Cherry Blossom Festival 2014

094Denver had their annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Sakura Square. I’ve been coming to Sakura Square for years now, eating at one of my favorite restaurants (Sakura House) and also getting my hard-to-find items at the Pacific Mercantile Market.

The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place every June on the streets in front of the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple. There is a great selection of vendors and performances every year, and it’s always a ton of fun. I went with my sister, brother-in-law and his son. It was their first year there, so I had the pleasure of showing them around the area.

095This year, I also finally got to head under the temple where the beer garden and karaoke take place. The cold Asahi (one of my favorite beers) was great for the hot day, and it’s a good place to relax and watch some karaoke while you enjoy your drinks.

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098I came away with some great items, too. Including incense from the temple, brought over from Japan in 1974. Also, a vintage kimono and other knick-knacks.

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Afterward, we hit up Rio Grande for some Mexican food and margaritas.

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Overall, a pretty swell summer day.

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