Springtime Cherry Blossom Activities

Have you ever noticed the beautiful springtime cherry blossoms along the Hocking River?

The OHIO Museum Complex, and students, faculty and staff from the OHIO Office of Global Affairs and Center for International Studies take you on a journey celebrating OHIO’s cherry trees.

During the first week of April 2021, we featured activities for seven consecutive days to celebrate springtime, highlighted the cherry tree blooms, and learned about Ohio University’s relationship with Chubu University in Kasugai, a suburb of Nagoya, Japan.

Curated by OHIO Museum Complex student interns Melissa Damico and Morgan Spehar in collaboration with the Office of Global Affairs, faculty and students from Ohio University’s Linguistics Department and Center for International Studies, with special thanks to Dr. Christopher Thompson.


    Forest Bathing

    Take a break and immerse yourself nature by walking along the river and among the cherry blossoms. Enjoy the Cherry Blossom Spotify Playlist, curated with the help of Ohio University students from Japan.


    Japanese Language

    Learn to write “cherry blossom” in Japanese and a little more about Japanese language and its many alphabets!


    Cherry Blossom Haiku

    Learn about the history of the haiku and how to write your own! Get inspiration from the beauty of the cherry blossoms—or in your own backyard!

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Picnicking Under the Cherry Blossoms

Enjoy a picnic underneath the cherry blossoms and enjoy one of Grandma Ono’s rice balls—recipe courtesy of one of our own OMC intern’s grandmother!

Rice Ball Recipe [PDF]