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Blossom into Spring with Japanese Festivals

Alicia Lieu, Staff Writer

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The spring brings out cultural appreciation as it’s the blooming season for cherry blossoms. Take a day out of the house to see, hear, and taste parts of the Japanese culture. All over Washington D.C., the trees bloom vibrantly as Japan had sent seeds long before as a symbol of their long friendship with the United States.

The cherry blossom festivals allow Californians to become a part of the celebration and delight the crowd with valuable fragments of Japanese traditions.

The nearest festival by La Puente is at the South Hills Plaza on March 19th in West Covina with free admission. The areas range from Huntington Beach on March 20th to the Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge starting March 12th. All festivals welcome local residents to participate in the many activities, such as tea ceremonies, origami stations, and dance performances.

There will be views of people wearing formal gowns called kyotos and kimonos. The vibrant colors of the trees in addition to the beautiful gowns is a sight to see. Tap along with the Japanese Taiko drums at the closest festival.

It is suggested that people go to the Descanso Gardens if the drive is not a problem. Only there will one be able to see themselves in an actual spring festival just as if they were in Japan.

The cherry blossoms will be fully bloomed with a train for children and adults to take a ride in around the acres of beauty. The garden also has a traditional Japanese tea house established on the perimeter to add on to the visuals and experiences. Parking is free, and it is a chance to appreciate the artistry of both the Japanese blossoms and California’s gardens.

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