Category Archives: Sakura Matsuri

Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival 2017

Great Falls ES has been chosen to perform a number of songs at the Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival on the Sakura Stage on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 12:45pm-1:15pm.  Interested students are asked to sign up HERE as soon as possible.


  • Festival Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Festival Place:  The Yards/Capitol Riverfront, on the Corner of M St. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE (Metro:  Navy Yard-Ballpark Green line
  • Performance Time:  12:45pm-1:15pm
  • Tickets:  Performing students will get free entry. Children 12 & under are free; Adults are $10 (To pre-purchase tickets online, Click HERE)
  • Check in with a teacher or JCC volunteer at 12:00pm by the Sakura Stage
  • Happi Coats will be handed out to each performing student at the Sakura Stage

Sakura Matsuri is a great opportunity to enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan. It is the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the Washington DC area, with 4 performance stages and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Children’s Corner. We encourage everyone to attend.

For more information, ask your JIP teacher or email the JCC at



Busy Spring 2016

The GFES JIP kids were VERY busy this Spring.  If you were enjoying some of the festivities that are associated with peaking of Washington’s Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) you may have heard their wonderful singing voices off in the distance…

On April 2, 2016 GFES students from 1st-6th grades performed Japanese songs at the Willard Hotel.  During that performance, students from all six grades sang 365日の紙飛行機 (365 days, paper airplane), the theme song to a popular Japanese TV series.

On April 16, 2016 1st and 2nd grade GFES JIP students performed at the US-Japan Foundation-sponsored Japanese Street Festival.  Students sang three songs in Japanese.