Japanese Sister City Program

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom
  • Date: Sunday, April 28th, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Uptown Market

A wonderful way to get acquainted with the Japanese Sister City is to attend the annual Spring Cherry Blossom festival on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Uptown Market, located at 211 W Truman.

In 1983 the Japanese Sister City Commission initiated a one day festival featuring Japanese arts, crafts and food. The event is held annually at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center. It takes place in the spring of each year.

The Cherry Blossom Festival in Independence is about the shared relationship between Independence and Higashimurayama. The activities and displays assist the public in awareness of Japan as well as a way to get to know the students who are participating in the exchange program or the Alumni who have participated in the program in the past. It also encourages students in learning about the exchange program. All proceeds of the festival go to the exchange student program. It is also a great time for old friends to get together and new people to meet the Japanese Sister City Committee (JSCC).

Experience Japanese culture with:

  • Ikebana
  • Aikido Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Glendale Japanese Club performance
  • Japan Club of KC
  • Yoki (a new Japanese themed store in KC will have lots of fun items to purchase)
  • Japanese Language School


  • Japanese Bazaar tables
  • Game Cafe and Design Living
  • Dr. Honda
  • Fun Japanese landscaping ideas
  • Oriental Cafe

For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival, contact Commission Chair Jeannae Segura-Brown or visit indepcherryblossomfest.com.

Friends of the Sister City are accepting donations to support the Cherry Blossom Festival.