STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford celebrated one of its most colorful signs of spring as the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival -- a celebration of Japanese culture -- went into full bloom at downtown's Mill River Park.
The festival on Saturday included live music and dance performances, don a kimono" tryouts, samurai demonstrations, Taiko drumming and dancing, Japanese food and cherry blossom-inspired arts and crafts.
Visitors were also able to try Origami, play with robots, decorate a Japanese lantern and play water yo-yo.
The trees filling the downtown park were donated to the city of Stamford after World War II by Junzo Nojima, a Japanese-American restaurateur who lived near Mill River Park in Stamford. The trees were saved and replanted during the park's long facelift to preserve the historic gift.
The festival is hosted by the Mill River Park Collaborative and The Japan Society of Fairfield County.
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