Hi ho everyone . . . wait that's Kermit. FYI, if you live near enough to Washington to come visit, the 54th annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese cultural festival will be in DC this Saturday, April 12. Japanese food, generic Asian food, a parade, cultural demonstrations and MA demonstrations will all take place. Entry fee is $10 i think. My dojo will be putting on one of the MA demonstrations and I may even get to do demonstrate a technique or two (excited, nervous, why did I eat that butterfly). The festival coincides nicely with peak cherry blossom bloom on the Tidal Basin this year and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. See you there.