2019 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

The Embassy of Japan is proud to present a fabulous lineup through the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) during the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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  • MAR-
    JUNE
  • Exhibition: Indigo Threads/ 藍・つむぐ:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship and American Heritage
  • JICC
  • Indigo Threads/ 藍・つむぐ:Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship and American Heritage explores the rich history of indigo dyed fabric and garments in Japan, including the modern hype on Japanese denim and jeans. .
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  • Mar 21 2019
  • The Future of the US-Japan Friendship
  • Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
  • Hear from experts in the field of international exchange and tourism on how these two aspects are changing perspectives on the US-Japan relationship.
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  • Mar 23 2019
  • Japanese Culture Day
  • Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
  • The Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals.
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  • Mar 24 2019
  • Gallery Talk: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Join us for a tour of Japanese masterpieces depicting stories from the Tale of Genji led by a Freer|Sackler curator.
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  • Mar 24 2019
  • The Tale of Genji: A Musical Narrative with Ikuko Kawai Ensemble
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Follow Japan’s famous Tale of Genji, in this original interpretation for violin, keyboard, and traditional Japanese instruments, led by popular violinist and composer Ikuko Kawai.
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  • Mar 27 2019
  • J-Film in Blue: Kagemusha
  • Japan Information and Culture Center
  • In the midst of civil war in fuedal Japan, the warlord Shingen Takeda is mortally wounded in battle.
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  • Mar 29 2019
  • Lecture: The History of Jeans in Japan: Black Markets, Red-Line Selvedge, & the Blue of Victory
  • Japan Information and Culture Center
  • W. David Marx, the author of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, will speak about the history of jeans in Japan.
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  • Mar 30 2019
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival's Cherry Blast
  • Discover an unforgettable secret garden at the 2019 Cherry Blast presented by MGM National Harbor.
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  • Mar 30 2019
  • Blossom Kite Festival
  • Grounds of the Washington Monument
  • The National Mall serves as the backdrop as thousands of kites take flight during the annual Blossom Kite Festival.
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  • Apr 1 2019
  • Yoko Miwa Trio
  • Blues Alley
  • Artist to perform an 8 PM and 10 PM show.
  • 8 PM
  • 10 PM
  • Apr 3 2019
  • Blossoms & Baseball with the Washington Nationals
  • Nationals Park
  • Don’t miss this specially-themed game that can only happen when two of DC’s favorite springtime traditions join forces!
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  • Apr 6 2019
  • Petalpalooza
  • The Wharf
  • Celebrate spring at the National Cherry Blossom Festival‘s Petalpalooza for a full day of live music and engaging activities at The Wharf!
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  • Apr 07 2019
  • Official Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony
  • Tidal Basin
  • Nestled under the cherry blossom trees on the Tidal Basin, this ceremony includes remarks by top US officials and Japanese diplomats as well as traditional songs and music.
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  • Apr 08 2019
  • Rina Yamazaki Trio
  • Blues Alley
  • Artist to perform an 8 PM and 10 PM show.
  • 8 PM
  • 10 PM
  • Apr 11 2019
  • Japanese Kimono Fashion Show
  • Meyer Auditorium, Freer Sackler Gallery of Art
  • Commentary on Japanese Kimono followed by a fashion show of traditional Japanese Kimonos, modern Japanese Kimonos, and Kimono inspired dresses.
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  • Apr 12 2019
  • 27th National Japan Bowl - Championship Rounds
  • National 4-H Youth Conference Center
  • The 27th National Japan Bowl is an academic competition for high school students across the nation who are studying Japanese.
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  • Apr 12 2019
  • Cherry Blossom Grand Ball
  • JW Marriott
  • Celebrate the crowning of the 2019 Cherry Blossom Queen and enjoy Sushi prepared by some of Japan’s finest Sushi Chefs.
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  • Apr 12 2019
  • Fridays @ Freer|Sackler
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Get an unexpected view into Japanese culture through musical performances, art making, and exclusive curator tours of Japanese art exhibitions.
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  • Apr 13 2019
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
  • Constitution Avenue
  • One of DC’s largest spectator events, the high-energy National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® is presented by Events DC.
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  • Apr 13 2019
  • Sakura Matsuri
  • National Harbor
  • Come enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival!
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  • Apr 15 2019
  • Yuko Mabuchi Trio
  • Blues Alley
  • Artist to perform an 8 PM and 10 PM show.
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  • Apr 25 2019
  • Festival Finale: Japanese Pianist Ichiro Nodaira in Concert
  • Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center
  • As a Grand Finale to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, distinguished pianist and composer Mr. Ichiro Nodaira will come from Japan to give a special performance at the Kennedy Center.
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The Festival, which commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC, is an annual celebration to honor the lasting friendship between Japan and the United States. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gifted 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC as a symbol of the friendship between the two nations. Ms. Eliza Scidmore, the author of a travel journal who was deeply impressed by the beauty of the cherry blossoms at Mukoujima in Tokyo, had campaigned for years to have them brought to DC. Along with Dr. Joukichi Takamine, famous for his work on adrenaline and the enzyme taka-diastase and a long-time friend of America, she urged First Lady Helen Taft to have the trees planted along the Potomac. Now every year the public parks along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington are covered in gorgeous blooming trees.

Helpful Links: New York Times: The Gift of Cherry Blossoms | National Cherry Blossom Festival | Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival


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PARTNERS

  • Blues Alley Jazz
  • Japan Foundation
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • The Freer and Sackler Galleries
  • ANA
  • The Kennedy Center
  • JASWDC