The Vision for the Hanami Line
In Japan and around the world, cherry blossom festivals
represent the beautiful and transient nature of life.
Imagine pale petals from cherry trees being carried by
spring breezes. Imagine couples strolling and families picnicking
beneath a billowy canopy of pink and white blossoms. Imagine
a place of such intense beauty that admirers from around the
world travel to Sacramento to experience it. That is our vision
for Sakuramento and the Hanami Line.
Envision you and a friend joining a popular spring evening stroll along the American River lined with clouds of pink cherry blossoms. You pass dozens of couples who have gathered to spread their blankets and share refreshments and conversation while fragile pink “sakura” float downward in the evening delta breeze.
Sacramento’s rich Japanese heritage is invoked in public art, one’s attire, in music and live performances. The transience of the blossoms, their extreme beauty and quick death, is richly symbolic and captures your imagination and thoughtfulness. This is Sakuramento – The Hanami Line. Uniquely Sacramento, it is a beautiful, relaxing evening promenade celebrating culture, nature, and people.
Sakuramento is a
proposed permanent cultural, environmental and artistic project designed not
only to honor and observe the Sacramento region’s many ties to the people, food,
culture and nation of Japan, but also to encourage an annual celebration of
trees and nature. Sakuramento is
being planned as an annual event targeted for March when the cherry trees will
be in full blossom.
Regional business and agricultural leaders who are
connected to the California-Japan economy; political leaders from
and Japan; and others interested in the relationship between Sacramento
California and the people and nation of Japan are being recruited to
join the Sakuramento
Committee. The Sakuramento Committee will organize the annual
Sakuramento Dinner, as well as help lead the annual Sakuramento
We anticipate the Sakuramento festival attracting thousands of national and international visitors to the Hanami Line.
We seek to plant at least 200 cherry trees and to install
pathways, lighting, art pieces, and special historic features along the Sacramento River between Old Sacramento and Discovery