The 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California, scheduled for this weekend in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles, has been postponed.
Festival co-founder Wendy Fujihara Anderson said that unforeseen circumstances led to the decision Tuesday to reschedule the event for sometime in September.
“We’re going to have cherry blossoms in September,” Anderson told the Rafu. “It’s unusual, but many of the vendors have said they can join us at that time and we’re feeling very good about it.”
Anderson did not give a date for the rescheduled festival, but said that many of the more than 200 volunteers are committed to staging the event at the later time.
This was to be the 10th year for the Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California, after it was founded in 2002 by Anderson and Michael Motoyasu. Their intent was to bring together the Southern California community in order to spotlight the diverse Japanese American and Japanese cultures.
After initially being held in Pasadena, the festival–at the behest of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry–was moved to Little Tokyo in 2007. The 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival was attended by more than 60,000 visitors, according to the festival’s Web site, which posted a notice of the change of schedule and included a link to receive donations to assist the festival.