Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cherry Blossom Festival - Downtown, Fort Wayne - May 14 & 15, 2011

When:  May 14 (6pm-9pm) and May 15 (noon-6pm) 
Where:  Downtown Allen County Public Library
What:  A Japanese Cultural Event  
Cost:  Most events are free
Saturday Evening, May 14, 2011:
Special: A Magical Evening of Japanese Music  - ACPL Theatre 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Featuring  World-renowned Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto -   local Philharmonic artists:  Hiromi Ito, violin, Hikaru Tamaki, cello; Akira Murotani, trumpet: and Bob Nance, piano. Also: Daniel Quinn guitar; Dorothy Kittaka. Soprano;  Janice Furtner, soprano  and members of the Fort Wayne Taiko
Seating is limited. Cost:  $15 /adult (with $5 going for Japanese Disaster Relief)/ Children 12 and under, $5.  For ticket information, contact Michele Yamanaka at 424-5070.
a ASAHI Beer will be available for purchase from The Green Frog in the theatre lobby, starting at 6 p.m.
a Anime Films Showing:  Meeting Rooms A,B,C.   6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost; no charge. [Persons 12 years old and under MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult]

Opening Ceremony Sunday, May 15, 2011
Fort Wayne Taiko
12:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony
           Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
singing the Star Spangled Banner and the Japanese National Anthem, and
            Sakura, Cherry Blossom (in Japanese)
Mayor Tom Henry with the Official Welcome with the Proclamation from
the City of Fort Wayne
Sayaka Ganz, leading the public in a traditional Bon-Odori dance