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National Sakura Matsuri- National Freedom Walk

14th Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk 2012
National Japanese American Memorial
D Street & New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Date(s): Saturday March 30, 2013
Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Greenbelt Metro 8am (inside ticket area)
White Marsh Park and Ride 7am (turn into park and ride and head to right side of lot)
How to find us

Cost: FREE
Donation for the goodie bag: $15/adults; $5/children (12 and under)
Contributions help with upkeep of the memorial.
While it is not necessary to pre-register with NJAMF for this event, pre-registrations are appreciated. It lets them know how many people will be attending and helps them to plan accordingly. It also allows them to provide you with up-to-minute announcements. Those who pre-register will receive a special thank-you gift at the event.
ALL registration donations benefit the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation’s nationwide educational programs. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

You can pre-register to walk, the form is located here

You can Walk with us, or just hang out in DC. The festival is in progress, and there are many things to do and see in addition to the Cherry Blossoms. The Freer/ Sackler galleries have special events, the National Geographic museum has some great exhibits, as well as all the usual stuff in DC.
Don’t forget eating at any of the great restaurants in the District! (Teasim is just around the corner

Celebrate the Japanese American spirit of patriotism and the 11th anniversary of the National Japanese American Memorial. The Freedom Walk is a short, non-competitive walk which honors the sacrifices made-- and the injustices suffered --by Japanese American citizens during World War II and reminds Americans of the importance of upholding civil and constitutional rights, particularly during times of national crisis.

"The wartime internment resonates clearly for all of us living in a post 9/11 world," National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF) Executive Director John Kornacki explained. "Our distinguished speakers will demonstrate why the Japanese American story is fundamentally an American story.”

A More Perfect Union was on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The exhibit is now online:

The 4K Walk starts at the memorial at the corner of D Street and New Jersey Avenue, NW. The nearest Metro is Union Station. Cultural entertainment will be performed on stage at about 11:15 am and will include Japanese Taiko drummers, Japanese Folk Dancing and other musical performances. This event accommodates all walkers, runners, children, wheelchairs, and strollers.

(Stop by the memorial and you will even see a quote inscribed on the wall by my uncle. One of the decorated WWII soldiers, a former congressman, and a former senator from the great state of Hawaii.)

Getting There:
MAP of area:
Rail: Union Station (Red Line)
Bus: N[masked] D1 D3 D6
Use the Metro Trip Planner -- -- with (D St. NW & New Jersay Ave. NW) as your destination

Circulator: Union Station stop on the Georgetown-Union Station Route
To view Circulator Route Maps visit

Parking: The closest parking lot to this location is located at:
Central Parking
440 1st St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Taxi: As of June 1, 2008, District of Columbia taxis are required to use time and distance based meters. For more information, please go to

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  • Howard H.

    I'll be going on the Freedom Walk on 6 April.

    March 25, 2013

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