The Vision for the Hanami Line
In Japan and around the world, cherry blossom festivals represent the
beautiful and transient nature of life. Lovely pink and white blossoms create a
beautiful canopy for walking, resting, and gathering with friends and family.
In Sacramento, our earliest settlers also understood the value of trees. Their perception of trees providing beauty, shade, and countless environmental benefits can be seen throughout our dense urban forest, now recognized as one of the best in the world.
The Hanami Line at Robert T. Matsui Park offers the perfect pairing of Sacramento's centuries-old love affair with trees and our community's historic Japanese American legacy. We envision a place so
tranquil and beautiful that people will travel from far and wide to visit, further inspiring pride throughout our region.
Located next to the new Powerhouse Science Center and highly visible from I-5, the Hanami Line will provide a beautiful link between the Sacramento River, Old Sacramento, and The Railyards Project.
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