The Sakura Matsuri’s Arts and Culture & Artisan section of the festival gives attendees a chance to enjoy interactive cultural activities, learn about the cultural impact of Japan in the United States and purchase Japanese-inspired hand-made items.
Sakura Matsuri 2018
- American Daiku Association
Come learn about the natural beauty of Japanese woodworking, and watch tatami mats being made.
- Atelier Kanawa
Come and learn about kimono, its customs and tradition. Certified Kimono consultant Atelier Kanawa will further explain the goals of the club, as well as her traditional arts and crafts.
Old style Japanese candy craft artistry, called Amezaiku. Watch me make animals out of candy for sale.
- Central Japan Railway Company
Learn all about the Shinkansen rail lines in Japan and the beauty of traveling around Japan via railway!
- DC Kawaii Style
DC KawaiiStyle is a kawaii community created to introduce and promote the philosophy of kawaii culture. Stop by this fun, happy, and positive booth to brighten your day!
- Ekoji Buddhist Temple: The Temple of the Gift of Light
Come visit Ekoji Buddhist Temple: The Temple of Light. You get the firsthand experience with how a Japanese Jodo Shinshu Temple is experienced in America.
- Globalize DC – Japanese Plus
Students from Globalize DC’s “Japan Plus" after-school language, culture, and career exposure program will share educational games, kamishibai stories and their new mascot, “puni-puni", with elementary age festival goers.
- Ishida Bonsai
Come see demonstrations of the enjoyment that bonsai can bring to your life and how to properly care for your bonsai.
- East Japan Railway Company
Come see high-end models of trains, browse our tourism flyers, and see a 3D video about shinkansen high speed trains and tourism in Japan.
- Japanese Craft & More
Come and learn to make crafts with origami. Let us show you the beauty of Japanese crafts and spirit of O-MO-TE-NA-SHI which means serving with gratitude.
- Japanese Americans’ Care Fund
Enjoy Japanese cooking demonstrations throughout the day and learn about how the Care Fund is caring for the community by sharing knowledge and resources. Cooking demonstrations are sponsored by San J Shoyu.
- Japanese American Citizen League
The Washington, DC Chapter of the JACL is part of the oldest and largest Asian and Pacific Islander American civic and human rights organization in the US.
- Japan-America Student Conference
Come play traditional Japanese festival games, and learn about our US-Japan cultural and academic exchange program.
- Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA)
Japanese American Veterans will greet the public and discuss the significant role and contribution that Japanese Americans have given in the creation of America.
- Japanese Christian Community Center in Washington
Come learn about kimono from an expert, have fun understanding and creating Japanese kanji calligraphy, and learn about upcoming seminars, events, classes and services at the center.
- Japan Railroad Modelers of Washington DC
Come enjoy JRM’s large model train layout that depicts stylized railway operations and scenes from Japan. Shinkansens, express, local and freight trains are operated in 4 separate lines on the layout.
- Kanagawa Prefecture
Learn about Kanagawa Prefecture home to Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone, three highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.
- Kanji House
Learn about kanji, Chinese characters, and japan at the Kanji House
- Karuta – Japanese card game using ancient poems
Kyogi Karuta, or competitive Karuta, is a unique Japanese card game using ancient poems. It is an ultimate brain sport of memorization, concentration and speed. Beginners can learn in mini-competitions throughout the day and winners will be awarded!
- Let’s Learn Japanese!
Come and start to learn the Japanese language and practice it, along with calligraphy performances and much more. Sponsored by the JCAW Foundation.
- National Go Center
Learn to play the ancient game of Go and its history and culture.
- NCSS 2017 Cherry Blossom Queens & Princesses
Come visit the Cherry Blossom Queen & Princesses visiting from across the United States, territories, and international embassies. Many will be at the tent for photo ops with all visitors.
- Nishiura Style
Master Nishiura demonstrates the inspirational brush work and art to wish you happiness and prosperity, and you can join him to make your own wonderful brush work.
- Olive and Daisy
Let your eyes feast on beautiful hand crafted Japanese-style jewelry, made with Japanese beads and gemstones.
Japanese paper jewelry, made in NYC from wood, upcycled puzzle pieces, resin, and beautiful chiyogami and katazome papers.
- Sakura Science
Sakura Science enables visitors to explore the world in detail using the latest scientific tools and methods from Japan!
- Shabana Origami & Kumihimo Jewelry
Browse the results of using chiyogami washi paper to create whimsical jewelry including sakura pins & earrings. Watch Shawnnee demonstrate traditional Japanese “Kumihimo" braiding to make pendants and bracelets.
- Table for Two
This Japan-founded NPO, uses healthy “Washoku" (Japanese cuisine) to fight hunger and obesity. Learn how Japanese culture is used for global good!
- Washington Japanese Heritage (Keisho) Center
Japanese heritage students from the Keisho Center will show young guests how to make traditional Japanese crafts and play Japanese games.
- Washington Japanese Language School (WJLS)
WJLS is the oldest hoshu-ko (supplementary Japanese) school in the world. Many of its students will be here at the festival to demonstrate traditional Japanese folk arts.