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Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Matsuri

Welcome to the 17th Annual
Ryu Shu Kan’s Cherry Blossom Festival~
The official site of The Japan Center
at Stony Brook’s Sakura Matsuri

When:Sunday, May 7, 2017 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 with Stony Brook University’s Taiko group “Taiko Tides”, the day is filled with exciting activities for children and adults. Click on ‘Events’ above for our schedule. See below for brief Info!

World-Class Performers (For a full list of performers, click here.)

Kaoru Watanabe and his Modern Taiko with special guest Shane Shanahan, Masayo Ishigure and her Koto ensemble “Miyabi”, Junko Fisher -Okinawan Dance, Ichfujikai traditional Japanese Dance company and Long Island’s own Ryu Shu Taiko -Drums of Japan will light up the stage and dazzle you with a variety of Japanese dance, and music. Daniel Nyohaku Soergel will perform on the Shakuhachi in the Bamboo Atrium.

Featuring a Special Presentation of Sho-Do (Japanese calligraphy) by Setsuhi Shiraishi accompanied by Hideo Sekino on Shakuhachi. Click on her picture to learn more…

“Let me speak about calligraphy and music. I belong to the wind instrument orchestra and play french horn myself. There are actually many similarities between the two. The lines in calligraphy have sound, rhythm and volume just like music. In other words, the lines of the characters, speed of brushing and density of ink. If music has a heart, so does calligraphy.” -Setsuhi Shiraishi

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

COSPLAY-This Year Featuring A Cosplay Fashion Show presented by CosplayNYC magazine along with selected Anime Short Films and Live performance by REAKT – a Japanese artist from Tokyo, Japan currently living in the USA. His music is a mix of Japanese Pop, EDM, and Hip Hop…who performs his songs in Japanese/English and covers Japanese anime songs.


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

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… Naginata (Halberd) by the Columbia Univ. Naginata Club.

Two Theater Performances and a Special Taiko performance “under the Cherry Blossoms”

1:00pm – Classical & Contemporary, featuring:

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

2:30 – 3:00pm Ryu Shu Taiko ‘under the Sakura’ in front of the Wang Center

3:30pm – Traditional & Modern, featuring:

  • Ryu Shu Kan Karate – Kobudo – Kendo and Columbia Naginata
  • Junko Fisher – Okinawan Dance
  • Kaoru Watanabe & Special Guest Shane Shanahan
Please click here for more information on these performers.

Admission to BOTH Performances, PLUS: Tea Ceremony, Ikebana, Cosplay, Haiku, and Shakuhachi:
Adults: $15
Students & Seniors: $12
Kids Ages 6 – 12: $8

Kids 5 & under: 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 information – please call Ryu Shu Kan: 631-698-2467

For Tickets – Please call the Charles 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.