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Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2019

Hojo Hand-Crafted Samurai Armor Corps from Japan appeared at the festival in 2018.

It just isn’t spring without a stop at the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Located in the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-day event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere. The gardens host this fair between 10:00 am PDT to 6:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 13th and 10:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, April 14th, 2019.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the budding pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. Two performers from Japan are scheduled to attend: taiko drummer Keita Kanazashi and shamisen players KiKi.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may rain or the fields might have mud. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required for entry; tickets are available for purchase online (includes discount) or in person at the door.

VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2018

With the holiday season in high gear, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver are decked out in millions of Christmas lights for another year of the Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 6th, 2019. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018 Photos

While the forecast called for rain, it held off long enough on Saturday for the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Though many trees have already shed their blossoms, there were a few still in bloom to celebrate this springtime tradition.

Here’s a selection of pictures taken Saturday afternoon, complete with live calligraphy, hand-made samurai armour, blacksmithing and more!


Sakura Days Japan Fair continues Sunday from 11:00 am thru 5:00 pm; so there’s still time to grab some gyoza and watch the samurai performances.

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018

The smell of yakitori (chicken skewers) is enough to bring anyone to Sakura Days!

Start spring off right with a day at the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Located in the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-day event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the budding pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this fair between 11:00 am PDT to 7:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 14th and 11:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, April 15th, 2018.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining or the fields might have mud. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required for entry; tickets are available for purchase online.

Festival of Lights returns to VanDusen Botanical Gardens for 2017

It’s that time of year when the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens transforms into dazzling display of colourful lights just in time for Christmas.

Thousands of Christmas lights are strung along the garden’s many trees and bushes that brighten up the winding paths. There’s also live music and food trucks serving warm drinks and snacks, a carousel, musical instruments and more.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 7th, 2018. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2017

The Tea Ceremony in 2016

The tea ceremony is the embodiment of poise and hospitality.

After a long, cold and snowy winter, the bright pink blossoms of spring are just around the corner with the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Returning to VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this celebration from 11:00 am PDT to 7:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 8th and from 11:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required and tickets are available for purchase online.

VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2016

Once again, the lovely VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver is beautifully decorated as part of their annual Festival of Lights.

Thousands upon thousands of colourful bulbs wind along the trees and flower beds to create stunning Christmas displays. The snow left over from the storms earlier in the week made for an even more magical experience.

Additional photos from Saturday evening’s walk are online in Gallery.

The Festival of Lights is on until Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Tickets are available online or in person at the gardens.

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2016 photos

Spring was ushered in with the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the delightful VanDusen Gardens this past weekend. With tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, haiku writing, sake sampling, ramen, yakitori, and of course, cherry blossoms! Photos from the two-day festival are on Gallery.

Preparing tea during the tea ceremony Kagamibiraki - breaking of the sake barrel Tetsu Taiko
Cherry blossoms! Ducklings bobbing for food in the garden pond. Yakitori grilling over charcoal

Sakura Days Japan Festival brings festival fun to VanDusen Botanical Gardens April 2016

Drummers from Tetsu Taiko perform in 2015

Drummers from Tetsu Taiko perform in 2015

Spring is just around the corner. With all the cherry blossoms sprouting on trees throughout Vancouver, it’s a perfect time to head out and enjoy the Sakura Days Japan Festival inside the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens.

Explore two days filled with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts and crafts and more under the delicate umbrella of the sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this celebration between 10:00 am PDT and 5:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, 2016.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens brightens up those dark winter evenings!

One of the more impressive displays of Christmas lights has been strung up around the VanDusen Botanical Gardens for the Festival of Lights. Over a million lights have been placed to bring joy and wonder to the gardens with activities the whole family can enjoy.

A break in the stormy weather that rolled over Metro Vancouver during the last week offered somewhat dry, yet windy opportunity to make my first visit to the Festival of Lights. Although I’ve been in VanDusen before, seeing it transformed with the brilliant displays after dark is just that more magical. Of course, I had my camera with me and many of the pictures I took are available on Gallery.

The Festival of Lights runs until December 31st, 2015. Tickets can be purchased in person or in advance online through the VanDusen Botanical Gardens web site. Tickets purchased are also good for Enchanted Nights at Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Lights ring the pond and fountain A water wheel at work bathed in blue lights Cleverly recycled plastic bottles make beautiful tulip lamps
Lighting the way You're a mean one, Mr Grinch... Floating disco balls reflect the light in a unique decoration

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