Bring Japan Home

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Bring Japan Home

The Sakura Matsuri is designed to educate and entertain visitors about the culture and history of Japan. This gives our attendees many opportunities to bring Japan home from the Festival!  You can choose from the following categories and see what the Matsuri has to offer!




伝統 - Traditional
現代 - Modern


Enjoying the opportunity to sample and enjoy Japanese food is one of the most popular attractions at the Festival!  Our Culinary Arts Pavilion will return with new chefs and opportunities to learn how easy it can be to cook Japanese food at home.  There will be Japanese cooking demonstrations and discussions all day and samples will be available of the demonstrated recipes!

Chef Thomas Park heads up the kitchen at Perrys Restaurant in Adams Morgan.  His culinary career includes time at Uchi, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Daikaya, and spans from Austin, TX to Washington DC.  He will be making fluffy Japanese pancakes and is excited to demonstrate how easy it is to make Japanese food at home!


We are very proud to have demonstrating at our Culinary Arts Pavilion our stage Yoshitaka Nishino, CEO of Matsukawaya Co. His company is world renowned for wagashi (Japanese sweets) that are "art for the five senses": beautiful shapes and colors, sweetly fragrant, creative names, and most important - they taste delicious!  Come learn about the tradition of hand-made wagashi from a master!

Also demonstrating at the Culinary Arts Pavilion will be Wasan Restaurant from Brooklyn, New York.  Chef Sakurai will be demonstrating how to make chawanmushi – one of Japan’s most popular savory egg custard appetizers.  The ingredients are easy - chicken stock, egg and other favorite ingredients.

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The Sakura Matsuri’s Arts and Culture-Artisan area gives attendees a chance to enjoy interactive cultural activities, learn about the cultural impact of Japan in the United States and purchase Japanese-inspired hand-made items.

American Daiku Association
Come learn about the natural beauty of Japanese woodworking, and watch tatami mats being made.

Adorned by Aisha
Come browse handmade resin, lace and metal jewelry with Japanese motifs - including cherry blossoms, cherry trees, bird cages, and tea sets.

Central Japan Railway Company
Learn all about the Shinkansen rail lines in Japan and the beauty of traveling around Japan via railway!

Chikako Designs
Chikako Designs offers a line of unique designs that include handbags, accessories, clothing, men's neckties and infant clothing. All of Chikako's designs are inspired by a combination of her Asian heritage and Western upbringing.

Chouquette Chocolates
Enjoy locally-made delicious, luxurious artisan chocolates and caramels with DC and cherry blossom designs.

DC Kawaii Style
DC KawaiiStyle is a kawaii community created to introduce and promote the philosophy of kawaii culture. Stop by this fun, happy, and positve booth to brighten your day!

DC Shiba Inu Rescue
DC SIR's mission is to rescue, foster, and train stray shiba inu dogs. Come by to learn more about this adorable, fluffy, and native Japanese breed!

Ekoji Buddhist Temple: The Temple of the Gift of Light
Come visit Ekoji Buddhist Temple: The Temple of Light. You get the firsthand experience with how a Japanese Jodo Shinshu Temple is experienced in America.

Fukushima Prefecture
Learn about Fukushima Prefecture and enjoy its native crafts including lacquered plates from the Aizu regime and tradtional kokeshi wooden dolls. While you enjoy the crafts, children can enjoy an interactive activity.

Globalize DC - Japanese Plus
Students from Globalize DC's "Japan Plus" after-school language, culture, and career exposure program will share educational games, kamishibai stories and their new mascot, "puni-puni", with elementary age festival goers.

Ishida Bonsai
Come see demonstrations of the enjoyment that bonsai can bring to your life and how to properly care for your bonsai.

Japan Railway Group
Come see high-end models of trains, browse our tourism flyers, and see a 3D video about shinkansen high speed trains and tourism in Japan.

Japanese Craft & More
Come and learn to make crafts with origami. Let us show you the beauty of Japanese crafts and spirit of O-MO-TE-NA-SHI which means serving with gratitude.

Japanese Dolls and Crafts School
Japanese Dolls & Crafts School teaches traditional Japanese crafts and doll making, and its history in Japanese theater, unique fairy tales, animal zodiacs, etc.  Come enjoy watching this process, learn how to sign up for classes and perhaps take home a doll for yourself!


