Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States.
Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington DC, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, the Sakura Matsuri is held each spring as the climax of the two-week National Cherry Blos som Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn over 140,000 visitors in 7 hours.
The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival. There are over 25 vendors of Japanese & Asian food, two beer gardens, 30 exhibitors of Japanese arts and culture, 15 vendors of Japanese products, and over 30 hours of live performances on five stages, including traditional and popular Japanese music and dance and martial arts demonstrations.
The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival is divided into six main areas:
Taste of Japan - with restaurants selling Japanese food
The Ginza Marketplace - selling traditional Japanese products
J-POP Land - celebrating modern, youthful Japan
Performing Arts - featuring traditional Japanese music and dance
Japanese Martial Arts
Japanese Arts and Culture Exhibitions
Sakura Matsuri has over 30 Japanese and American performers performing on 5 different stages. Performers includes J-Pop performers from Japan, Martial Arts Demostration, Japanese Modern Performers, Japanese Traditional Performers and more.Venue
12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NWDirections
The festival is located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street, NW. Take the Orange/Blue line Metrotrain to Federal Triangle Metro stop.Times
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Admission & Parking
$5 for 13 years old and aboveWebsitehttp://www.sakuramatsuri.orgInfophone