen either before (beginning March 15) or on the day of the event, with a valid Vandusen membership card.

Video Credit: Frank Pan

The festival is delighted to present Sakura Days Japan Fair presented by JTB International & Silkway Travel on the weekend of April 14 & 15! Experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, culinary demonstrations, enjoy Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, guided Tree Talks and Walks to the cherry trees, and enjoy haiku readings. Experience Japan with hands-on workshops and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations.

Heart of the Japanese Music

Waraku once again presents sublime Japanese traditional folk music this year, featuring Tsugaru Shamisen (Japanese three-string instrument) musician Kohei Honda and world-renowned Japanese drum player, Keita Kanezashi.

Originally developed as an accompanying instrument for the traditional folk song, Tsugaru Shamisen has also been evolved as a solo instrument for hundreds of years.

2018 Feature Visiting Artists

Keita Kanezashi

Keita Kanezashi

Keita Kanezashi, Japanese Taiko player who performed in the memorable concert in 2016, joins with Kohei. They embark on a new presentation with uplifting energy radiating from their ensemble.

Kohei Honda

Kohei Honda

Kohei pursues an authentic sound of Tsugaru Shamisen and has done remarkable work at the professional folk bar Oiwake in Asakusa, Tokyo.

This is the first time Kohei Honda unveils his talented performance in Canada. He plays traditional Japanese folk music such as Tsugaru Jongara Bushi.

Cherry Stage Talent:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
11:10 – 11:40 ….. Miu no Kai Koto Ensemble  (from Japan)
11:50 – 12:20 ….. VCBF: Vancouver Sings One Song
12:30 – 12:50 ….. Roku Shichi Taiko
1:00 – 1:20 ….. Opening Ceremony: Speeches and Kagamiwari
1:20 – 1:35 ….. Vancouver Rakuichi Shishimai Lions Dance
1:40 – 2:00 ….. Otowa Ryu Japanese Dance Group
2:15 – 2:35 ….. NAV Chorus
2:50 – 3:05 ….. Japanese Calligraphy Kisyuu
3:15 – 3:30 ….. Hojo Hand-Crafted Samurai Armor Corps (from Japan)
3:50 – 4:30 ….. FEATURE: Kohei Honda and Keita Kanazashi (from Japan)
4:40 – 4:55 ….. Toshiko Ezaki
5:05 – 5:20 ….. Ao
5:35 – 6:05 ….. Inyodo
6:10 – 6:30 ….. Seishun Youth Academy
6:40 – 7:00 ….. FEATURE: Lantern Parade led by Vancouver Ondo Group, Eisa Taiko Group and Hojo Hand-Crafted Samurai Armor Corps
Sunday, April 15, 2018
11:15 – 11:30 ….. Pico
11:45 – 12:10 ….. Shorinji Kempo
12:20 – 12:50 ….. Tomoe Arts Students
1:00 – 1:20 ….. Sakura Singers
1:35 – 1:55 ….. Seishun Youth Academy
2:10 – 2:15 ….. Tenrikyo Joyous Stars
2:25 – 2:55 ….. VCBF: Vancouver Sings One Song
3:05 – 3:45 …..FEATURE: Kohei Honda and Keita Kanazashi (from Japan)
4:00 – 4:20 ….. BOYiSH7
4:30 – 4:50 ….. Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Please Note:
– Please make sure to print out your ticket and bring with you to the event or have your ticket available on your mobile device.
– Online ticket holders must enter through the Advance/Online/Member/Media door on the day of the event. Please DO NOT wait in the general ticket purchasing line up.
– Each ticket is good for all day entry to the event on EITHER April 14 OR April 15. If you would like to attend both days, you need to purchase two tickets/person.
– No pets allowed.
– Parking is very limited, please TravelSmart.
– This event is wheelchair accessible.
– Many vendors are cash only. ATM on site.
– This is a rain or shine event. NO REFUNDS.

*Please note that Eventbrite adds on ticket engine fees to below amounts

2018 Ticket Price Chart Advance Online and Gate Sale Until April 14 Online and Gate Sale Until April 15
Adults (19-64) $12.00 $14.00
Children (3-12) $4.25 $5.00
Youth (13-18) $9.50 $11.00
Senior (65+) $9.50 $11.00
VanDusen Adult Member (19-64)
*Purchase in person only
VanDusen Senior Member (65+)
*Purchase in person only
$8.00 $8.00

How To Get There

SkyTrain: Oakridge-41st Avenue Station
Buses: 17, 41, 43

*Programs subject to change.