"In the cherry blossom's shade, there's no such thing as a stranger."
Whether the poet of this haiku, Issa, had a festival in mind or not, that friendly atmosphere will be a part of the tenth annual Cherry Blossom Festival on May 15. It will be held in the Main Brach of the Allen County Public Library from noon to 5 p.m. (The library's address is 900 Library Plaza).
The list of special events and vendors for this festival is exciting. There will be martial arts demonstrations, CosPlay costume and anime drawing contests, music, how-to art demos and merchandise with a Japanese theme. Food vendors will include menu items from restaurants like Don Hall's Takaoka of Japan, Ichiban, and Woo's Oriental Grocery and Mart.