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Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Matsuri

Welcome to the 16th Annual
Ryu Shu Kan’s Cherry Blossom Festival~
The official site of The Japan Center
at Stony Brook’s Sakura Matsuri

When:Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 12 noon to 5 pm (rain or shine)

Where: Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center.

Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way with the exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, the elegance of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits and events for the entire family. This is the premier Japan culture event on Long Island.

Beginning at 12 noon, the day is filled with exciting activities for children and adults. See below for details!


World-Class Performers

Masayo Ishigure and her Koto ensemble, Junko Fisher -Okinawan Dance & Songs, Ichfujikai traditional Japanese Dance company and more will light up the stage and dazzle you with a variety of Japanese art, dance, and music. Daniel Nyohaku Soergel will perform on the Shakuhachi in the Bamboo Atrium and finish on stage in the theater with Ryu Shu Taiko -Drums of Japan. For a full list of performers, click here.


Demonstrations and Exhibitions:

This Year Featuring A Cosplay Fashion Show presented by CosplayNYC magazine along with selected Anime Short Films.


Activities for children will include Origami, learn to draw Manga,  and workshops in  Koto and Martial Arts.

For adults, there will be an opportunity to partake in the Japanese Tea ceremony (Cha no Yu), and the unique art of Ikebana (flower arranging) and try Kimono Fashions. Performances of Shakuhachi-bamboo flute- will include the mysterious sounds of Zen Shakuhachi and a collaboration of Haiku Poetry. Martial Arts demonstrations will include Okinawan Karate and Kobudo (Ancient weapons), Kendo (Samurai Swordsmanship) and SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS OF NAGINATA (Halberd) by the COLUMBIA NAGINATA CLUB and Iai-Do -The art of drawing the Samurai sword.

For a list of all demonstrators and exhibitors, click here.

Featuring a Special Presentation of the Japanese Halberd martial art, the Naginata

Columbia Naginata2

The first naginata club of the Ivy League, the Columbia University Naginata Club, will be demonstrating this Japanese halberd martial art, with roots dating back to the Heian Period (794-1185 A.D.).

Two Theater Performances

1:00pm – Classical & Contemporary, featuring:

  • Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi~Koto/Samisen Ensemble
  • Ichifujikai Traditional Japanese Dance

3:30pm – Traditional & Modern, featuring:

  • Junko Fisher Okinawan Dance and Songs with Sanshin
  • Iai-Do -art of the sword draw.
  • Daniel Nyohaku Soergel, Shakuhachi
  • Ryu Shu Taiko
Please click here for more information on these performers.

Admission to BOTH Performances, Tea Ceremony, Shakuhachi and Ikebana:
Adults: $20
Students & Seniors: $15
Kids Under 12: Free


The festival is from 12 noon to 5 pm rain or shine – Japanese lunch  will be available for sale in the Jasmine restaurant.

For info.- please call Ryu Shu Kan: 516-457-8481

Chas. B. Wang Center: 631- 632-1944



This festival is made possible through our major sponsors: the Japan Center at Stony Brook & The Charles B. Wang Center with a special Grant from JapanFoundation, NY -Center for Global Patrnership.  Produced by the Ryu Shu Kan.