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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 Riverfront 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.



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Performers at the 2017 Sakura Matsuri
Jr. Exile from Project Taro
Jr. Exile from Project Taro was founded in 2014 with a group of young candidates were selected from highly competitive auditions in Japan to develop their talents and global appeal through an entertainment-driven educational program. Project Taro is a special three-year educational program to achieve the objectives of strong performance ability, mental strength and competitiveness on the international stage. Please welcome today’s jewels to the Sakura Matsuri stage!
Kanadete sourou
Kanadete sorou is a rock band founded by the leader, Koni. Later he was joined by the vocalist Oyumi, the guitarist Chiaki, and drummer Kentarou, appearing as a group of four. They perform live with the historical background of the Meiji and Taisho Eras, dressed in traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono and hakama. They are a unique band mixing tradition with modernity. They write their own lyrics and music which are inspired by Japanese folklore and traditional tales and novels, with the wonderful modern rock sound. They are happy to be back at the Sakura Matsuri this year!
Keisho Ohno
Keisho Ohno is a Tsugaru Shamisen player who mixes traditional Shamisen music with modern and rock music. He is always a challenger in aspiring nouvelle performance and high musical technique. He now has lots of fans in and outside of Japan.
La Sakura Ladies
We enjoy spreading friendship among Japan and other countries by singing beautiful Japanese folk songs, 70’s & 80’s hits, Japanese pop songs, and more!
Enjoy the new sound explored by this true enka girls trio with a Japanese heart and soul. Come hear enjoy the sound when east meets west and a new style of 3-voice harmony.
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group
It is our annual honor to welcome Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group to the Sakura Matsuri. Their thundering taiko drumming merged with traditional Japanese dancing is a perennial favorite! Enjoy the new performances of drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan who are students at Japan's top performing arts university.
The cute ‘Yuruchara’ from Hakata, Fukuoka, dances with vocaloid song ‘otagei’ style with sharp movement. She has a tiger head, but she says “I wanna be a cat”!
Kana Uemura
Kana Uemura is a Gold record-selling singer, songwriter, and guitarist from the Kansai district of Japan. She has enjoyed much success over the years with her music being featured on popular radio and TV stations across Japan as well as publishing an autobiography. She is best known for her song "Goddess of the Bathroom”, an acoustic ballad about her grandmother, which became a #1 hit in 2010. That year she also won two Japan Record Awards: Best Song and Best Songwriter of the Year with her album “Pieces of Me”. She credits Julie Andrews performance in The Sound of Music as her inspiration to write, sing, and play music. Since signing with King Records in 2005, Kana Uemura has released nine studio albums, thirteen singles, an English songs cover album, and 16 music videos.
Other Performances
  • Culinary Arts Pavilion: Our Culinary Arts Pavilion will feature several Japanese chefs demonstrating how to cook Japanese food throughout the day!
  • Performing Groups: List of all of our performing groups