By Jill A. Norris
I’m On A Boat
What: Boat Tour Along The Blossoms And Monuments
Date: March 17
Location: The Fish Market – 1100 Maine Avenue, SW
Cost: $22 per adult and $16 per child aged 4-12
WL’s Take: DC Cruises has been offering boat tours for the past six years. The tour offers a new perspective to the famous cherry blossoms and monuments that will be seen during the ride. For more information, visit DC Cruises’ official website.
Let’s Go Fly A Kite
What: Blossom Kite Festival
Date: March 31
Location: Washington Monument grounds – Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW
WL’s Take: This year’s second annual Blossom Kite Festival will feature creative kite makers and masters from around the world that will compete against each other to demonstrate their high-flying skills. Bring your own and join in on the fun or make one with your kids at the activity station on the public field.
WL’s Take: This tea ceremony is a 400 year old Japanese artistic tradition. Located at the Japanese Embassy, members of Omote Senke Domon Kai demonstrate the traditional Japanese custom. Click here for more details.
Experience The Two S’s of Japan
What: Sushi And Sake Tasting Cruises
Date: March 30-April 6
Location: Virginia’s Jewel – 1300 Maine Avenue, SW
WL’s Take: Experience not only a boat tour of Washington’s memorials, but Japanese cuisine as well. This 2 1/2 hour cruise is well worth the splurge as you will get the chance to taste sake and sushi. Click here for tickets.
Buy A Kimono
WL’s Take: This the the perfect event for fashionistas and collectors! This event will be one of the largest kimono sales events ever held, and will offer over 1,000 kimonos, Japanese cotton yukatas and accessories. It will also include kimono jewelry and hair clips, bags and small kimono animals. Click here for additional information.
Discover Japanese Culture
What: Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival
Date: April 14
Location: 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Cost: $5 for ages 13+
WL’s Take: This signature event always brings something new to the festival. Not only is it the largest Japanese cultural festival in the United States, but it also features food, arts and culture, merchandise, and live traditional and J-Pop performances as well as various martial arts demonstrations.
Pedal Your Way Around Town
What: Bike Tour Around The Tidal Basin
Date: March 24-April 15
Location: Downtown Dc, Union Station, or Old Alexandria
Cost: $35 per adult, $22 per child. Alexandria tour is $42 per adult and not recommended for children under 12
WL’s Take: Maintain your active lifestyle by participating in a two-hour bike tour. Explore the beauty that our nation’s capital has to offer at the most opportune time of the year. Sightsee from the Potomac Tidal Basin to East Potomac Park and have a front-row look at the pink and white blossoms.
Brighten Up Your Day
What: Lantern Making Family Day
Date: April 21
Location: The Yards Park – 10 Water Street, SE
WL’s Take: It’s never too late to learn something new! Other than lantern-making, this event will offer a parade, and Hapumudo will perform a variety of martial arts. A moonbounce for the kids will also be present as well as Sushi and other Japanese foods and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
Try A Bowl Full Of Cherries
What: Bastille Bistro and Wine Bar
Date: March 20-April 27
Location: 1201 N. Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA
WL’s Take: Chef Christophe and Michelle Poteaux’s cherry themed dinner will surley get you into the cherry blossom spirit. Festive menu items include foe gras terrine with cherry gel and cherry spiced bread and Berkshire pork served with cherry port sauce. Finish off your meal with white chocolate, morello cherry entremets.
Visit In Style
What: Park Hyatt Washington Hotel
Date: March 5- April 29
Location: 1201 24th Street, NW
Cost: Starting at $299
WL’s Take: The Park Hyatt’s Cherry Blossom package offers a room upgrade to a Premier Park Deluxe room, a vintage pot of Cherry Blossom Green Tea, a continental breakfast for two and a backpack for the kids that is filled with a map, healthy snacks, a disposable camera and other fun sightseeing tools that are essential for exploring the city. Purchasing one of these packages will also add to the total donation that the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel will make to the world-famous festival.