A few days ago I managed to make a quick visit to the Sakura Matsuri being held at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. The highlight of the afternoon though was getting to see the North American theatrical premier of Kimi no Na wa. Overall it was a pretty good day.
The Sakura Matsuri was held once again in the common area of the D.C. Navy Yard. With booths lining the walkway and parking lot, the crowd was full of otaku and normal people visiting the various vendors and organizations. I ran into Collectors Anime, an anime store who I’ve more or less come to all the time in conventions and events. After catching up with their staff, made my way down to the Martial Arts stage and saw a quick demonstration of a staff versus a sword. After that, I spent most of my time with the Virginia Kyudo Renmei. The wind at this time was quite high, and the tarp had to be removed so part of their motions was modified since they couldn’t kneel to notch the arrows. A gentleman stayed by our growing gaggle of attendees as the three archers took their shots.
At this point, two people in Samurai armor came up. Staff from the vendor Ohio Kimono, they had special ordered their armor from Iron Mountain Armory. The one in red had his made from 12 and 14 gauge steel, while the one in gold had his done in 18 gauge. Both weighed approximately 60 pounds, and they got permission by the kyudo group to pose with one of the authentic bows.
After this, with my time running down, I buggered off to the food stalls to get something to eat. While not exactly Japanese, I came away with a food container full of Thai Iced Tea and a chicken kebab with fried rice. This filled me up until later. While waiting, there was a sort of sword fight kind of performance in the nearby stage, which also explained why the line was longer than usual, since it was a line feeding to three food vendors due to the crowd around the stage.
Before I left, I did one last look at the Ohio Kimono booth, and really, those guys in the armor was damn popular, posing with attendees and sometimes doing something funny with them.
After getting back from D.C., I met up with my sister to watch Kimi no Na wa at the Angelika Mosiac theatres. A quick meal beforehand and my sister grabbing some candy at the nearby Target and we went in to watch.
It was just as magical as I remembered it from my flight, and better since I wasn’t watching it on a small seat-back screen on a 777 or a 787. My sister did fall asleep, but that seems to be the norm for both her and my mom, but was up for most of it.
And that was just a quick thought of what I did the past weekend. Other things prevented me from really writing this the day after. Hopefully I’ll get a Three Episode Rule for this season by next week with the shows I plan to be watching. Oh, and the only picture of cosplayers I took at the festival: