Branch Brook Park


April 23, 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville + Prudential Concert Grove, Clifton Avenue Entrance, Newark

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a crafter's marketplace, food and more!

The celebration continues at the Cherry Blossom Welcome Center and the Prudential Concert Grove!


Main Stage

11:00 AM: James Moody Jazz Orchestra

12:00 PM: Welcome Ceremony

1:00 PM: Cobu Taiko Drum & Dance Troupe

2:00 PM: Sawai Koto Academy

3:00 PM: Samurai Sword Soul

4:15 PM: Soh Daiko

Cultural Tent

11:00 AM: How to Make a Bonsai Tree Demonstration with Elves Florals

11:30 AM:  How to Wear Kimono Demonstration with Hideyo Yamada            

1:00 PM: Japanese Traditional Dance Demonstration with Masayo Fujii

1:30 PM: Sushi Demonstration with Hideyo Yamada 

2:00 PM: Ikebana Flower Arrangement with Ikebana Society

3:00 PM: Sushi Demonstration with Hideyo Yamada                            

3:30 PM: Drawing Demonstrations by Pinot’s Palette

4:00 PM: Performance by Kuni Mikami & East of the Sun Jazz Group  

Fun Zone

Richard Reiter Drum Circle: 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:40 PM

Prudential Grove

ALL DAY: Workshops with Misako Rocks!

11:00 AM: Arts High School Latin Jazz Band

1:30 PM: Sachiyo Ito & Company

2:30 PM: Drumline Guy: Marcus Joyner