Washington, DC came together on Saturday, April 16th to celebrate the conclusion of the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japan-America Society of Washington DC's Sakura Matsuri. USJC hosted a TOMODACHI Initiative tent where festival attendees had the opportunity to hear about both organizations and participate in different activities. Volunteers, which included many USJC members and TOMODACHI alumni, taught festival attendees to write the first kanji in “tomodachi” and gave Japan-themed temporary tattoos.
You can view photos from the festival here.
USJC Council Leader Edson Mori assists an attendee as she writes "tomo" in kanji.
USJC offers special thanks to Council Leaders Rima Matsumoto, Edson Mori, Priscilla Ouchida and Margaret Cummisky, Friend of the Council Tim White, and Associates Rei Tsuchiya and Georgette Furukawa-Martinez for volunteering their time. Thank you also to the many TOMODACHI alumni who came out to share their experiences, Jarid Shields, Dusan Muray-Rawlings, Sierra Queen, Benjamin Peoples, and Jatalia Wilson.