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Here is a list of all of our performing groups for 2018 Sakura Matsuri – click on their name to go to their website for more information!

2018 Performers List
  • 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 that related to Sakura and Japan.
  • Anaguma Eisa: UW-Madison’s Okinawan Taiko Club
    A traditional Okinawan folk dance called Eisa, that fuses Okinawan music with drumming, dance choreography, and elements of martial arts. This is their 5th year participating in Sakura Matsuri.
  • Anime USA Cosplay Fashion Show
    Anime USA, Washington DC’s anime convention that takes place in the fall, displays Japanese anime inspired costumes to teach about anime and cosplay culture.
  • CheeRing School Japan, and Capitol Movement Inc, DC.
    Both Japanese and American children mainly girls learn dance through youtube, and they rehearse only one day together. We started from 4 years ago. We are also performing at opening at National Cherry Blossom Festival parade.
  • Fox Mill Elementary Japanese Immersion Students
    Students from Fox Mill Elementary School will entertain you with a selection of Japanese songs.
  • Great Falls Elementary Japanese Immersion Students
    Great Falls Elementary School students will be performing a number of Japanese songs on stage.
  • J Flute Ensemble
    A group of flute players who performs traditional Japanese music.
  • Kanadete sourou
    We are back again! Our music makes a lot of people smile. Now, please enjoy the rock sound of “Made in Japan"!
  • Keisho Center Children’s Choir
    Washington Japanese Heritage Center (Keisho Center) will sing traditional and modern songs of Japan to celebrate this occasion. Our singing program is an engaging way for students to learn Japanese language and culture. Please join us!
  • KENYC kendama
    We are a group of skilled professional kendama players from NYC
  • Kuniko Kanawa
    Shinto Priestess Rev. Kuniko Kanawa offers Kagura (Shinto theatrical dance) of Sakura princess, then conducts Mikoshi-togyo-sai (portable Shinto shrine march), wishing for their prosperity and tighter bond with participants.
  • KuroPop
    New York’s all African American J-POP cover group that bridges the gap between cultures through dance
  • LUST
    The gritty Japanese trio LUST crafts high-spirited, raw-energy J-Rock!!
  • Mark H Taiko: Japanese Drumming
    Miyako Taiko is a community taiko group affiliated with Mark H Taiko that performs their own dynamic version of contemporary American taiko. Also featuring Kristen Koyama and Mark H Rooney of Kizuna.
  • NCSS 2018 Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses
    Come meet the Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen, American Cherry Blossom Queen and the 2017 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)
    This ensemble combines several taiko groups from New York to bring you an energetic performance of both traditional and contemporary music.
  • Okinawa Cultural Performance
    Okinawa, once known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, has many islands where people prospered with happiness and a rich culture of music, song, dance and karate that continues to this day.
  • Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin
    High school students from Madison, Wisconsin will perform both modern and traditional Okinawan Taiko Drumming. They are proud to be starting their second decade of performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and at the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.
  • Ryukyu Sokyoku Hozon Kai -Sarina Sokyoku Kenkyusho
    Classical Okinawan Koto performance; members also play other instruments (sanshin, taiko) and dance Traditional Ryukyuan dance
  • ShinDaiko
    A Japanese drumming ensemble based in Greater Boston. We are proud to showcase the intensity, passion and history of Japanese drumming, a tradition spanning thousands of years. Our multi-instrumentalist member roster also allows us to incorporate modern instruments and styles into our ensemble pieces.
  • Shodo (Calligraphy) Performances
    Teams of students from both Thomas Jefferson High School and The College of William and Mary will do street performances of calligraphy on a giant sheet of paper (9x16ft) with dance and music.
  • SUNY Geneseo Japanese Culture Club
    Soran Bushi (ソーラン節) is a traditional co-ed Japanese dance from Hokkaido that portrays fishermen at work. It is a very popular dance commonly taught in schools all throughout Japan.
  • Tamagawa University Dance & Taiko Group
    Thundering taiko drumming meets traditional Japanese dance by drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University. It is one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan coming out of Japan’s top performing arts university.
  • University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) – Soran Bushi Squad
    Soran Bushi is traditional Japanese fisherman dance that originated from Hokkaido in Northern Japan. UMCP’s Soran Bushi Squad has been active for 10 years now!
  • Washington DC Kimono Club
    The Washington DC Kimono Club will demonstrate a gorgeous kimono fashion show and a dressing demonstration using different types of kimono – entertaining and educational!
  • Yosakoi Dance Project – 10tecomai
    Performs the exciting Matsuri-style Dance of “Yosakoi" – An energetic exciting fusion of Japanese Traditional with contemporary styles of music and dance. For over 10 years 10tecomai has remained one of the few teams in all of the United States that dances this exciting style.

The following demonstrations will take place throughout the day on our Martial Arts Stage:

  • Aikido of Arlington
    Demonstration of a variety of techniques, including what to do to gain control if being attacked. They will also show weapons (jos/bokkens) and open handed techniques.
  • Capital Area Jodokai
    The Capital Area Jodokai will show a 400-year-old art, Shindo Muso Ryu-jo, which illustrates the use of a a staff versus the Japanese sword. We will also demonstrate affiliated arts showcasing jutte, kusarigama, tanjo and swords.
  • Capital Katori
    Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is one of the oldest (more than 500 years old) and continually passed down Japanese sword-based bujutus. Historically prominent and highly regarded, the government of Japan deemed it a national treasure.
  • Hobyokai / Hobyokan Classical Japanese Martial Arts
    We will be demonstrating classical swordsmanship and a variety of other weapons systems created by the Samurai during the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • JTR Jujitsu
    JTR Jujutsu is a Dai Nippon Butoku Kai member and teaches a traditional form of Jujutsu. JTR will incorporate group techniques, sparring and weapons into the demonstration.
  • KenKonKai Dojo – Japanese Sword Martial Arts
    Part of the Capital Area Budokai and Jodokai, come and appreciate a demonstration of Japanese sword kata and cutting from Nakamura Ryu Batto-o and Mugai Ryu Iaihyo-do.
  • Kyudo – Japanese Ceremonial Archery
    Come to watch a continuous rotation of group archery shooting (embu no dose) demonstrating the individual and group dynamics which kyudo demands of its practitioners.
  • Yamajiro Dojo
    The Yamajiro Dojo specializes in Ninpo, teaching ninjutsu and jujutsu to continue carrying on the legacy of creating the world’s greatest tacticians and self-defense experts.