Hear from festival organizers and enjoy cultural performances in the virtual Sakura Tent.
Traditionally the home of the festival’s mainstage, the Sakura Tent in previous years housed the opening and closing ceremonies of the Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s video includes welcome messages from Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Consul General Takashi Hatori of the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver, and the BC Wakayama Kenjin Kai’s Dr. Jim Tanaka, Mary Hirano, and Sammy Hirano. The video closes with a special shigin (performance of a Japanese poem), which pays tribute to the pioneering Japanese immigrant Gihei Kuno. The background music heard throughout the video is an original composition by Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos performed on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and shinkin (three-stringed lute).