PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANSandra Lozano of Easton shows her son, Victor Gonzalez, a Japanese lantern hanging from a blossoming cherry tree. More photos on A2.
Haruma Yamamoto pounds cooked rice in an outdoor wooden bowl to make “mochi” which is often connected to Japanese holiday or follows a special occasion with the making of traditional rice cakes. The Easton boy said it was his first time at the Bethlehem Cherry Blossom Festival. Other festival participants took their turn swinging the large wooden mallet in the Garden of Serenity.
Alison Pilorz of Bethlehem helps Jeremiah Mackenzie with “origami,” the Japanese art of paper folding and decorating at the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission arts and crafts booth. Jeremiah’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mckenzie of Orefield, said it was their first time attending the Cherry Blossom Festival in Bethlehem with their son.
Autumn Edwards of Allentown plays her “banjo-like Japanese string instrument” during a tea-serving ceremony in the tea house at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Edwards is a member of the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission which organizes the Japanese cultural event.
Arielle Winter of Nazareth tries her hand at Japanese calligraphy in the Sister City Commission arts and crafts center at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Bethlehem.
Cynthia Gohn of Easton, a Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival, fits Moravian College student Wendy Cooper with a Japanese “kimono” outfit.
Amie Karras and Carolyn Reilly share a water bottle during the warm spring day which set an 87-degree record during the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Moravian Academy students wear their Japanese kimonos from the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Student Exchange Program in Japan and the USA last summer. The unique opportunity is open to high school students in the Bethlehem area.