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Performers demonstrate Japanese martial during the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Performers demonstrate Japanese martial during the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — The annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is opening on Pennsylvania Avenue for the last weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Japan-America Society of Washington is hosting the 53rd annual festival on Saturday. It runs until 6 p.m. and features food, arts, performances and martial arts demonstrations. Admission is $5 for people 13 and older.

This year’s festival will also features 20 Japanese exchange students who were affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. They will be speaking about Japan’s recovery and their personal experiences.

The students are in Washington through May as part of a cultural exchange. They came to the U.S. to receive English language training, to complete internships and to talk about Japan’s recovery.

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