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  • Sakura Festival 2017

    31 March – 2 April 2017
    ARK Hills

    In spring, some 220 cherry trees come into full bloom along a stretch of about 1 kilometer near Ark Hills, in an international neighbourhood of Akasaka.

    To celebrate spring, the 2017 edition of the annual “Sakura Festival” will be held for three days. Funo-hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) activities will await you there, such as mini-picnicking, food stalls, live music, workshops and other participatory programs.

    The rooftop garden on the Suntory Hall building, usually closed to the public, will also be opened spcecially during the event.

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

    Lighting of cherry trees
    Lighting of some 220 Somei Yoshino cherry trees, lining streets surrounding ARK Hills from Sakura-zaka to Spain-zaka.
    【Date】late March – mid-April (*according to the blossoming of cherry trees)
    【Time】5 – 10 pm

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

    Gourmet food stalls
    Food stalls run by ARK Hills’ 13 restaurants and cafes will offer tasty snacks, perfect for o-hanami.

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)
    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)
    food menu examples

    Special flower decoration
    Dynamic cherry blossom arrangement made by the flower artist Jun Iwai will set the flowery tone of the event venue. On the final day, the tree branches used in the arrangement will be distributed to the public.
    Post-event distribution
    【Date / time】 2 April (Sun) 6:30 pm
    【Place】 ARK Karajan Square (*one for each person, first come first served)

    Workshops
    Japanese paper making, hair accessories of Japanese motifs and more. Kids can also participate. Fees extra.

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)
    washi (Japanese paper) making

    Neighborhood booths
    A variety of programs offered by institutions in the neighbourhood.

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)
    Making sakura sweets at Hotel Okura (above, fees extra) and TechShop Tokyo’s booth (below)

    Live music
    RAI-KIRI
    Japanese music by the quintet led by Keisuke Ito (Tsugaru shamisen) with shakuhachi, guitar, bass players and a percussionist.
    【Date / time】 1 April (Sat) 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 5 pm
    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

    Miyabi Todoroki Daiko
    Powerful Japanese drum performance by the group from Katushika-ku, Tokyo
    【Date / time】 2 April (Sun) 11:30 am, 2 pm, 4:30 pm
    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

    Spring roof garden
    The rooftop garden on the Suntory Hall building will be specially open to the public for free.
    【Date / time】 31 March (Fri) through 2 April (Sun) 10 am – 5 pm

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

    Lighting of Four Seasons’ Garden
    The Four Seasons’ Garden will be lit up by solarpuff.
    【Date / time】 31 March (Fri) 5 – 8 pm; 1 – 2 April (Sat, Sun) 5 – 7 pm

    Hills Marché: special edition
    Hills Marché (held every Saturday) will be held on Saturday and Sunday for extended hours. Find fresh fruits and vegetables, your favourite jam, spring flowers and more.
    【Date / time】 1 – 2 April (Sat, Sun) 10 am – 5 pm
    【Place】 Ark Karajan Square

    Sakura Festival 2017 at ARK Hills (amuzen article)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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