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 are thrilled to be coming to the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, anchored at the corner of N Street and New Jersey Avenue, SE. 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, two beer gardens, 30 exhibitors of Japanese arts and culture, 15 vendors of Japanese products, and over 30 hours of live performances on five stages, including traditional and popular Japanese music and dance and martial arts demonstrations.
The Sakura Matsuri is divided into six main areas:
- 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
- Japanese Arts and Culture Exhibitions
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 2017 Sakura Matsuri! If you need a PDF application, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
We are accepting applications to be a volunteer at the 2017 Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival. Head to our volunteer page to sign up and thank you so much!