All About The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
The Sakura Matsuri is an annual Japanese street event which happens in Washington DC during the 3-week long National Cherry Blossom Festival.
What is the Sakura Matsuri?
One of the largest celebrations of Japanese culture in the US, the Sakura Matsuri is the climax of many scintillating Japanese performances, arts, music and cuisine. The Sakura Matsuri is organized by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC and it attracts huge crowds from across the country with its world-class exhibits and talents.
With over 30 live performances of music, dance and martial art, the festival has an immensely wide reach and is extremely popular.
Six core areas of the Sakura Matsuri are:
- The Ginza Marketplace – where you can buy traditional Japan-made items (such as tatami mats) and antiques
- Taste of Japan – for authentic and delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine
- Japanese Martial Arts – including sword art demonstrations, karate and ceremonial archery shows
- Japanese Performing Arts – basked in rich tradition and folk music
- Japan Now – showcasing the influence of anime, kawaii
- Japanese Arts and Culture exhibitions – Taiko drumming, calligraphy (or shodo), woodworking craft
With these six types of exhibits, the Sakura Matsuri wishes to make everyone touch, feel and taste Japanese culture.
The Sakura Matsuri 2017
Year 2017 marks the 57th annual run of the Sakura Matsuri Festival. The festival will take place on April 8 2017.
This year, it coincides with the National Cherry Blossom Parade, which makes it a double treat for visitors!
The festival will also host the final round of the 2017 National Japan Bowl.
What else to expect at the Sakura Matsuri 2017?
- Experience the warmth of the native Japanese breed fluffy shiba inu dogs at the DC Shiba Inu Rescue
- Origami products for sale at Orgamisica
- Perfect your brush strokes and observe the art of calligraphy from the master himself, Kihachiro Nishiura
- Attain spiritual enlightenment at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple: The Temple of the Gift of Light
- Tea tastings at Ashinaga History & Tea Tasting
- Purchase traditional Japanese jewelry from Shabana Origami and Kumihimo Jewelry
- Learn about the scientific accurateness and excellence of Japanese railway technology by the Japan Rail Modelers of Washington DC
Venue: There are 2 entrances to the festival; one at New Jersey Avenue and M Street and the other at First Street and N Street, both at the south east ends of Washington DC.
Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm
Tickets: Free for children below the age of 12. For adults: $10.
Purchase in advance from their official website. On the day of the festival, the festival authorities accept only cash payments for tickets.