MASTER OF CEREMONIES: The Festival, through the eyes of the Parade’s voice

Since the early 1970s, George Yamasaki Jr. has been the voice of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. As emcee, Yamasaki narrates the Parade action as it runs its course — and has had plenty of experience thinking on his feet as floats stall or the order of participants changes without notice. Yamasaki, who […]

YONSEI RAPPERS ON A HIP-HOP JOURNEY: ScoJourners claim their history and connect across borders through rap

It’s not easy being independent these days. All the harder if you are a group of hip-hop artists committed to musical integrity in an era of the corporatized, cookie-cutter music. Even tougher when you are Asian Americans, meaning you don’t exactly fit the mold of the generic rapper. But galvanized by a love for the […]

Candidates for 2011 NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program announced

The five women participating in the 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) Queen Program greeted media and community members for the first time as Queen candidates in San Francisco’s Japantown on March 12. Tamiko Escalante, Richelle Chiemi Farley, Jeddie Narumi Kawahatsu, Lauren Sachi Kawawaki and Kaori Saito introduced themselves and revealed what they will […]

Candidates Announced for Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program

Five young Japanese American women were introduced March 13 as candidates for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Queen Program. The event, a highlight of the 43rd annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held on Saturday, April 10, at 6 p.m., (5 p.m. doors) at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown. […]

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