Japan Week 2021 Starts This Weekend – And the Weather Will Be Beautiful

We are pleased to share this program information from our friends at the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville. The weather forecast is for beautiful days. So go out and enjoy the Cherry Blossom trees that proliferate around Nashville, and the Spring programs offered.

Saturday, April 3rd 

Tuesday, April 6th 

  • 10:00, 10:45, and 11:30 AM – Storytime in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden Presented by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
    • Join us outside in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as we read cherry blossom inspired children’s books! Advanced registration required. Please click here for more information.
  • 7:00 PM – Nashville Cherry Blossom Conference 2021 presented by Austin Peay State University

Wednesday, April 7th 

  • 9:30 AM – Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku) presented by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
  • Explore a unique way to heal your mind, body, and spirit in nature through Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing. These slow, gentle walks feature accessible, sensory activities that encourage participants to deepen their connection to the natural world. Advance registration required.  Please click here for more information and to register.  
  •  5:00 PM – JET Program Panel presented by the JET Program
  • Learn about living and teaching in Japan in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic during this online panel discussion with current and recently returned JET Program participants.Registration is required. Click here to register for the Zoom meeting.
  •  7:00 PM – Sakura! Sakura! Cherry Blossom Festival presented by Belmont University
  • Can’t gather downtown for Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Festival of Japanese culture?  Don’t despair!  Belmont is hosting its own virtual event…with beautiful music by Nozomi Takasu, a Calligraphic artistry workshop led by Dr. Christopher Born (BU Asian Studies & Japanese Language), and informative conversation led by Dr. Cindy Bisson (BU History & Japan Studies). Click here to open Zoom meeting

Thursday, April 8th

  • 4:00 PM – Japanese Business Etiquette Talk and Speed Networkingpresented by the Tennessee State University College of Business

    • More information coming soon.
  • 6:00 PM – Virtual Hanami Picnic presented by the Music City JET Alumni Association

    • Let’s do virtual hanami! This safe and accessible hanami is open to alumni and Friends of JET throughout our region! Decorate your background with hanami pictures you love and come play Bingo with us! One lucky winner will receive a surprise! We can’t wait to see you!  Click here for more info and to register.

Friday, April 9th 

    • Take a mystical journey through the heart of Japan as Wishing Chair Productions introduces one of the most famous characters in Japanese folklore. Performed with Bunraku puppets, follow Momotaro and his companions on this tale of bravery, unity and triumph over adversity.  Click here to open Zoom presentation.

Additional Events

  • April 1 – 30 – Otaku Ramen Cherry Blossom Festival Menu
    • Otaku Ramen presents a special Cherry Blossom Festival menu for the full month of April! Stop by their Gulch location in Nashville to try special food items celebrating Cherry Blossoms, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the Japan America Society of Tennessee! 



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