Cherry Blossom / Sakura Festival

The April 14, 2018 Festival has been CANCELLED due to thunderstorms in the Tuscaloosa area.

In traditional Japanese thought, the time of ohanami, or viewing of the cherry blossoms, reminds one of the paradoxically fleeting yet enduring nature of life, which is symbolized in the single moment when a cherry blossom petal detaches itself to float earthward.  In contemporary Japan, friends joyfully gather whenever the cherry trees, called sakura, blossom.

Ohanami is delightful on the UA campus at the corner of University Boulevard and Stadium Drive.  Takemine Mochizuki of Narashino City donated the cherry trees at Shelton State Community College, as well as those in the Narashino Grove of Lurleen Wallace Boulevard.  Also, you can view the lovely cherry blossoms at the UA Arboretum, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and from Interstate 20/59 just east of Skyland Boulevard.

Each year, the CIC, along with the sponsors and participants, holds a Sakura Festival in early spring.  The 30th annual Sakura Festival was held on April 9, 2016 at Midtown Mall in Tuscaloosa.  The program included a null kumdo sword demonstration, karate demonstration, taiko drumming and Okinawan traditional dance  The public was able to learn calligraphy, origami, participate in a Japanese tea ceremony, learn about our sister city, Narashino, and participate in other activities to learn more about Japanese culture.

The 2018 Cherry Blossom / Sakura Festival has been Cancelled due to thunderstorms in the Tuscaloosa area.

Please join us in Spring of 2019 to celebrate!

To submit an original haiku work for the Haiku Contest, please complete the Haiku Contest Entry Form and submit it by the deadline to:


Capstone International Center
Attn: Haiku Contest
135 BB Comer Hall, Box 870254
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487