Thursday, April 12, 2012

National Cherry Blossom Festival until April 27

There is lots going on this month with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, located in Washington, D.C., began March 20 and goes till April 27.

Be sure not to miss the nation's premier springtime parade on Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm! Due to popular demand, the Festival is releasing additional grandstand tickets for the parade. Performers and icons including Tamagawa University taiko drummers and dancers, returning for their 7th year, as well as the Yamakiya Taiko Club from Fukushima, Japan will be present at the festival. 10 marching bands, including the first ever Blossom All Star Band, will be at the parade as well. The Blossom All Star Band will be featuring 350 members from 12 marching bands across the country.

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gift of Trees to Washington, D.C., the Arise Galley has put on an exhibit known as the "100 Years of Kimono." This exhibit will display unique and breathtaking kimono, as well as other Japanese textiles starting in 1880 and going over a 100-year period. The focus of the exhibit is to demonstrate the beauty of the textiles as well as the story they tell of Japanese culture and history. The exhibit goes through April 30th and is free of charge! 

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Also, keep an eye out for Cherry Blast, returning this year on April 21. Cherry Blast is an art of music dance party for ages 21 and over, with tickets just $10. The multimedia party takes over 15,000 square feet at the Lightbox in Anacostia. The party includes aerial dancers, art from the Temporary Public Art Projects, art activation coordinated by Vestibule, a pop up cafe from Busboys and Poets, and more!  

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