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Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival

The 52nd Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival is the place to be on Saturday, April 14 for all things Japanese following the Parade until 6:00pm. The festival covers 6 blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Cosplay is encouraged! For 21+ there are beer tents. For less, there is a ton of Ramune! (Last year's evidence: http://youtu.be/t5VKVylNj3M )

 

More information: http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2012/04/12/enjoy-the-sakura-matsuri-japanese-street-festival-after-the-parade/


Browse the festival program for more information on:
Arts and Culture
A Taste of Japan
Martial Arts
Japan Now
Stage Schedules
Ginza Marketplace
Children’s Corner

Please consider pre-purchasing an admission ticket for $5 if you are able to buy online and print the confirmation bar code page. While there are times that pay-at-the-door lines are short, other times it can be over half an hour long. A pre-purchased and printed admission will allow you to walk in at any time.

 

Also, be sure to get phone/text/twitter information from anyone you want to find, or set fixed meeting times and locations.  The festival is huge and packed with people.  There is also the possibility that the group will split up at times for food/drink/shows/etc. And remember, if at any time you need to step outside the festival gates, make sure to get a stamp so you can get back in!

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  • Kelvin S.

    I saw some of you bronies there and that's what made me join this meet-up site actually~<3 If anypony remembers I was the silly long-haired Asian fella with a tiger plushie hat. I really wanna find out who I talked to and brohoofed, especially the ones I group-hugged.

    Great cosplays btw, I saw a awesome vinyl who brought a ROCKIN' Stereo that played all of my favorite wubs!

    I originally went there with my non-brony friends and it was kinda boring, but seeing you bronies out there made my trip worth it! So to those yet-to-be-named bronies, I owe you my thanks!~

    3 · April 15, 2013

    • Gina S.

      I remeber you. Me, Johnathan and Steve were recruiting you. Hope to see you at more meetups!

      April 15, 2013

    • MadOcean (Karl L.

      Join us on Facebook

      April 15, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    great event with great people

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Flippy

    Good to have seen some of you guys there! Hope ya'll had as much fun but not as much sunburn as me!

    April 14, 2013

    • Justin (.

      I kinda just got a weird, semi-T-shirt tan.

      April 14, 2013

    • Steve

      I got a bit scorched a bit. It's not *too* bad, but enough that I'll be waiting several days before I get my passport picture.

      April 14, 2013

  • Bill C

    I may be there around noon. I might also be cosplaying as a ghostbuster just so I can make a terrible pun out of a nearby building.

    April 13, 2013

    • Bill C

      I was going to say that I was sent out to investigate a building that had a high ghost count in it. Or at least it's assumed there is since it's called the Old Ghost Office Pavilion. Note that I never said this would be good.

      But I ended up not wearing this since I couldn't find a backpack to carry the suit in since I didn't want to wear it on the metro. And then missed seeing everybody because I was late and in a rush to find a present for a friend since she wasn't able to go.

      April 14, 2013

    • John Locke (Rolling W.

      Oh. lol

      I'm sorry you could make the pun or even see the rest of us while you were there. :-(

      April 14, 2013

  • Mode

    It begins!
    Who else is here?

    April 13, 2013

    • The n.

      I'm there

      April 13, 2013

    • Flippy

      Someone claims to have seen the ninja, but I didn't notice him...

      2 · April 14, 2013

  • Tim "DJ H.

    This was awesome, I don't go to these things to see anything in particular, I go to simple BE. Awesome talking to everyone, Trucker, EK, Coco, Rift, Mode, Luna, Starborne, Gabe, Ben... Thank you all for making this one better than the one I did two years ago!

    4 · April 13, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      I think that one of the things I like about the DC bronies is the simple talking we do.

      April 13, 2013

    • Flippy

      Brohoof!

      April 14, 2013

  • Justin (.

    It was pretty chaotic since so many people were there, but I had a good time.
    Unfortunately, I think I may have forgotten some of the names of the pony-people I met, so... my apologies in advance.

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • JFronz

      No worries bro I was cosplaying vinyl with the white boom box

      April 14, 2013

  • MadOcean (Karl L.

    Any one else have some pix

    April 14, 2013

  • JenniSue

    We will be arriving late, but we'll try and find the group.

    April 13, 2013

    • JenniSue

      Bummer - they dont sell online tickets the day of the event. :(

      April 13, 2013

    • John Locke (Rolling W.

      Tickets were available online until 9:45 am on the day of the event.

      April 13, 2013

  • Chris F.

    I'm sorry I had to leave early. It was a great time!

    April 13, 2013

  • Twîlight S.

    It was fun! Hopefully we'll get more regulars out of the advertising!

    April 13, 2013

  • JenniSue

    Anyone going to dinner? I heard Subway has 2 for 1 today...hoping that offer is good for DC as well as VA.

    April 13, 2013

  • Stripes

    Oh, right, when get there, look for Ness from Earthbound!

    April 13, 2013

  • James O.

    On the red line. should be there in 40.

    April 13, 2013

  • Nicole (.

    Anyone want to meet at CP metro and ride in together? If not that's fine. I shall ride alone.

    April 11, 2013

    • ~Alma~ D.

      Just got to college park.

      April 13, 2013

    • Jason L

      Here now.

      April 13, 2013

  • Stripes

    I'll be maybe a bit late.

    April 13, 2013

  • Angela

    Running a little late this morning so won't be able to meetup at the post office at 10:30 but will be around!

    April 13, 2013

  • JFronz

    So where r we meeting up tomorrow just so I don't get lost on metro lol

    April 12, 2013

    • Prism

      Aye, that it is.
      See you all there!
      I'mma hittin' up the Metro at College Park 'round 9'ish.

