It began with a simple idea.
Since they were planted in 1990, the cherry trees at Clark College have brought both beauty and the symbolism of international friendship to the College and the community.
To celebrate the breathtaking cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring, Clark College would host an annual festival for the college and the region. The festival would also honor Vancouver's sister-city relationship with Joyo, Japan, which was established in 1995.
In April 2006, that vision became a reality.
At the first Sakura Festival in 2006, guests enjoyed cherry crisp prepared by students in the Clark College Culinary Arts program. Then Vancouver City Councilman - now Mayor - Tim Leavitt (left) was among the servers. Leavitt is a Clark College alum.
A stroll under the cherry trees on a beautiful, sunny day was a highlight of Clark's first Sakura Festival.
Save the date for the 2014 Sakura Festival - April 17, 2014