Performers from all over the country and Japan come to the Sakura Matsuri to bring over 30 hours of live musical and dance performances on four stages: ANA‘s Capitol Stage, the Sakura Stage, and our J-POP Stage.
In addition, over 200 martial artists will be demonstrating their skills all day on the Martial Arts Stage.
- Aikido of Arlington
Demonstration of a variety of techniques, from both taijitsu (no weapons) or budo, with tanto, joken. Will also demonstrate techniques to gain control in a situation where attacked.
- Capital Area Jodokai
Group practicing Shindo Muso Ryu in Alexandria, VA. Demonstration of self-defense techniques with a walking stick, sword, jutte (truncheon), and kusarigama (sickle and chain).
- Capital Katori
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is a Japanese sword discipline used to develop awareness of oneself and one's opponent(s) in space. Come see how this awareness is demonstrated with the sword moving at changing velocities, escalating pressures, and shifting strategies.
- Hobyokai / Hobyokan Classical Japanese Martial Arts
Demonstration of classical swordsmanship and a variety of other weapons systems created by the Samurai during the 16th and 17th centuries.
- JTR Jujitsu
Our demonstration will include to include self-defense techniques, partner sparring and a weapons demonstration – highlighting both our children’s and adult programs of self- defense.-
- Kenkonkai: Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship
Come and appreciate a demonstration of Japanese sword kata and cutting from Nakamura Ryu Batto-o and Mugai Ryu Iaihyo-do. Proud to be a part of the Capital Area Budokai and Jodokai.
- Kyudo – Japanese Ceremonial Archery
Enjoy continuous demonstrations and discussions of this non-competitive, non-combative martial art that trains the student to calm the mind and balance the body.
- Northern Virginia Isshinryu Karate Club / I shin ryu kara te do
A comprehensive fitness and self-defense program. Its purpose is to provide qualified instruction in Karate, self-defense and the principles of traditional martial arts through training in Okinawan Isshinryu Karate.
- Northern Virginia Kendokai
Kendo is the Japanese form of fencing with roots in the sword arts of ancient Japan. It disciplines the human character through the application of the principles of the sword.
- Traditional Karate Uechi Ryu
Okinawa is “Birthplace of Karate. Futenma Shubukan is World Headquarters (Honbu Dojo) and Soke (family root) for Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do.
- Yamajiro Dojo
A traditional Japanese martial arts school blended with modern fighting systems. Styles taught are jujutsu, ninjutsu, karate, aikijutsu. Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a plethora of different weapons.
- Anime USA Cosplay Fashion Show
Anime USA brings many of the DC area’s top cosplayers to the J-POP Stage to show off their cosplays for you and teach about cosplay culture. Anime USA is an anime convention taking place in Washington DC’s in the fall.
- CheeRing School Japan, and Capitol Movement Inc, DC.
Come see the electric combination of CheeRing Japan and Capitol Movement DC. DC natives and Japanese children who have traveled here to perform combine for a can’t- miss performance!
- Fox Mill Elementary Japanese Immersion Students
Students from the Fox Mill Elementary School Japanese immersion program will perform a variety of traditional and modern songs.
- Great Falls Elementary Japanese Immersion Students
Students enrolled in the Great Falls Elementary School Japanese Immersion Program will perform several Japanese songs.
- Japanese Culture Club at SUNY Geneseo
We will be performing a traditional fisherman dance called ‘Nanchu Soran Bushi.’
- JBE Band
Our band members consist of employees at the Chamber of Commerce and at the Embassy of Japan.
- Keisho Center Children’s Choir
Washington Japanese Heritage Center (Keisho Center) will sing traditional and modern songs of Japan to celebrate the sharing of Japanese culture in Washington, DC.
An all-girl cover group from New York. Join them as they bridge the gap between cultures with music and dance!
- Lotus Verry
Lotus Verry is a New York-based Fusion rock/pop band formed in 2015. They were inspired by wide styles and generation of music such as Rock, Jazz, Country, Funk, Pops, Classical, Blues, Latin, and Electronica.
High-spirited, raw-energy, modern Japanese-Rock trio!
- Miyako Taiko from The Mark H Taiko School
Miyako Taiko is a community taiko group affiliated with Mark H Taiko that performs their own dynamic version of contemporary American taiko.
- NCSS 2019 Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses
Come meet the Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen, American Cherry Blossom Queen and the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princesses from the states, territories, and international embassies and enjoy their trivia contest!
- Nen Daiko
Enjoy the performance of a mix of traditional festival songs as well as more contemporary compositions that use taiko, fue (bamboo flute), and other narimono (percussion instruments).
- New York Taiko Aiko Kai (NYTAK)
We are one of the Taiko groups in residence as part of the TC Taiko Society at Teachers College, Columbia University and New York Suwa Taiko Association. We perform both traditional &contemporary style of taiko.
- Okinawa Cultural Performance
This group brings the essence of rich Okinawa/Ryukyu culture to the stage. Join our presentation and enjoy a collaboration of traditional court dance, music, eisa dance, and karate.
- Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin
The Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin, along with Chin Daiko, Anaguma Eisa, and Rockville Ryukyu Taiko of Maryland, perform drum- dances that originate in Okinawa, Japan.
- Rie Tamuro
Tamuro Rie is 25 years old singer-songwriter from Nara. She plays guitar and sings original songs.
- Thomas Jefferson HS for Sci & Tech
High school students will perform an artistic form of calligraphy on a giant piece of paper with dance and music
- University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) – Soran Bushi Squad
University of Maryland’s Japanese American Student Association’s Soran Bushi squad has been active for over 7 years performing the dance multiple times each spring.
- WJLS Fab Chorus Plus Koto
Japanese Traditional Music
- Yamada Ryubu Kenkyujo (Okinawan Dance and Music)
Classical Okinawan Koto performance; members also play other instruments (sanshin, taiko) and dance Traditional Ryukyuan dance
- Yosakoi Dance Project – 10tecomai
10Tecomai’s styles of dance are known as “Yosakoi” which originated in the Kochi prefecture of Japan. Its positive, uplifting, high-energy movements are the defining qualities of Yosakoi dance.
- Ai’s Sakura Band
Ai Yamashita from Japan, a pianist, composer, and arranger is leading her special band “Ai’s Sakura Band.” They will perform Ai’s original compositions and arrangements related to Sakura and Japan.
- Nihon-shuji school of calligraphy