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Festival Organizers Request Support For Relief Efforts In Japan

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Festival organizers are asking for donations ahead of the popular event that honors U.S.-Japanese relations.

A festival spokeswoman says they are working on plans to recognize the tsunami tragedy during the festival, which runs March 26 to April 10. Organizers say they don't expect to have to replace any performers traveling from Japan.

The popular Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival on April 9 is bringing about 50 people from the Tokyo region to perform in Washington.

The president of the Japan-America Society of Washington, which stages the street festival, says the group will ask for donations for relief efforts during the event.

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