Clark College, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Rotary will host the annual Sakura Festival at 1 p.m. April 20 in the Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Opening remarks are at 1 p.m. and the celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. This year, the festival features a performance from Portland Shishimai Kai, as well as a kimono showcase, early childhood education student art showcase, exhibits including ikebana, a tea ceremony, the Japanese Club, and the Camas Kendo Club and of course tea and cookies from the Clark College bakery.
Over 25 years ago, Vancouver received a gift of friendship: 100 Shirofugen cherry trees. They were planted at Clark College, creating an enduring reminder of the bonds between our region and Japan. Over the years, those trees have grown and blossomed—as has that friendship, creating traditions like the establishment in 1995 of a sister-city relationship between Vancouver and Joyo, Japan, and our annual Sakura Festival, begun in 2006.
Those who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office at 360-992-2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.