Participated in the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

On April 13, Ashinaga USA brought its outreach to the streets of Washington, D.C., where it participated in the annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. This marked the third consecutive year that Ashinaga USA has raised awareness about its programs at Sakura Matsuri, which is the culminating event of America’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Ashinaga joined fellow exhibitors in celebrating springtime and Japanese culture on Pennsylvania Avenue, the capital’s “Avenue of the Presidents,” just a short walk from the Tidal Basin where the famed Yoshino cherry trees, a gift from Japan to America more than a century ago, were in spectacular bloom. Two scholars from the Ashinaga Africa Initiative – Eleazer Afotey from Ghana, who is studying computer science at the University of Richmond, and Alex Wagikuyu from Kenya, who is studying political science at Clark University – joined staff members in answering visitors’ questions and offering them four varieties of tea, each from a different region of Japan.

The all-day Festival was a resounding success, with a huge turnout and many attendees stopping by the Ashinaga tent to learn about the organization and its programs. Ashinaga USA expresses its gratitude to The Japan-America Society of Washington, organizers of the Festival, for the opportunity to participate in this important educational event.