First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is now the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States.
In 2016, we were thrilled to be apart of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, anchored at the corner of N Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE. This coming year, 2019, we hope to relocate the festival back onto Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 3rd to 7th Streets.
The Sakura Matsuri is held each spring as the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn over 40,000 visitors in 7 hours.
The Sakura Matsuri is a family-friendly festival. There are over 15 vendors of Japanese food, over 30 exhibitors of Japanese arts and culture, over 20 vendors of Japanese traditional and modern products, and over 30 hours of live performances on six stages, including traditional and popular Japanese music and dance and martial arts demonstrations. Attendees can also enjoy Japanese beer, sake and authentic Japanese snacks.
The Sakura Matsuri is divided into six main areas:
- Japanese Arts and Culture Exhibitions
- Taste of Japan – (with restaurants selling Japanese food)
- The Ginza Marketplace – (selling traditional Japanese products)
- Japan Now – (celebrating modern, youthful Japan)
- Performing Arts – (featuring traditional Japanese music and dance)
- Japanese Martial Arts
There’s something for everyone at the Sakura Matsuri!
Applications for Vendors, Performers, Martial Artists, and Arts & Crafts Exhibitors:
Below are the links for online applications to participate in the 2018 Sakura Matsuri! If you need a PDF application, please e-mail email@example.com.
Application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2019.
- Arts & Culture – groups who want to come and demonstrate and teach about aspects of Japanese culture can apply to participate here.
- Artisan – artists who make their own Japanese-inspired crafts can participate in this area.
- Ginza – vendors who sell traditional Japanese goods and Japanese-inspired products can apply to participate in this area.
- Japan Now – vendors who wish to sell modern Japanese products.
- Taste of Japan – apply to sell a wide variety of food at the Sakura Matsuri!
- Performing Arts – performers and groups can apply here to perform on one of our four stages!
- Martial Arts – martial arts groups who wish to perform their skills can apply here!
2019 Participant Guidelines – To participate in the 2019 Sakura Matsuri as a performer, vendor, or exhibitor you must read the Sakura Matsuri Guidelines.
The Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival volunteer application will be ready on February 2019! If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.