Join us Thursday, April 20, at 7 pm for I-House: Then and Now “Sakura Sweethearts,”a celebration of love through the seasons, as well as the emotional cycle of the I-House experience.  With music, poems and stories of actual Sakura Sweethearts, it will be performed by Alumni and Residents of International House for one night only!

International House Sakura Sweethearts


As part of ancient Japanese culture, the blossoms of the Sakura (cherry tree blossoms) have symbolized the advent of spring and the season of love.


Sakura Park, just outside the grand picture windows of our Main Lounge,  has been an integral part of International House since its inception and, with its rows of blossoming cherry trees and antique gazebo, continues to serve as a sweet reminder of how relationships can bloom and grow even after the harshest of winters. 


There are hundreds of Resident and Alumni couples who have met and deepened their relationships during their time at I-House and recognized within the worldwide I-House community as Sakura Sweethearts.


These couples represent a wide variety of nationalities, cultures and religions, yet often start with the same introduction: "Who are you, where are you from and what are you studying?" 


Below are some of these amazing stories, which span generations. Click the images below to read each story!




Did you meet someone special during your time at I-House? Send us your stories and photos, and we may feature them on the website and during our April 20 performance! Email Julie Pape at