28th National Japan Bowl

28th National Japan Bowl

The National Japan Bowl is a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students. Come observe students from across the country test their knowledge in this fun quiz competition!

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Sculpture Session

Sculpture Session

Discover the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden with a chance of seeing Cherry Blossoms! Click here for details.

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2020 Official Artist Poster Signing at Macy’s Metro Center

2020 Official Artist Poster Signing at Macy's Metro Center

Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival at Macy’s Metro Center! Join us for a chance to meet the official artist of the Festival, Matt Long. The first 100 costumers to make a $35 purchase will get a signed copy of the poster and will get to meet and snap a photo with Matt!

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Tokyo Evolution

Japan Information and Culture Center: Tokyo Evolution

This exhibition focuses on how Tokyo has evolved/been transformed from ‘64 to ’20 in between two Olympic games.

With models, photos, and written information, the audience is guided through a journey of Tokyo’s extraordinary transformation from having to prove Tokyo as a part of the modern international community to blazing a trail for the world’s cities.

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Beyond the Studio Workshop with official National Cherry Blossom Festival artist Matt Long

Beyond the Studio Workshop with official National Cherry Blossom Festival artist Matt Long

Hear from professionals that work in the arts, then sharpen your own creative skills with a hands-on activity related to the speaker’s own expertise. Celebrate the Cherry Blossom season with a screen printing and ink demo workshop with Matt Long, the 2020 official artist of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

This program is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Japanese Culture Day

Japanese Culture Day

The Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) will provide Japan-In-A-Suitcase, a program that introduces Japan and its culture. The National Conference of States Societies (NCSS) will bring cherry blossom princesses to make tiaras with children. Coinciding with the Olympics in Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Takemori from DC Yamato-juku Club will demonstrate Karate with his students. Karate will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in 2020. He also plans to teach Kata to the audience, the solo form of the discipline; no violent movement is involved. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States —and extensive materials from around the world —both on-site and online. Japan-In-A-Suitcase will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by Karate demonstration by Tsuyoshi Takemori. Takemori will be on-site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to answer Q&A. Thomas Jefferson Building is one block from Capitol South Metro station. No parking on site is available.

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Crossroads of Japanese Music: Yumi Kurosawa and Friends- Lecture Demonstration

Crossroads of Japanese Music: Yumi Kurosawa and Friends- Lecture Demonstration

Explore parallels between Japanese music and the art of Tessai in this informal lecture-demonstration featuring koto virtuoso Yumi Kurosawa. Click here for details.

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Crossroads of Japanese Music: Yumi Kurosawa and Friends

Crossroads of Japanese Music: Yumi Kurosawa and Friends

Koto virtuoso Yumi Kurosawa performs music from Japan and China, in addition to original pieces composed for this occasion, with violinist Emil Israel Chudnovsky and Chinese flute (dizi) virtuoso Yimin Miao. Click here for details.

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Cherry Blossom Night at D.C. United

Cherry Blossom Night at D.C. United

D.C. United will be taking on a home match against New York City FC with Cherry Blossom themed activations, activities, and celebrations. Come out to support local DC sports and be a part of the festival!

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Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

Lee Ufan: Open Dimensions

This exhibition could not be any boulder. For the first time in the Hirshhorn’s history, its outdoor Plaza will be transformed by a singular artist.

Lee Ufan: Open Dimensions an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist’s signature and continuing Relatumseries, marks Lee Ufan’s largest single outdoor sculpture projectin the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation’s capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn’s 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist. Each of Lee’s sculptures responds to the Museum’s unique architecture and continues his practice of placing contrasting materials, such as stainless-steelplates and boulders, in dialogue with each other to heighten awareness of the world, in his words, “exactly as it is.”

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Edo Avant-Garde

SMITHSONIAN FREER SACKLER: EDO AVANT GARDE

Discover the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the modern art movement in the West in this documentary film, with director Linda Hoagland in person. Click here for details.

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

Cherry Blossom Celebration

A special weekend event for all ages alongside the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall. Click here for details.

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Living Flowers: Ikebana Demonstration

Living Flowers: Ikebana Demonstration

Enjoy a rare opportunity to enter the world of Japanese living art with Naohiro Kasuya, the iemoto (headmaster) of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Click here for details.

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Monthly Matinee: Japanese Classics- Early Spring

Living Flowers: Ikebana Demonstration

Master director Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) examines life in postwar Japan through the eyes of a discontented young salaryman. Click here for details.

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Hokusai Up Close: Paintings from the Freer Gallery of Art

Hokusai Up Close: Paintings from the Freer Gallery of Art

Japan’s NHK television network recently filmed Hokusai’s paintings with a high-definition video camera. See this Japanese master’s works as never before! Click here for details.

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