Japanese Americans' Care Fund/ San-J
Enjoy Japanese cooking demonstrations throughout the day and learn about how the Care Fund is caring for the community by sharing knowledge and resources. Cooking demonstrations are sponsored by San J Shoyu.

Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA)
Japanese American Veterans will greet the public and discuss the significant role and contribution that Japanese Americans have given in the creation of America.

Japanese Christian Community Center in Washington
Come learn about kimono from an expert, have fun understanding and creating Japanese kanji calligraphy, and learn about upcoming seminars, events, classes and services at the center.

Japan Railroad Modelers of Washington DC
Come enjoy JRM's large model train layout that depicts stylized railway operations and scenes from Japan. Shinkansens, express, local and freight trains are operated in 4 separate lines on the layout.

Karuta – Japanese card game using ancient poems
Kyogi Karuta, or competitive Karuta, is a unique Japanese card game using ancient poems. It is an ultimate brain sport of memorization, concentration and speed.  Beginners can learn in  mini-competitions throughout the day and winners will be awarded!

Let's Learn Japanese!
Come and start to learn the Japanese language and practice it, along with calligraphy performances and much more. Sponsored by the JCAW Foundation.

Naked Decor
Interact and browse the wares of a local artist that hand crafts Asian and DC themed home accessories such as pillows, coasters, and tea bowls.

NCSS 2017 Cherry Blossom Queens & Princesses
Come visit the Cherry Blossom Queen & Princesses visiting from across the United States, territories, and international embassies. Many will be at the tent for photo ops with all visitors.

Nishiura Style
Master Nishiura demonstrates the inspirational brush work and art to wish you happiness and prosperity, and you can join him to make your own wonderful brush work.

Olive and Daisy
Let your eyes feast on beautiful hand crafted Japanese-style jewelry, made with Japanese beads and gemstones.

We are a company dedicated and passionate about origami that develops products and services around this beautiful art.

Japanese paper jewelry, made in NYC from wood, upcycled puzzle pieces, resin, and beautiful chiyogami and katazome papers.

Sakura Science
Sakura Science enables visitors to explore the world in detail using the latest scientific tools and methods from Japan!

Sarah Pei's Paintings & Pearls
Original oriental-style watercolor paintings and calligraphy, and handmade jewelry with pearls and semiprecious stones from Japan and China.

Shabana Origami & Kumihimo Jewelry
Browse the results of using chiyogami washi paper to create whimsical jewelry including sakura pins & earrings. Watch Shawnnee demonstrate traditional Japanese "Kumihimo" braiding to make pendants and bracelets.

TV Tokyo "Who Wants to Come to Japan"
Meet the producers of the show "Who Wants to Come to Japan" and see how you can earn yourself a free trip to Japan!

Visit Japan Campaign
The Japan National Tourism Organization, (JNTO) is the official tourism board of Japan and is involved in promotional activities to spread diverse charms of Japan as a tourism destination.

Washington DC Area Go Clubs
Join local Go players as they teach and demonstrate the ancient strategy game Go. Go is the last bastion where computers have yet to match human experts.

Atelier Kanawa
Come and learn about kimono, its customs and tradition. Certified Kimono consultant Atelier Kanawa will  further explain the goals of the club, as well as her traditional arts and crafts.

Washington Japanese Heritage (Keisho) Center
Japanese heritage students from the Keisho Center will show young guests how to make traditional Japanese crafts and play Japanese games.

Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS)
WJLS is the oldest hoshu-ko (supplementary Japanese) school in the world.  Many of its students will be here at the festival to demonstrate traditional Japanese folk arts.

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伝統 - Traditional
The vendors in our Ginza area offer a wide and stunning array of Japanese home goods, accessories and artwork, either directly from Japan or inspired by the gift of the cherry blossoms.

現代 - Modern
Modern Japanese culture has helped introduce a new generation to Japan! Our Japan Now area has the latest and greatest in modern Japanese fashion, anime-inspired hats and accessories and the Japan Wow! Pavilion to experience the latest in video games and hip, urban fun!

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Ginza Marketplace

Arise Bazaar
Don't miss one of the Sakura Matsuri's long-time vendors, with the largest selection of Japanese Kimono, antiques, and gifts. Full Kimono outfits and dressing are included at the festival.

