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Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri is a Japanese cultural festival held in Washington DC every when the cherry blossoms are blooming. There are exhibits, food, entertainment, the works. It's quite fun.

Given Mother Nature's [rainy, windy] mood lately, there may not be as many of the actual cherry blossoms to take in though :-(

Note that there is a $5 charge to get in this year. Details on the festival can be found here.

If you want to meet at the station at noon, the best way to get into Washington on a day like this is to park at a metro station and ride in.

As Daryl will no longer be able to host this event details for meeting in transit have changed. I'll be leaving from the Orange line's New Carollton station no later than 11:30am, traveling directly to Federal Triangle station and walking up to the 12th St. entrance to the festival. If you'd like to catch me in transit, just give me a call at[masked]-9097. For ease of access you can purchase your festival ticket online HERE using a credit/debit card. They'll be accepting cash only for day-of ticket purchases made at the gate. To plan out your Metro ride use the travel planner at www.wmata.com or Google. Meeting at the entrance to the festivities will be a challenge, and I'm not sure what to expect as this is the first year things will be restricted to paid entrants so I will attempt to meet you guys at the post office directly across from the Federal Triangle station up until ~12:15pm. Otherwise call/text when you arrive if you'd like to meet up.

If you're coming in from Shady Grove, you'll arrive at around the same time as the rest of us if you board at 11:23.

For those of you coming from Baltimore, Amtrak is an option. If you board Train #153 at Penn Station at 10:43, you'll arrive at Union Central in Washington at 11:30 Those of us already on Metro and transferring will be coming out of Metro Central around 11:54.

We don't have to travel as a group the entire time especially some people are bringing friends and/or family. Feel free to just pop up and say hello and enjoy the festival in your time. Any other questions/concerns feel free to discuss below or shot the host a message. :o)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome I had a great time!

    April 13, 2011

  • Rudie

    Despite the chill and cost there was still a large turnout for the festival. Lots of interesting little shows, tents, and items for purchase. I gave it a lower rating for my own inability to navigate the crowds efficiently enough to meet up with everyone at once, lol.

    April 11, 2011

  • Marcella K.

    I don't have a credit card, so I'll have to pay at the gate sadly.

    April 8, 2011

  • Rudie

    Has anyone purchased a ticket yet? Possibly stupid follow-up question: Did you have to print it? I don't have a printer so I may be getting a ticket at the gate?

    Is anyone else actually reading this?

    April 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    And I just saw it on the main site for the festival: It will go forth, regardless of the shutdown. So we're good to go! Well, except me, barring an early release from work tomorrow. :p

    April 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    "While organizers are ?realistic? about the likelihood that the parade will go as planned, they point out that many other events that are part of the two-week-long Cherry Blossom celebration ? including a Japanese street festival and a free public concert ? will not be affected by a shutdown at all." The parade may be no go (that link suggests they're trying to keep it going, just they're not sure), but the street festival is, apparently, not affected by the shutdown.

    April 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I *might* be able to come late. If that's the case, I'll give you a call and see if you still need a ride.

    April 8, 2011

  • Marcella K.

    I never took the metro to DC, so I have no idea where it is and I don't have a ride.

    April 5, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    See extensive details above. ;)

    March 28, 2011

  • Rudie

    I didn't meet up with anyone last year so I have no clue. The place is generally mobbed everywhere. Maybe we can find a spot near the (national) mall or meetup at a metro station and travel down together?

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, I've got the day off confirmed. Where did you guys meet last year? I've only been to this thing once before, so I'm not entirely sure what would be a good spot, both in terms of easily recognizable centrality and the absence of five-hundred other people also trying to use that spot. And then there's also the fact that they moved the site... which I guess means our memories of previous events don't help.

    Hmm... I may have to go down there to get the lay of the land...

    March 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would anybody else be prepared to take on the role of additional organizer for this event? Basically, it just means you'd have to be there on time. I just found out yesterday that my request to have that day off hasn't really been processed yet, and I haven't had a chance to talk to my boss about it yet.

    March 23, 2011

  • Rudie

    Of the films playing that day I think I'd like to catch "The Place Promised in Our Early Days", but this isn't until 4:30pm. The cosplay contest and the Arts of Japan tour also look interesting. I'll post a discussion to see anyone else is interested.

    March 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The anime festival and the Japanese street fair are two different events. This one is for the street fair. If you guys want to make an event for the anime festival (makes a lot of sense, actually), feel free to do so, but as I can't guarantee punctual attendance that day, I cannot be the host.

    March 13, 2011

  • Alexander M.

    March 13, 2011

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