Warm and dry weather contributed to a successful 39th annual Denver Cherry Blossom Festival, or Sakura Matsuri, on June 25 and 26. The annual festival celebrates Japanese American culture and food. Hard-working volunteers mobilized to put on an entertaining and tasty festival that featured new food offerings including teri-burgers with a zesty Hatch chili sauce. Visitors explored Asian art and gifts in the vendor area, and many had their names or sayings written by accomplished Japanese calligraphers. Organizers of the festival thank all the volunteers for their dedication and time, all the vendors and entertainers for their performances and sharing their wares, and most of all, the visitors for their interest and enthusiasm for Japanese American culture. The Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple extends a warm invitation for the 40th annual festival next summer!

Photos by Glenn Asakawa: A birds-eye view of the Obon festivities from the Solera Building and Denver Taiko performing at the Cherry Blossom Festival.