Starting at 10 a.m., ended at 2 p.m., Salem had the Cherry Blossom Festival Day at the Oregon State Capitol on March 16, 2019.

Despite there not being cherry blossoms, people gathered to celebrate Japanese culture with musical performances, merchandise and food.

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Performers played Japanese inspired compositions. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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A drummer plays to the rhythm. Photo by Caleb Wolf

 

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Waiting for their turn to follow the beat. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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Another drummer at the center of attention. Photo by Caleb Wolf

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Arts and crafts, including games, on the second floor of inside the Capitol building. Photo by Caleb Wolf

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Children playing a game at the art and crafts table. Photo by Caleb Wolf

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Cherry Blossoms that hung on the sides and entrance of the tent. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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Japanese lanterns hung on the Cherry Blossom trees. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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Mitch Limori playing a variety of songs that he created. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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One of the many shops that sell and showcases what ‘s available to purchase. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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More merchandise from another table. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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The tent was lit by lamps that had cherry blossoms on it. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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A demonstrator showcases an instrument unique to Japanese culture. Photo by Caleb Wolf
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A showcase for a tea ceremony was held inside the capitol. Photo by Caleb Wolf 

A little more explanation for the last bit, these are students from the Ugandan Choir Kids. This was their first show and demonstrated their amazing dance and song techniques with the crowd inside the Capitol.

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Ugandan Choir students sitting on the floor of the Rotunda. 

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