2018 Sakura Matsuri, April 14, 2018

The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States and is proud to be the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performers and vendors travel from all over the country and the world to Washington, DC to share their love of Japanese culture and traditions with the Festival attendees. The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is excited to return to Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW – anchored at the corner of 7th and Pennsylvania, Ave, NW.

There are many great areas at the festival:

  • Arts & Culture - booths showcasing Japanese culture, crafts, and customs
  • Ginza Market - vendors showcasing unique and interesting Japanese products
  • Japan Now - booths showcasing modern technology and culture.
  • Taste of Japan - food vendors as well as Japanese sake and beer tasting
  • Culinary Arts Pavilion - presentations to show that Japanese food is not as complicated as many people believe and to teach how to substitute Japanese ingredients for American ones.
  • Sakura Matsuri Stages - Sakura Matsuri's 5 stages show traditional performances, J-POP and J-ROCK artists, community performance groups, and martial arts.

Tickets are on sale now!

Japan Rail Modelers has been very honored to be apart of the Sakura Matsuri for the last decade. We have tens of thousands of the public come by the layout each year. Its a wonderful outreach for us to a very wide spectrum of the public. Displaying the layout next to JR East and JR Central is also a wonderful experience and has lead to our attending other events with JR East. Come and join us for this great event!

More Information on the Sakura Matsuri

The Sakura Matsuri is organized by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational and cultural organization for individuals and corporations with an interest in Japan and US-Japan relations.


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