Save the Date for Sakura Sunday
The wait is over and the springtime celebration of the season is here! Come to National Harbor's official participating event of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Sunday.
Join us on April 2nd from 11am - 6pm for a wide array of free cultural activities including an artisanal Japanese marketplace, cultural performances, culinary delights, a sake and beer garden and more!
Check out the festival offerings below.
Taking place on the Plaza Stage
Experience Japanese culture first-hand with a variety of musical and dance performances, demonstrations and more!
Zen Yoga: Pre-festival meditation at 10:30am on the Plaza stage.
Kuniko Kanawa: Traditional Japanese Blessing.
Prince George's County Memorial Library System: Enjoy a family friendly reading of a book featuring Japanese culture.
Kuniko Kanawa: Traditional Japanese Dance.
Kuniko Kanawa: Traditional Japanese Kimono Demonstration.
Yosakoi Dance Project: Traditional Japanese Dance.
JTR Jujutsu International: Jujutsu demonstrations from the only old-style jujutsu martial art school in Washington, DC. This combat-style system originates from the 16th-century battlefields of feudal Japan used by Samurai warriors.
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Take in this cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.
KuroPOP Performance: KuroPOP is a 4 member girl Japanese and Korean Pop cover group based in New York City. Natsuki (Captain), Yuki, Raevyn and Ki have banded together to remind the world that performing with the love of Asian pop culture has no skin tone.
Okinawa Cultural Performance: Okinawa's traditional performing arts embody the diverse culture of the islands and marry regal dance forms, classical sounds, and storytelling.
Nen Daiko Performance: Nen Daiko is the taiko ensemble of Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and has been performing in the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1994.
Chin Daiko: Okinawan Taiko Drumming Performance.
Kenkonkai Dojo: Martial Arts Performance.
Miyako Taiko: Founded in 2014, Miyako Taiko is a Japanese drumming group based in the Washington DC area and part of the Mark H Taiko School.
Under the Capital Canopy
Explore Japanese crafts, merchants and artwork as well as sweet and savory bites at the Sakura Sunday Marketplace.
Panda Tea House: Offering a variety of bubble teas under the Capital Canopy. Head to their storefront on 141 Waterfront Street for rolled ice cream served with famous Hong Kong bubble waffles.
Atelier Kanawa: Edo Tsumami Kanzashi Handicraft, Shinto Amulets, Shinto Purification + Bell blessing
Menya Jiro: Try a variety of ramen from this authentic Japanese restaurant
Alicia's Anime: Merchant offering Anime related products and video games.
Anime USA: Merchant offering Anime related products.
Urban Sheek: Merchant offering trending Japanese fashion and toys. and Gachapon Machines.
Hikari wo Sagasu: Merchant offering handmade accessories.
Stuffed Sushi: Merchant offering handmade plush sushi pillows.
Tiger Tea by Food Fest: Try a variety of bubble teas and other refreshing beverages.
Shabana Kumihimo Kreations: Origami Originals, Kumihimo Kreations
Yummy Food Corner & Grill: Yakitiri, Yakisoba, Tamako Fried Rice, Etc.
Baz LLC: Handcrafted Wooden Chopsticks
Check back soon for additional merchants!