Sakura Square LLC manages and operates Sakura Square, located in downtown Denver at 20th Street between Lawrence and Larimer Streets.
Established in 1973, Sakura Square is a destination for those seeking Japanese goods and services and is home to residents of the 20-story Tamai Tower apartment complex. Tamai Tower converted from affordable housing to market rate housing in the summer of 2014, retaining a mixed-income, multi-cultural, and multi-generational tenant base.
A small garden plaza at the Tamai Tower entrance conveys the history of Japanese-Americans in Denver through statues and plaques of Governor Ralph L. Carr, Minoru Yasui and Rev. Yoshitaka Tamai. The Denver Buddhist Temple anchors Sakura Square and provides a spiritual center as well as a unique cultural and community gathering place.
Visitors come year-round to Sakura Square to shop, dine, get acupuncture and massage treatments, and visit the dentist, ophthalmologist or travel agency. Several Japanese-American non-profit organizations hold offices in this location. Sakura Square is home to the Cherry Blossom Festival each June which features Japanese dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese arts and food and a variety of Asian vendors. The annual event is a showcase for Japanese cultural activities, exhibits and food which draws attendees of all ethnicities from near and far. You can look for the Japan America Society of Colorado booth each year at the Sakura Matsuri!
The Sakura Square Board is in the process of reviewing and implementing improvements which will revitalize and enhance the cultural components at Sakura Square.