Japan Week 2021


Join organizations all over Nashville as they host events dedicated to Japan and the Cherry Blossom Tree! Many events this year will be held online, with others held outdoors using safe social distancing guidelines. Please see below calendar for more information on each event. 

Saturday April 3


Tuesday April 6
  • Storytime in the Bracken Foundation Children's Garden
    • 10:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM
    • Presented by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
    • Located at the Cheekwood Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden
    • Click here for more info
    • Join us outside in the Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as we read cherry blossom inspired children’s books! Advanced registration required. Please see website for more information. 
  • Nashville Cherry Blossom Conference 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Presented virtually on Zoom by Austin Peay State University
    • Click here for more info and to register
    • This year as part of Virtual Japan Week, Austin Peay State University, alongside partner universities in Japan, will host presentations on the cherry blossom and their significance.
Wednesday April 7
  • Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)
    • 9:30 AM
    • Presented by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
    • Located at the Frist Learning Center Lawn at Cheekwood
    • Click here for more info and to register
    • Explore a unique way to heal your mind, body, and spirit in nature through Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing. These slow, gentle walks feature accessible, sensory activities that encourage participants to deepen their connection to the natural world. Advance registration required. 
  • JET Program Panel
    • 5:00 PM
    • Presented virtually on Zoom by The JET Program
    • Registration is Required: Click here to register for the Zoom meeting
    • Learn about living and teaching in Japan in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic during this panel discussion with current and recently returned JET Program participants.
  • Sakura! Sakura! Cherry Blossom Festival
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Presented virtually on Zoom by Belmont University
    • Click here to open Zoom meeting
    • Can't gather downtown for Nashville's Cherry Blossom Festival of Japanese culture?  Don't despair!  Belmont is hosting its own virtual event...with beautiful music by Nozomi Takasu, a Calligraphic artistry workshop led by Dr. Christopher Born (BU Asian Studies & Japanese Language), and informative conversation led by Dr. Cindy Bisson (BU History & Japan Studies).
Thursday April 8
  • Tennessee State University's Bunkasai
    • 4:00 - 5:30 PM
    • Presented virtually by the Tennessee State University College of Business
    • Click here to open Zoom meeting
    • Join TSU's College of Business students and professors in an interactive exploration of Japan, featuring presentations, videos, quizes, and even a cooking challenge! 
  • Virtual Hanami Picnic
    • 6:00 PM
    • Presented virtually by the Music City JET Alumni Association
    • Click here for more info and to register
    • Let's do virtual hanami! This safe and accessible hanami is open to alumni and Friends of JET throughout our region! Decorate your background with hanami pictures you love and come play Bingo with us! One lucky winner will receive a surprise! We can't wait to see you! 
Friday April 9
  • Momotaro: The Peach Boy - Puppet Show
Saturday April 10
Additional Events
  • Otaku Ramen Special Cherry Blossom Festival Menu
    • All April
    • Presented by Otaku Ramen for dine in only at Gulch Location
    • Click here for more information
    • Otaku Ramen presents a special Cherry Blossom Festival menu for the full month of April! Stop by their Gulch location in Nashville to try special food items celebrating Cherry Blossoms, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the Japan America Society of Tennessee!