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The Sakura Matsuri’s Arts and Culture & Artisan section of the festival 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.

Activities List

2017 Sakura Matsuri List:

2018 List will be made available after March 1

  • 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 positive 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 traditional 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.
  • Orgamistica
    We are a company dedicated and passionate about origami that develops products and services around this beautiful art.
  • Paper*Crane*Heart
    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.