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Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Matsuri

Welcome to the 15th Annual
Ryu Shu Kan’s Cherry Blossom Festival~
The official site of The Japan Center
at Stony Brook’s Sakura Matsuri

When:Sunday, May 3, 2015 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

Kaoru Watanabe and his Taiko group, Masayo Ishigure and her Koto ensemble, Junko Fisher and her Okinawan 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 throughout the day. For a full list of performers, click here.


Demonstrations and Exhibitions

Activities for children will include Origami, Color your own Japanese “Oni” Demon mask, learn to draw Manga, workshops in Martial Arts, Taiko and Dance

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 A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF NAGINATA (Halberd) by the COLUMBIA NAGINATA CLUB.

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:

  • Ryu Shu Taiko
  • Junko Fisher Okinawan Songs with Sanshin
  • Ichifujikai Traditional Japanese Dance

3:00pm – Traditional & Modern, featuring:

  • Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi~Koto/Samisen Ensemble
  • Junko Fisher and Dance Company
  • Kaoru Watanabe and Ne-O Taiko Ensemble
Please click here for more information on each of these performers.

Admission to BOTH Performances:
Adults: $15
Students & Seniors: $12
Kids Ages 5-12: $9
Kids 4 & Under: Free


The festival is from 12 noon to 5 pm rain or shine – Japanese lunch  and tea will be available for sale.

For info.- please call Ryu Shu Kan: 631-698-2467  (day of event: 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.  Produced by the Ryu Shu Kan in partnership with the Japan Center at Stony Brook.