The 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing now and Japan-related events continue to blossom across Washington DC. Ambassador Sasae and Mrs. Sasae welcomed Ivanka Trump to the Residence for a celebration of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival and Japan-US friendship.
イバンカさんとそのご家族、Junior Cherry Blossom Princessは日本の文化に触れられたそうです。Pikachu(ピカチュウ）もすっかり日本文化の一部みたいですね。
Highlights from the event included a special video message from PIKACYU and an activities room where Ivanka Trump’s children and Junior Cherry Blossom Princess could enjoy uniquely Japanese toys like origami, Pokémon, and the therapeutic robot seal, PARO. Cherry Blossom Princesses from Japan and across the 50 United States also joined in the festivities.
佐々江大使はこの期間中にthe Co-Chairs of the US Japan Caucus, Congressman Dave Reichert & Congressman Joaquin Castroに会いさらなる日本とアメリカの文化交流の発展を誓ったそうです。
The Cherry Blossom season is not only a time to celebrate the gift of cherry trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, but also an opportunity to celebrate the growth of Japan-US legislative ties. On Capitol Hill, during the Peak Bloom of the cherry blossoms Ambassador Sasae and the Co-Chairs of the US Japan Caucus, Congressman Dave Reichert & Congressman Joaquin Castro hailed the growing Caucus and the frequent legislative exchange visits crossing the Pacific. Ambassador Sasae also acknowledged the efforts of former Cherry Blossom Princess who are now working on Capitol Hill for their continued efforts to strengthen Japan-US friendship.
Cherry Blossom PrincessはDCにある日本文化会館を訪れ日本の文化に触れたそうです。
The current Cherry Blossom Princess are busy deepening their knowledge about the Japan-US relationship. The Princesses visited the Japan Information & Culture Center to see the new exhibition “Meet Netsuke! Story Tellers of Japan” and sit in on a special seminar on Japanese culture. Netsuke are finely crafted miniature sculptures, fashion items of the Edo Era and about 130 are on display at the JICC from 9am-5pm, weekdays, now until May 15th. Admission is free, and walk-ins are welcome, so if you are in the DC area, please check it out.
This year’s Cherry Blossom Festival has already had many exciting events. Ambassador Sasae and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Japanese and American cultural performers and an energized crowd for the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony at the Warner Theatre! However, the Cherry Blossom Festival, hailed as the largest celebration of Japan-US friendship by Ambassador Sasae, is far from finished! Check out these upcoming events:
• National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 8th)
• Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival (April 8th)
• Blossoms and Baseball (April 11th)
• Meet Netsuke! Story Tellers of Japan Exhibition at JICC (now – May 15th)
• The Blues Alley Japanese Jazz Series (April 15th – 20th)