Sakura Watch

Stay tuned for the latest updates and photos on the Sen Cherry Tree Allée for Spring 2021. Follow Japan House on Facebook or Instagram and share your photos by tagging @japanhouseuofi or #japanhouseuofi!

Visitor Safety and Etiquette

  • Maintain safe social distancing and wear a mask around others
  • Be respectful of other visitors and the gardens
  • Please do not climb the trees or stand in the bushes
  • Please do not pick the cherry blossoms or other flowers
  • Pets must be on leashes
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Do not let pets roam in the tea garden or dry rock garden
  • Garbage cans are located at the North and South Parking lots
  • Please stay on the paths
  • Please stay out of the dry rock garden
  • Please do not put rocks in the tsukubai (water feature in tea garden)
  • Fishing and swimming are not allowed
  • Bike racks are available at both North and South parking lots. For accessibility, please do not leave bikes in the gardens or block the paths.

We ask that visitors be respectful to our requests to keep you safe and keep the Japan House gardens beautiful! Thank you!

Updates

April 17 - Another beautiful day with the sakura! The blossoms are hanging on. There's still time to enjoy them this year...but not for long! The weeping sakura are in full bloom!

April 16 - Some sakura are still in full bloom and others are starting to produce leaves as their flowers fall.

Six Stages of Sakura

History

For Japan House's 10th Anniversary in 2008, Dr. Genshitsu Sen, the 15th generation head of the Urasenke Tea School in Japan, donated 50 cherry trees to Japan House. There are three varieties of cherry trees: Yoshino (Prunus × yedoensis), Sargent (Prunus sargentii), and weeping (Prunus subhirtella var. pendula). They were planted under the direction of his gardener, Katsuo Kubo, who visited Japan House, to create the Sen Cherry Tree Allée.

Katsuo Kubo planting a cherry tree!

Dr. Sen visits Japan House for its 10th Anniversary.

Each year, visitors come to appreciate the marvelous growth and fleeting beauty of the cherry trees!