Ashinaga History & Tea Tasting
Discover the roots of Ashinaga, it's purpose in the world and influence on Japanese culture and society. Enjoy a selection of teas from five different prefectures while you learn!

Greentea Design
Discover authentic Japanese merchandise from brush paint wall scrolls, beautiful wall and hand-held fans, and parasols to a wide variety of cosplay costumes and jewelry.

Japan Wave
Browse a genuine collection of Japanese traditional Kokeshi Dolls; popular Japanese costumes; and kawaii stationary, toys, and accessories.

Japan-America Student Conference
Come play traditional Japanese festival games, "wanage" ring toss, "yo-yo" water balloon fishing, superball fishing, and more to win Japanese snacks! Come learn about our US-Japan cultural and academic exchange program.

Japan US Military Program -J.U.M.P.
The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan. Through social networks and events, JUMP builds relationships and provides opportunities for service members to engage with each other. JUMP provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.

JET Alumni Association - DC (JETAADC)
The JET Program is a Japanese government program that sends over 1000 Americans to Japan every year. Together with the local alumni association, JETAADC, we will be showcasing Japan's rich culture and talking about how you could travel and teach in Japan!

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Come browse our two locations for a wide selection of Official National Cherry Blossom Festival merchandise.

Nippon Kodo
Come shop our selection of authentic Japanese incense creating tranquility and power.

Ohio Kimono
Authentic japanese kimono and full range of kimono accessories from Kyoto, Japan. From rare antiques to new yukata we offer a full range of kimono ready to wear to the festival. We also offer koi nobori, authentic replica samurai armor from Iron Mountain Armor and hakama.

ROYCE' Chocolate
Since 1983, ROYCE' has been pleasing chocolate lovers with delightful confections from Hokkaido, Japan. The signature Nama Chocolate has a smooth and velvety texture with a hint of prestige liqueur that melts in your mouth.

STUDY ABROAD in JAPAN - Temple University - Japan Campus
TUJ is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan and is the first institution to be officially recognized as a Foreign University by Japan's Ministry of Education. At TUJ, you can study with friends in Japan and from over 60 different countries while earning your US degree in Tokyo. We are dedicated to helping students realize their dreams in the US and abroad.

Table for Two
This Japan-founded NPO, uses healthy "Washoku" (Japanese cuisine) to fight hunger and obesity. Learn how Japanece culture is used for global good!

Come learn about Uniqlo's new location in here in the DC area and browse some of their amazing styles!

Washington Nationals Baseball
Blossoms & Baseball, presented by Peet’s Coffee, celebrates baseball and the National Cherry Blossom Festival as the Nationals face the Cardinals on April 11 at Nationals Park.

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Japan Now

Alicia’s Anime
Video game and anime t-shirts, Hello Kitty bags and accessories and adorable kimmi dolls.

Collector's Anime LLC
Local anime vendor specializing in Blu-Rays, DVDs, Figures, Weiss Schwarz TCG and imported merchandise from Japan.

HKT Inc. / Mugen Toys 

Come browse the wide selection of this direct importer of Japanese animation, toys, collectibles, and anime-related merchandise.

Holy Cow Anime
Specializing in rare and hard to find Japanese anime: such as Sailor Moon, Trigun, Cardcaptors, Tenchi Muyo, Digimon, and more! We carry t-shirts, figures, plush, keychains, and other collectibles. Holy Cow Anime where it’s Cool to be Old School.

IT Cosplay 
This shops carries over 50 different cosplays, T-shirts, and plushies along with small anime gift items like keychains, necklaces, backpacks, and hats.

Kawaii Gifts
A wide variety of 'kawaii' or cute characters and fancy goods from Japanese brands, like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Kutusita Nyanko, Mamegoma, etc.

A wide selection of Japanese toys, figures, video game-related merchandise, plush toys & dolls. We also carry anime trading figures & jewelry.

Studio Kitsu
Hand-made plush items, hats and other accessories.

Stuffed Sushi
Do you love sushi? So much you'd like to hug it? Well you're in luck because Stuffed Sushi with their adorable hand-made stuffed sushi plush pillows are back with us at the festival!

Ukiyo-e Heroes
Jed Henry created the internet-famous series, "Ukiyo-e Heroes". Come see your favorite anime and game characters, drawn in a medieval Japanese style.

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