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Cherry Blossom Festival April 24

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cherry-blossom-clusterWelcome spring to Long Island the Japanese way with the exciting sounds of Taiko drums, the elegance of Japanese dance and music, and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits, demonstrations, and events for the entire family on Saturday, April 24, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Charles B. Wang Center.

Ryu Shu Kan’s 10th annual Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, is presented by the Japan Center at Stony Brook in collaboration with Wang Center’s Asian and Asian-American programs. Beginning with Stony Brook’s Taiko Tides Drums, the day is filled with activities for everyone: exhibitions of bonsai, sumi-e (ink paintings), ikebana (flower arrangements), kimono, raku-yaki (pottery), manga, origami, haiku, face-painting, reiki, martial arts, and more will be displayed throughout the day.

Admission to martial arts demos and exhibits is free. There will be two theater performances. Folk Tales and Legends will be performed at 1:30 pm and Japanese Classical to Contemporary Music and Dance will be performed at 4:00 pm. Admission to each show: adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children 5 to 12, $6 (children four and under are free). If you purchase tickets for both performances, the second show is 50 percent off.

For more information, please call Ryu Shu Kan Director Gerard Senese at (631) 698-2467 or visit

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