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Sakura Square
Sakura Square
(サクラスクエアー, sakura sukueā) is a small plaza located on the north/east side of the intersection of 19th Street and Larimer Street in Denver, Colorado. The square contains busts of Ralph L. Carr, Governor of Colorado
Governor of Colorado
from 1939 to 1943, Minoru Yasui, a Japanese-American lawyer, and Yoshitaka Tamai (1900–1983), a Buddhist priest who lived in Denver. Sakura Square
Sakura Square
also has a small Japanese garden, and it serves as the entrance to the 20-story Tamai Tower apartment building that occupies most of the block. There are several shops and restaurants in the ground and first floors of the apartment building.

Contents

1 Bust of Governor Carr 2 The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Bust of Governor Carr[edit]

Bust of Ralph L. Carr
Ralph L. Carr
in Sakura Square

Denver's Japanese-American community installed the bust of former Colorado Governor Ralph Lawrence Carr
Ralph Lawrence Carr
as a tribute to his support of Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
during the period of their internment. At the time, Governor Carr was the only elected official in the United States to publicly apologize to the Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
for their internment, which many argue cost him the 1942 election to the U.S. Senate, but won him the gratitude of the community, and Japanese Americans everywhere. The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival[edit] Denver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in late June in and around Sakura Square
Sakura Square
and the Tri-State/ Denver
Denver
Buddhist Temple.[1] During the celebration, many traditional Japanese practices are celebrated, such as the Japanese tea ceremony
Japanese tea ceremony
and ikebana (flower arrangement). During the festival, many food stands offering Japanese cuisine line the street, along with various vendor booths, community information tables, and a live music stage. In the evening, a traditional bon odori dance is held on the street, with many participants dressing in yukata or other traditional Japanese attire. See also[edit]

Japantown Sakura Park

References[edit]

^ "Cherry Blossom Festival". Tri-State/ Denver
Denver
Buddhist Temple. 

External links[edit]

SAH Archipedia Building Entry

Coordinates: 39°45′07″N 104°59′36″W / 39.7519°N 104.9934°W / 39.7519; -104.9934

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