Family Day: Japanese Fashion

Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT
A young male dancer sits on the floor holding a large drum

Photo by William Atkins/the George Washington University.

Celebrate cherry-blossom season at the museum with a family day featuring Japanese kimono, “happi” coats and crafts for all ages. Performances of traditional Okinawan dance will showcase the colorful costume of the islands, and guests can enjoy the beautiful melodies of Japan’s national instrument, the “koto.” Design your own kimono bookmark, make a cherry blossom pendant or join us for a family-friendly tour of the galleries, including Japanese textiles on display in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat

This program is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is supported by The Textile Museum Education Fund.


11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Koto (instrumental music)
2 p.m. Traditional Okinawan dance  
3:30 p.m. Eisa (Okinawan drum dance)  

Gallery Tours

11:45 a.m. Japanese textiles in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat 
2:45 p.m. Japanese textiles in Irresistible: The Global Patterns of Ikat 


Design a kimono bookmark  
Make a cherry blossom pendant 
Play traditional Japanese games (“kendama” and “Daruma Otoshi”) 
Take a selfie in happi and “yukata” garments 
Go on a scavenger hunt through the galleries  

How to Participate

This event is free; no registration required. Stop by the museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to join the festivities.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum 701 21st Street, NW Washington DC 20052

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