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Sakura Days Japan Fair is presented 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.
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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 haiku readings. We also have hands-on workshops and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations.

Skip the line and purchase early-bird tickets here. Tickets are available in person at VanDusen Botanical Garden during garden hours, and are available at the door on the days of, but you will have to wait in a longer line-up to enter. Children under the age of 3 are free. Note that this is an all weather event.

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 membership card for reduced rates.

Feature Performance: KiKi and Kanazashi from Japan and world-renown taiko performer, Keita Kanezashi

Cherry Stage Schedule

Saturday April 13 (10:00am – 6:00pm)

10:40 – 11:20 Dahaza / Bushido
11:30 – 11:50 NAV Chorus
12:00 – 12:20 PM Opening Ceremony: Speeches and Kagamiwari
12:20 – 12:30 Vancouver Rakuichi Shishimai Lions Dance
12:35 – 12:55 Otowa Ryu Japanese Dance Group
13:05 – 13:35 Vancouver Eishin Ryu Iaido Club
13:55 – 14:35 FEATURE: KiKi and Keita Kanazashi
14:55 – 15:10 Sakura Singers
15:20 – 15:45 Daikagura by Michiyo Kagami
15:55 – 16:15 Koto Meets Violin
16:30 – 16:50 Yoko Sonoda and Friends
17:00 – 17:20 Go Taiko
17:30 – 18:00 SDJF Ondo & Parade

Sunday April 14 (10:00am – 5:00pm)

10:45 – 11:10 Shorinji Kempo
11:20 – 11:50 TomoeArts
12:00 – 12:20 50+
12:40 – 13:00 Onibana Taiko
13:15 – 13:35 Banana Bread
13:50 – 14:10 Kisyuu & Nori – Japanese Calligraphy & Taiko Drumming
14:25 – 14:40 KANATA
14:50 – 13:00 Tenrikyo Joyous Stars
15:20 – 16:00 FEATURE: KiKi and Keita Kanazashi
16:15 – 16:30 Toshiko Ezaki
16:40 – 17:00 Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Video Credit: Frank Pan

Please Note:
  • Print out your ticket 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 13 OR April 14, 2019
    • 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

*Eventbrite adds on ticket engine fees to below amounts

2019 Ticket Price Chart Advance Online* and Gate Sale Until April 13 Online* and Gate Sale Until April 14
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
$9.00
$9.00
VanDusen Senior Member (65+)
Purchase in person only
$8.00 $8.00

Programs subject to change.

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