This weekend, I invite to experience a taste of Japan (figuratively and literally) at the Sakura Matsuri Celebration that will fill the streets of Washington, DC on Saturday. The official definition of a "matsuri" is a civil or religious festival that entails a ritual of worship and joyous celebration. The dancing, singing and decorative arts you may see tomorrow will be symbolical of Japanese traditions and a heritage that is rich and full of life.
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
11 am – 6 pm
From sushi to origami, from sake to kimono—
Japanese arts and crafts and products of all kinds—
Anime, manga, and J-POP music—
Traditional dances and the dramatic taiko drums—
If it’s Japanese, it’s at the 49th Annual Sakura Matsuri, the largest Japanese Street Festival in the United States. This year’s Matsuri will be the biggest ever, on Pennsylvania Avenue from 14th Street in the west to 10th Street on the east —and on 12th street from Pennsylvania southward to Constitution Avenue.
Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 11 am to 6 pm, right after the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
It’s fun, it’s free, and there’s something for everyone!