The Tamagawa Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe at Haverford College, a preview of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Sunday, April 13th

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 Haverford College in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA.  See map
Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe
Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe

The world-touring Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance troupe return

to Philadelphia
for the Japan America Society’s 17th Annual Subaru Cherry Blossom
Festival. The Tokyo-based troupe will bring their lively performances, which
combine traditional Japanese folk dances with thundering percussion and
visually stunning costumes to Philadelphia and its suburbs. A listing of the
show times, venues and ticketing information is below.

Event dates are as follows:    

Friday, April 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Haverford College in Roberts

Hall, Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA. This event is

Saturday, April 5, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Painted Bride Art Center located at 230 Vine Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at www.paintedbride.org

Sunday, April 6, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Swarthmore College
in the Lang Concert Hall, 500
College Avenue in Swarthmore, PA. This
event is free. 

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at West
Chester University in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at Philips Memorial
Hall Building, 700 South High Street in Westchester, PA. Tickets are $5 and can
be purchased at http://www.wcupa.edu/visitingartists/VAS.asp.      

Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Westtown School,

975 Westtown Road
in West
Chester, PA.
This event is free.

Additional Festival events include the Cherry Blossom 5K on Saturday, April 12 as well as Japanese Culture Week at the Liberty Place Rotunda where participants can get hands on experience with kimono dressing, origami and other activities April 7-11. There is also a food tasting, anamateur sushi-making competition, kaiseki dinner, film screenings and more. The centerpiece of the Festival is Sakura Sunday on April 13 at the Horticultural Center in West Fairmount Park, offering a full day of food, world-class traditional music and dance performances, martial arts, colorful crafts and activities for all ages.  A complete listing of events is available online at http://www.subarucherryblossom.org and event information is available by calling 215-790-3810. 

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, a project of

the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP), with tremendous

support from Subaru of America, Inc as title sponsor.  The Festival aims to foster a better
understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan building
on the JASGP commitment to plant and maintain cherry trees in local parks. To
date, JASGP has planted more than 1,000 cherry trees, supplementing the 1,600
flowering trees presented by the Japanese government as a gesture of friendship
in 1926.

Digital photos and additional information on cherry trees, cherry blossom traditions in Japan,and the work of the JASGP are available at www.subarucherryblossom.org

About the Japan America Society of

Greater Philadelphia (JASGP):

Founded in 1994, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia is an association of individuals, corporations and organizations devoted to fostering relationships between Americans and Japanese by promoting and encouraging better understanding of the business, cultural, social, educational, and political practices and customs of Japan and the United States.





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