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. Sakura Square also houses residents in 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 entrance to the Tamai Tower conveys the history of Japanese-Americans in Denver through statues 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 visit it's various shops and restaurants, as well as get acupuncture, massage treatments, and even to visit the dentist, ophthalmologist or travel agency. In addition to these businesses, several Japanese-American non-profit organizations hold offices in Sakura Square.
Each June, Sakura Square is hosts the Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival. Sakura Matsuri features various Japanese cultural showcases and exhibits such as Japanese dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese arts, food and a variety of Asian goods vendors.
You can find the Japan America Society of Colorado booth each year at the Sakura Matsuri!