Participating Organization: Library of Congress to Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival

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Public Contact: Mari Nakahara, mnak@loc.gov

Library of Congress to Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival
Explore Japanese Culture with Experts from the Library on April 1

The Library of Congress will host its annual Japanese Culture Day in celebration of the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.

Japanese Culture Day will take place at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring family activities, including Japanese harp performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts from Japan. The event is free and open to the public. Time entry reservations are required at: https://loc.usedirect.com/LOC

Japanese Culture Day
April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Great Hall Mezzanine, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, Washington, D.C.

Children of all ages, families and teachers can learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals during the Library’s Japanese Culture Day. Collection items related to cherry blossoms and Japanese culture will also be on display.

Japanese Harp Presentation
Presentations will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Japanese Storytelling
Storytelling will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Other activities include:

  • Hands-on lessons about origami artwork creation
  • Japanese calligraphy
  • Decorative Koinobori and Japanese woodblock print coloring
  • Tiara making with cherry blossom princesses
  • Kimono trial


About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. The 2023 Festival, March 20-April 16, includes four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Leadership Circle Sponsors for the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival are Events DC and Amazon. Add the 2023 Festival dates and signature event dates to your calendar, and visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information. Get the latest updates via email, and be sure to follow the Festival on Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest) and YouTube (@CherryBlossFest).

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