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As Cherry Blossoms Fall: Films & Scenes of Sakura is presented in association with The Japan Foundation. It is part of the program Sakura - Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms, which is taking place in conjunction with the New York and Washington, DC centennial celebrations of the gift of cherry trees from Japan. Japan Society will revel in what has become known to New Yorkers as a symbol of spring. This six-week-long series of programs is shaped around the many meanings and connotations of sakura, or cherry blossoms--the celebration of spring and beauty, rebirth, resilience, ephemerality and reflection on the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In addition to As Cherry Blossoms Fall, Sakura - Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms will feature live performances of centuries-old kabuki dance; a discussion with architect Rem Koolhaas; a haiku workshop; and a Japanese confections discussion and workshop. The Sakura series culminates with Japan Society’s annual j-CATION all-day culture festival—12 hours of crafts, workshops, language classes, film screenings, live concerts, and a Japanese-style game show.