Welcome to the homepage for the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival in Independence, Missouri. The festival is an annual spring event to celebrate Japanese culture in the Midwestern US and the longstanding relationship between Independence, Missouri and our sister city of Higashimurayama, Japan. Join us on Sunday, April 28th at the new Uptown Market in Independence from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM for shopping, music and dance performances, cultural presentations, food and fun!