2009 Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival--Some Pictures of My Visit
Fun on the Streets of DC
My favorite day of the year is the day of the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in DC. The Street Festival comes every spring to celebrate the history of how Washington DC happens to have it's collection of cherry trees.
Washington DC's first cherry trees were a gift from the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, given in March of 1912. The first Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1935. Then in 1965, Japan presented 3800 more trees to First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. The Cherry Blossom Festival grew over the years and is now celebrated for 2 weeks during peak bloom season with multiple activities.
The Sakura Matsuri Street Festival began in 1961 and is put on by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. This year was the 49th Annual Sakura Matsuri Street Festival. The Japan-America Society does an amazing job producing the street festival. Visitors can view many Japanese performers who delight the crowds.
My hub "The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival at the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival" will give you more information on all the great things you can see and do while at the festival. Everyone should start making plans now to visit Washington DC in 2012 for the Centennial Anniversary Festival!
Learn the History of the Cherry Trees
- The Story behind Washington DC's Alluring Cherry Trees
Here is a link to the story of how Washington DC became home to so many enchanting blooms! Donated by Japan to the United States, the cherry trees tell a story of honor and goodwill.
- Watch the 2009 Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington DC
WJLA ABC7 is On Your Side with local news with Leon Harris, Doug Hill weather and sports with Tim Brant for the Washington D.C. metro area. Watch the Parade at this link!
As always, my favorite part of the festival are the people! Anime characters mixing with regular Joes. Japanese princesses decked out in colorful kimonos mingling with the masses. I love the variety!
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Kimono, Kimono, Kimono
- Japanese Culture - Costume - Kimono
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Some Cherry Blossoms
I read that over 100,000 people gathered for this year's street festival. It was an extraordinary day of fun for my family. There were people everywhere, but most were polite and having fun. My advice is go early, stay late and have the time of your life!
BTW--I actually remembered to take my camera...and yes, I finally posted some of my own photos. :)