Kick-off the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime to Washington, DC and celebrate the 105th anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan to the United States.
The Festival heralds a natural treasure that unites our city, region, nation, and the world. The trees – both in Japan and the U.S. – have always symbolized rebirth and renewal. Enjoy spirited traditional and contemporary performances in the historic Warner Theatre as we celebrate the season through a showcase of fantastic American and Japanese talent.
The Opening Ceremony is free and open to the public, however tickets are required with a $5 processing fee. Tickets will be available to claim beginning at 12 PM on Thursday, January 25.*
*UPDATE — Tickets for this event are now sold out. We will be live streaming the Opening Ceremony on Facebook, so those who could not obtain a ticket can still enjoy the show!
Walk-ins will be accepted at 5:00 PM on the day of the event if space is available due to no-shows – though there are no guarantees.
— 2018 Opening Ceremony performers include:
T.M.R. (T.M.Revolution): Takanori Nishikawa made his debut under his stage name T.M.Revolution (T.M.R.) in May 1996 with his single “Dokusai –monopolize-”. Since then, he has established a reputation as a singer with ear-catching tunes, perfect stage-setting and intriguing live performances. Many of his singles have been featured as theme songs for major animations and games including “Mobile Suit Gundam”, and “Sengoku BASARA”.
Akiko Yano: To date, Akiko has released 27 original albums. In 2008, her original album akiko was recorded in Los Angeles, California and produced by Grammy-Award winning producer T Bone Burnett.
The 6821 Quintet: Created by The Ryuji Ueno Foundation as part of the Potomac Music-Lab Project, this classical ensemble was specially assembled for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and named to reflect the distance from Tokyo to Washington, D.C.
Shodo Girls (Fukuoka Prefectural Yahata Chuo High School): During Shodo performances, whether on stage or at a street corner, a work of calligraphy is completed vibrantly while dancing to music. “Shodo Performance Koshien” is a competition to determine the top high school Shodo performance team in Japan. In this competition, each team produces a single piece of work with the dynamic strokes on a large sheet of paper.
Miyako Taiko: Miyako Taiko (pronounced “mee-YAH-koh TIE-koh”) is a Japanese drumming group based in the Washington DC area and part of the Mark H Taiko School.