The Sakura Matsuri’s Arts and Culture section of the festival gives attendees a chance to enjoy interactive cultural activities, learn about the cultural impact of Japan in the United States.
- Art by Zachary Sasim
Original paintings by local artists Zachary Sasim – ”a flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
- Central Japan / East Japan Railway Company
Learn all about the Shinkansen rail lines in Japan and the beauty of traveling around Japan via railway!
- Ekoji Buddhist Temple
Interested in Buddhism for contemporary times? Come learn about the non-monastic Jodo Shinshu sect and Ekoji Buddhist Temple’s services and other offerings in the northern VA area.
- English Now!
Come play traditional Japanese festival games, learn about origami, and celebrate how we use language to communicate across cultures!
- Globalize DC
Students from JAPANESE PLUS, Globalize DC’s afterschool Japanese language and culture program, will share educational activities with elementary age children, and information about their own travel experiences in Japan.
- Ishida Bonsai
Come see our variety of bonsai available for anyone interested in the aesthetic and care of miniature trees. Our plants include those suitable for both experienced and beginner plant owners.
- Japanese Craft & More
We demonstrate how to make origamis and share & introduce Japanese culture and tradition through our craft.
- Japanese Americans’ Care Fund
Come enjoy a Japanese cooking demonstration – sponsored by San-J Soy Sauce. We also offer Japanese household items and used books for sale to support our activities.
- Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA)
Come learn about this organization that is dedicated to educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII and preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members.
- Japanese Christian Community Center in Washington
Learn how to wear a furisode, kimono, and yukata from a professional kimono teacher! We also have handmade crafts for sale and appreciate our art display from Nintendo painter James Whitley.
- Japan Railroad Modelers of Washington DC
JRM’s model trains sets depict stylized railway scenes from Japan.
- Japanese Tea Tasting
Ashinaga Japan will be offering tastings of Japanese tea and educating on the different varieties and their role in Japanese culture.
- JUMP – Japan US Military Program
The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have serviced in Japan.
- Kanagawa Prefecture
Come learn about this prefecture just east of Tokyo – tourism highlights and see their traditional crafts.
- Kurashiki City
The purpose of this booth will be to introduce different regions of Japan to consumers. It will also sell jeans fabricated in the city of Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture. Demonstrations of the jean design process will also take place.
- Let’s Learn Japanese!
Come to start learning the Japanese language or practice it, along with calligraphy and much more! Sponsored by the JCAW Foundation.
- National Go Center
Learn about the game of Go, its history and culture from National Go Center volunteers.
- National Cherry Blossom Festival
Come browse our three locations for a wide selection of Official National Cherry Blossom Festival merchandise.
- NCSS 2019 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 inspirational Zen Calligraphy. He will create a message of your choice for you to take with you that wishes you happiness and prosperity.
- Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa is the only subtropical region in Japan. Come and learn about its beautiful nature and unique culture and learn tourism opportunities, see performances, enjoy crafts, and taking photos in Ryukyu Bingata Kimono.
Marvel at our hand cut 3D paper art in shadow box frames.
- Sakura Science
Sakura Science demonstrations will include
1. The exploration of the micro world using a table-top electron microscope.
2. Learning about mice cellular imagery and cellular organization by using a tabletop microscope.
3. Playing with a puzzle to identify specific cells of tissues and organs.
4. Sheet Medium (The Two-Dimensional Communication System Sheet Medium Communication System is equipment with which you can get Internet access and also power supply by just putting your devices on it. With the panels and a trial product sample, we will explain the merit of the 2D communication system and possible applications of it.
5. Science and technology puzzle games for children.
6. Papercraft on marine science.
7. Presentation other related activities of participants’ programs.
- Table for Two USA
We promote healthy eating through “Wa-Shokuiku ( 和食育 ) -Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!-“! You can learn healthy and oishii Japanese food culture at our booth.
- 2 Bros and a Bard
Join the Bros to see our Japanese inspired handcrafted wood and bronze art from chopsticks to cutting boards with everything else in between.
- US-Japan Biomedical Research Collaboration for Global Health
Come learn about the history of medical collaboration between the US. and Japan. See examples of innovation that have emerged to benefit patients globally, and hear about engaging current research.
- Washington Japanese Heritage (Keisho) Center
Have fun making traditional Japanese crafts and playing games with Keisho Center students, parents, and teachers. While at our booth, please chat with us about our unique culture and language programs.
- Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS)
Washington Japanese Language School was founded in 1958, the oldest Japanese government supported “Hoshu-Ko" in the world. We’d love to present what we’ve learned in our school with people in America.
- Washington DC Inishie Karuta Club
We show Kyogi Karuta demonstration and exhibit-related books and antique cards. Visitors can try beginners games.