Cherry Blossom Festival

kimono dressup

We’ve loved going to the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival every year at Seattle Center and this year, it was even more special.

I was not only shooting it for the Seattle Weekly but also to show my support for the local Japanese community, and was impressed as always by this celebration of Spring. The message from the people of Seattle to the people of Japan was simple ~ Ganbare! Japan (Hang in there Japan!) More of my photos on Seattle Weekly.

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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Bunka Shishu by Melisa Akai
Bunka Shishu by Melisa Akai
classical bujutsu by shinto-kan
classical bujutsu by shinto-kan
fujima dance & music
fujima dance & music
lady in kimono & samurai
samurai shoes
Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai
dolls in kimono
posing in kimonos
dolls & teapots
saying ganbare japan
help japan