Nashville Hosting Japan Relief

Nashville is hosting its own relief effort to help the people of Japan with an event that will feature music, children’s activities, a walk and Japanese foods.

The Cherry Blossom Japan Relief Event is scheduled Saturday at Nashville’s Public Square outside the historic courthouse.

The Japan-America Society of Tennessee will accept donations to directly go to Japanese relief organizations aiding the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The event will feature musical performances by award-winning recording artist Alison Brown and Rattlesnake Annie and cultural demonstrations. Japanese food and merchandise will also be for sale.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Cherry Blossom Solidarity Walk. Mayor Karl Dean and Consul General of Japan Hiroshi Sato will lead the 2.5-mile walk.

Activities will continue until 4 p.m.