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Sakura Matsuri has three stages and over 40 performances across two days so you can experience Japan your way in 2022!

During a year that has seen heavy travel restrictions placed on performers from Japan, it is all the more fitting that the 60th Anniversary of the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival will serve as a showcase for the depth of Japanese cultural talent and influence that exists across this country, and right here in DC.
 

FEATURED
Raquel and Company
Come enjoy the blues of "Baby" Al Caldwell and his daugher Raquel - their music has been enjoyed all over Japan as he has toured there through the years
Washington Ballet (April 9)
“Rising Sun” with music by Kyoshi Yoshida is a ballet based on both the strength and the elegance of Japanese culture. Join Japanese company dancers for a workshop exploring elements of ballet, kabuki theater, and Japanese tea service, which bring this piece together. This piece was created during the rise of violence against the AAPI community to show the world that the AAPI community is strong and beautiful. This piece represents that a new day (Rising Sun) will be upon us.
CAPITOL STAGE
Miyako Taiko
Miyako Taiko is a diverse community with a common passion for sharing kumidaiko (Japanese drumming as a group).
Raquel and Company
Come enjoy the blues of "Baby" Al Caldwell and his daugher Raquel - their music has been enjoyed all over Japan as he has toured there through the years
Tyler Hsieh
National Champion Tyler Hsieh performs yoyo, a toy commonly played with in Japan
Washington Japanese Heritage Center (Keisho Center)
Join Keisho Center for a performance of traditional Japanese songs that our students learn through our program.
Nen Daiko
Nen Daiko, the taiko ensemble of Ekoji Buddhist Temple, performs traditional and contemporary compositions on taiko, fue, and other narimono.
ShinDaiko
ShinDaiko is a contemporary Japanese taiko drumming ensemble, celebrating the art of taiko through both traditional and modern styles.
Washington Ballet (April 9)
“Rising Sun” with music by Kyoshi Yoshida is a ballet based on both the strength and the elegance of Japanese culture. 6 dancers share the stage in a variety of dances bringing elements of ballet, kabuki theater, and Japanese tea service together. This piece was created during the rise of violence against the AAPI community to show the world that the AAPI community is strong and beautiful. This piece represents that a new day (Rising Sun) will be upon us.
Kikuyuki No Kai
Come appreciate the Onoe style of Japanese classical dance that is characterized by a unique blend of sophisticated turns and colorful silk elegance representing various aspects of Japanese history and traditions.
New York Taiko Aikokai
Founded in 2002, this group is one of the taiko groups in residence as part of the TC Taiko Society at Teachers College, Columbia University and also part of the taiko groups under the New York Suwa Daiko Association.
Mark H Taiko Connection
MHTX is a collection of skilled taiko performers who combine the roots of festival taiko with contemporary influences.
Washington Ballet (April 10)
Take part in a free family-friendly, multigenerational class taught by a dance artist of The Washington Ballet during the Sakura Matsuri Festival. This free class is designed for the entire family to be introduced to classical ballet technique, storytelling through pantomime movement, and The Washington Ballet repertoire in a welcoming and inclusive environment. This family friendly experience will include a “ballet rap” by Lil Tokyo Loco (aka Company Dancer Tamako Miyazaki)
The Men's Glee Club of New York
We are the only all-male choir in New York City that sings in Japanese.
SAKURA STAGE
Chin Hamaya Daiko & Wisconsin Taiko
Chin Hamaya Daiko and the Okinawan Taiko Drummers of Wisconsin will team up to showcase a wide variety of traditional and modern Eisa style drum/dance routines, which originates in Okinawa, Japan.
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Massachusetts Branch and Ohio Branch
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko performs the Okinawan art of Eisa (drumming and dancing).
Kogyoku Kai
Kogyoku Kai is a New York-based YOSAKOI team.
Cocktail Making with Iichiko
Come learn how to mix delicious and innovative cocktails using Ichiko shochu, Japan's native spirit.
Onigiri Making Workshop
Come learn with Table for 2 how to make and flavor a basic staple of Japanese cuisine - onigiri (rice balls)
National Japan Bowl Champions
Watch National Japan Bowl champions go up against a team of DC celebrities in a fast-paced round of Japan trivia!
Ike Jime Demonstration
What does “fresh” really mean? Learn how Japanese fishing and handling techniques determine true sushi-quality on your plate.
J-POP STAGE
4NE1 Kpop Performance Team
4NE1 brings VCU to the stage to show off their K-pop dance moves.
CheeRing School from Japan and Capitol Movement Inc
Japanese School students from CheeRing and CMI kidz from Capitol Movement Inc, perform both Japanese and American styles of dance.
JBE Band
Come enjoy the garage rock style of band members from the local Japanese business and diplomatic community and enjoy hearing your favorites.
Ai's Sakura Band
Ai Yamashita from Japan, a pianist/composer is leading Ai's Sakura Band, performing traditional Japanese songs, J-Pop, anime and original compositions.
Emergency Tiara
Emergency Tiara is a NYC based pop band fronted by lead singer Juri Jinnai from Tokyo.
Kohei
Come join Kohei for a anime theme singalong dance party!
SUNY Geneseo Japanese Culture Club
The SUNY Geneseo JCC exists to promote relations between members of the club and community through explorations of Japanese culture.
Destination Cosplay Runway
Destination Cosplay Runway presented by Awesome Con & Plus Ultra Entertainment - come enjoy this show of the latest and greatest in cosplay styles and fashion!
GMU KDC Mythic
Students from George Mason University showcase their fabulous K-pop moves.
PRiMARY Official Dance Team
K-Pop dance team from George Mason University bring the sounds of K-pop.
MARTIAL ARTS STAGE
Northern Virginia Kendokai at the Capital Area Budokai
A presentation of Kendo, the martial art of Japanese fencing, using bamboo swords, armor, and the spirit of the Samurai.
Capital Area Jodokai
Practitioners of Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu, in Alexandria, VA. Demonstration of martial art techniques with a walking stick, sword, jutte (truncheon), and kusarigama (sickle and chain).
Traditional Okinawa Karate Uechi Ryu
See a demonstration of karate , world reknown martial art founded in Okinawa
Samurai Sword Soul
Samurai Action Performance using swords and bo sticks, followed by Samurai Boot Camp which is interactive samurai training.
Hobyokai/Hobyokan
The Hobyokai/Hobyokan will demonstrate 3 Japanese martial arts traditions founded in the 16th and 17th centuries in Japan.
Yamajiro Ninja Academy
Appreciate this dramatic display of Japanese martial arts including Jujutsu and Ninjutsu.
Yosakoi Dance Project - 10tecomai
Come enjoy the energetic performance of 10tecomai - proud to be back in Washington, DC
Kenkonkai Dojo
The Kenkonkai trains in Nakamura ryu a Japanese sword art based on instruction originally taught at the Toyama military academy.
Thanks for joining Sakura Matsuri 2022. Visit jaswdc.org to find more Japan-related events in DC.VISIT
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