5 April 2020

Celebrating peach and cherry blossom time in Japan

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Japanese cultural celebrations often centre on fleeting moments in the natural world.

Springtime being the time to celebrate the cherry blossom and peach blossom.

To mark the end of a special display of Hinamatsuri dolls, we are hosting two talks outlining the history and cultural significance of these Japanese celebrations.

The talks will be followed by a curator led tour of the dolls on display – a key aspect of the Peach Blossom Festival.


  • 1.15pm: Arrival and registration
  • 1.30pm – 2.20pm: Cherry-blossom viewing – the cultural significance of the cherry in Japan
  • Comfort break
  • 2.30pm – 3.20pm: Celebrating Hinamatsuri – the Peach Blossom Festival
  • 3.20pm – 4.30pm: Tea and coffee available in the School Room
  • 3.20pm – 4.45pm: Small group visits to the display of Hinamatsuri dolls

Led by

  • Yoko Kawaguchi – historian and author on Japanese gardens and culture. Yoko will provide the two fascinating talks on these Japanese cultural events
  • Kate Newnham – senior curator of visual arts at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Kate will be on hand to provide details of the Hinamatsuri dolls on display to small groups following the talks.

This event is jointly organised with the South West Regional Group of the Japanese Garden Society.

N.B. The Japanese Garden Society will be hosting their South West Regional Annual General Meeting from 11am – 12noon. There is no charge to JGS members only attending this meeting.

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