Kaori

54th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is a major event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. It’s the biggest Japanese Street party in the nation. People travel from every part of the US and even the world to part take in this festival. The festival about six blocks of fun activities ranging from martial arts, traditional music, performances on 3 stages and Japanese and Asian cuisines that will have your tastes buds soaring with deliciousness.

Sakura Matsuri
Unfortunately I didn’t arrive in time for the Parade which was held at 10am to 12pm. But I manage to catch a few performances. The First performances was from various martial art groups located in DC and around the world.

Martial art

Sugawara Sogo Budo Katori Shinto Ryu demonstrating martial art techniques

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more mVirginia Kyudo Renmei demonstrating traditional Japanese Archery

After the performances came one of my personal favorite parts which was shopping! Sakura Matsuri offered an array of shops were you could purchase Japanese arts and crafts, bonsais, Japanese attire (kimonos, hakama, etc), masks, and much more!

Masks pt. 1

masks pt 2 The various masks they had to offer. I purchased the pikachu mask in the second image. It also helped with the sun!

Other than the martial art performances that took place through out the day there were 3 main stages that were performers from Japan performed. Towards the end of the day they had a J-POP DJ giving us a dose of Electro-House/Techno Pop including J-pop and Anime tracks.

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hitomiHitomi Himekawa singing solo

rainbow bubblesOne of the members of the Rainbow Bubbles dancing to a popular JPOP song.

introducers pt 1Brilliant introducers enlightening the audience with the history of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms and fun trivia questions

music pt 1

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yamati 2

yamatiYamatai bringing the raw energy of Japanese taiko drums to the stage

performance 1

preform 2

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HIDEKING project traveled to the Festival for their first US performance! Their energetic J-Pop performances were absolutely amazing!

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kaoriJapanese stand-up comedienne dazzled us with her amazing jokes!

DJ 1

Dj 2 DJ MASA specializes in Electro-House/Techno Pop including J-pop and Anime tracks. 

This was my first time going to this festival and I can honestly say that I will be going every year from now on. Next years festival I’m going to be more prepared and have a diverse amount of picture of everything. I hope you like it! In addition if you live in the DMV are this is a MUST, this festival is rich in culture, the food is divine and not to mention its the biggest Japanese festival in the US.

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