Pictures from the Washington Cherry Blossom Street Festival
Here are some pictures to give a feel for the kinds of things that went on at the annual Washington DC Cherry Blossom Street Festival (a “sakura matsuri”, “æ¡œç¥ã‚Š” in Japanese).
Â This year’s matsuri was in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from the people of Japan to the people of the US, in 1912. Â This year the DC and Federal governments went all out, this festival was larger than any I’ve been to, and very well organized. Â There were cosplayers (people dressed in costumes of their favorite anime Â or video game characters), many people in traditional kimono or other dress, and many musical acts, especially the taiko drummers.
Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting my camera to take good pictures, and so this collection is the best of the shoot. Â I know why they call it a “shoot” now, since that’s all I was saying as I was looking at the pictures. Â Or at least, it was kind of like “shoot”…
At any rate, here are the pictures, enjoy!