Sights from the 2012 Washington DC Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

This past Saturday, the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival took place along the intersection of 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. Although it seemed slightly smaller this year and you had to pay $5 for admission (implemented in recent years,) the beautiful weather had Washingtonian families out in full force. I had a great time witnessing all the action and catching up with some friends. We saw:

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies in lovely traditional kimonos…

 

Cherry Blossom Street Festival 2012

Performers on their way to one of the multiple outdoor stages…

 

Lots of merchandise in the Ginza Marketplace section of the festival, like crafts and anime toys…

 

even plushie hearts and guts!…

 

Local restaurateurs operated food stands for the hungry hoards. Fried noodles and grilled squid make for great street food…

 

…as do pork buns and seaweed rice balls (onigiri.)

 

Temperatures peaked at 21C/70F that day, but it didn’t stop Japanese culture fans from dressing up in kimonos…

 

…and lots of cosplay characters. If you didn’t dress up, there were lots of chances to take a picture with those who did.

 

I think I might dress up next year.

Click to see more pictures of Sakura Matsuri on Flickr.

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