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March 20 - April 15, 2018

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National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DCSignature Event

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade presented by Events DC

Enjoy this long-standing Washington tradition featuring lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and family entertainment.

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Blossom Kite FestivalSignature Event

Blossom Kite Festival

Join us on Saturday, April 1 for the Blossom Kite Festival featuring all day free family fun.

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Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Courtyard

Cherry BlossOM Yoga in the Courtyard

Join Smithsonian American Art Museum, Brightest Young Things and National Cherry Blossom Festival for free yogo in the Kogod Courtyard.

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Classical Piano Recital by Rachel Kudo

Classical Piano Recital by Rachel Kudo

Japanese-American pianist Rachel Kudo will share her passion in a richly varied program of classical masterpieces.

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Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance

Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance

A traditional Japanese form of comic theater, marks the opening of the landmark exhibition Inventing Utamaro. Actor Katsura Sunshine will bring a masterwork by the 18th century artist Kitagawa Utamaro to life, revealing its hidden stories.

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Inventing Utamaro: A Conversation with the Curators

Inventing Utamaro: A Conversation with the Curators

Gain insight into the work of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro through a public conversation with James Ulak and Julie Nelson Davis, curators of the exhibition Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered.

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Inventing Utamaro After Hours Preview – Cancelled

Inventing Utamaro After Hours Preview – Cancelled

Get up close and personal with the Newseum’s most popular exhibits while enjoying open beer and wine bars, food, curator-led gallery talks, exclusive activities and entertainment and so much more.

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Film Screening: Yojimbo

Film Screening: Yojimbo

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

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Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Academy award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world.

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An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

A joint presentation of the Freer, The Japan information and Culture Center (Embassy of Japan) and the Japan Foundation.

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