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The 20th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 11:30pm -- Peter Fitzpatrick
Kicking off the Cherry Blossom Festival with the breaking of the sake drum. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Tamagawa University Taiko Drum Troupe is ranked third in the world for their unique style and performance. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Tamagawa University Taiko Dance Troupe performed for thousands at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Tamagawa University Taiko Dance Troupe displays heart-pounding drum rhythms with elegant dances in breath-taking fashion. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
One of the drummers from the Tamagawa University Drum Troupe prepares for the next performance. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Currently the Tamagawa University Dance and Drum Troupe are on a 40 city tour within the United States. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Thousands of fans were pleased with the performance of the Tamagawa University Dance and Drum Troupe. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
1600 cherry trees were given by Japan to the City of Philadelphia as a gesture of friendship back in 1926. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Many people at the cherry blossom festival dressed up in a cosplay style depicting their favorite anime characters. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Kids enjoyed some face painting as part of the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Some fans were very creative with their characters at the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
People had an opportunity to learn Japanese calligraphy at the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The art of Origami was loved by many during the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The Japanese Tea Ceremony is an experience that involves the participation by both the host and guests. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
From hair decorations to sake sets, there were many items to purchase at the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Several demonstrations of the art of Akido by students at the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
A mixture of creativity and style during a sushi competition at the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Dogs also took part of the festival with the "Prettiest Pet in Pink" competition. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Many fans throughout the city and out of state came to the 20th anniversary of the cherry blossom festival in Philadelphia. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Free tours of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden during the cherry blossom festival. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News