～Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom with AKB48 ~
Washington D.C. will once again play host to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration of the arrival of spring in the nation’s capital.
The celebration takes place between March 20 thru April 27 and has been celebrated every year since Japan gifted the cherry blossom trees to the United States 100 years ago. The festival includes art exhibitions, Japanese dance and craft parades and cruises on April 14 at the National Park. There are additional events which also coincide with the festival including bike tours and concerts. There will be many opportunities to enjoy activities which highlight Japanese culture and the celebration of the cherry blossom season.
It has also been reported that popular Japanese group “AKB48” will be performing at the National Cherry Blossom Festival! AKB48 will perform on March 27 with their 16 member group including Takahashi Minami and Miyazawa Sae. They will be performing popular songs that celebrate Cherry Blossom. Japan’s Ambassador to the US Ichiro Fujisaki has said that Japan wanted to use the cherry blossom centennial to show that we are recovering from this huge disaster (2011 Tsunami) and, second, to show how much the Japanese are grateful for the US assistance that has been received in the wake of the disaster.
The 16 AKB48 members that are scheduled to appear include:
- Team A: Asuka Kuramochi, Aki Takajō, Minami Takahashi
- Team K: Ayaka Umeda, Reina Fujie, Sakiko Matsui, Minami Minegishi, Sae Miyazawa
- Team B: Shihori Suzuki
- Team 4: Maria Abe, Miori Ichikawa, Anna Iriyama
- Research students/trainee members: Rina Kawaei, Natsuki Kojima, Juri Takahashi, Rina Hirata
The event will be free of charge and tickets are available on www.eventbrite.com. AKB48 will also be visiting the Thomson Elementary School. Don’t miss it!
Thinking of a trip to Washington, D.C.? Check out our online www.d-travel.co. For more details on the event, check out the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.
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