      April 12, 2013

    • JFronz

      Someone give me a call when you get there my #[masked]

      April 13, 2013

  • Stargazer

    Well, I was expecting it to take longer to get here so I came early only to get to Federal Triangle now lol. Guess I'll wait outside of the train station and enjoy the weather while more bronies come in heh.

    April 13, 2013

  • MadOcean (Karl L.

    Is going to be wet tomorrow

    April 12, 2013

  • Steph (.

    Priorities:
    • Martial Arts
    • Fashion/Apparel
    • J-pop
    • ... everything else lol

    April 13, 2013

  • The n.

    Do to work I will be there at 1:30 or 2:00pm

    April 13, 2013

  • ThunderDork

    I'm attending I'll just be needing a ride to and from

    April 12, 2013

  • Johnathan I. T.

    Whew we are gonna be rolling up in there as a BIG group tomorrow!! Okay, I'll stop trying to talk ghetto :p

    2 · April 12, 2013

  • The n.

    Ya I'm going to be late but the ninja will be there

    April 12, 2013

    • Steve

      You blew your cover! You could have told people "I was on time, but you couldn't see me."

      April 12, 2013

    • The n.

      Or did I ;)

      April 12, 2013

  • Ganey

    Can anyone get me a ride?

    April 10, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Okay folks! I'll be taking the Yellow Line from King Street into town....I was trying to pick a spot to meet up!

    April 11, 2013

    • John Locke (Rolling W.

      I'm guessing we'll meetup right outside the entrance to the Matsuri by the Federal Triangle station... That's where we met up for last year's Matsuri.

      April 12, 2013

    • John Locke (Rolling W.

      Actually, right outside the address listed at the top of this page (near the Metro entrance?) is where we'll probably meet.

      April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As long as I can get my homework done (400 page book to read) on time, I'll go.

    If I can't, I'll read it on my way there ;)

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      plus you can read on the ride home too

      April 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I found out that the book is actually only 254 pages. The other 219 pages are sources. O.O

      April 11, 2013

  • Skyler C.

    what's the nearest metro station?

    April 11, 2013

    • Bill C

      Federal Triangle. It's right by one of the entrances to the Matsuri.

      April 11, 2013

  • Matt Yingling (Cosmic B.

    Planing on going. Leaving from Grosvenor metro station, looking to meet up along the way if anyone is on that path.

    April 11, 2013

  • Justin (.

    Damn, this looks interesting. Hope I won't get lost if I actually go.

    April 9, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      well then find someone to meet up with it help if you travel in a group

      April 11, 2013

  • Swerve

    how much is it to get in?

    April 10, 2013

  • Ben B.

    Well, I won't be in cosplay, but I will be there. Lovin' the last minute schedule change that lets me go

    April 10, 2013

  • Twîlight S.

    Anybody going in pony cosplay this year?

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Stripes

      Wish I could.

      April 9, 2013

    • Johnathan I. T.

      If I wasn't a broke college student I would lol. But I'll be repping Rainbow Dash this time around!

      April 9, 2013

  • Stripes

    My guests decided to do other things. Oh well!

    April 9, 2013

  • Donnie

    Yeahh...I guess...I don't know, I'll see...

    April 9, 2013

  • Timothy H.

    Would love to go! Just need to get some caffeine. I am leaving a night watch schedule.

    April 9, 2013

  • TruckerPony

    you can buy ticket at the event right.

    April 8, 2013

    • Bill C

      You can buy it at the event. The only advantage of buying online is a shorter line to get in.

      April 9, 2013

  • Steph (.

    so how does this meetup work? 'cause when I explore I usually charge ahead and probably won't stick to any sort of group much... And I wanna explore...... º__º

    April 5, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      meet at metro then enter and explore at your pace. that's what I will have to do since I will walk slower than most

      April 8, 2013

    • Twîlight S.

      I'll wander if the group ends up boring me or if everyone goes their separate ways, but I'm planning on sticking with people

      April 8, 2013

  • Ori W.

    I'll be parking and metro-ing in from Van Dorn Street. Anyone going to that metro stop wanna group up and go together? There will be two of us -- one of us will be very rainbow dashing

    April 8, 2013

  • Robert P.

    Shall we meet in front of the Federal Triangle metro stop before we get jumbled in the crowd?

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • BFV

      One of our co-organizers found us at this event last year. All kinds of people come out to these, so you never know!

      April 7, 2013

    • TruckerPony

      hopefully my cards will be here in time for the event

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn, I can't cosplay this year, left my outfit at home. :(

    April 7, 2013

  • Bill C

    Because I'm slightly mad (as in 'a hatter', not 'Grr smash!') I might be bringing some snack type stuff. Most likely it will be onigiri (rice balls, possibly with a stuffing), melon pan (bread with a cookie crust that's designed to look like a melon), and/or anpan (bread with red bean paste).

    April 7, 2013

  • John f.

    going try to make this and i will be cosplaying as well not sure if i should bring my bass canon or not but i will figure it out

    April 6, 2013

  • MadOcean (Karl L.

    All already

    April 6, 2013

  • Tim "DJ H.

    Gonna come from shady grove metro.

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Robert P.

    Yay! i can go!!! needz moar people

    April 4, 2013

  • Prism

    I'm definitely willing, as long as I can get transportation....
    It's a reoccurring obstacle for me....

    April 3, 2013

  • Stargazer

    Hope I can make it this year, it'd be a fun thing to attend right after my Birthday heh. =)

    April 3, 2013

  • Ben B.

    I'm not sure I'll be able to make this, I'll have to see what my work schedule looks like

    April 2, 2013

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