Nicole Tachiki named 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

San Francisco’s 51st annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2018 queen April 14 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU-TV reporter Jana Katsuyama and KGO-TV reporter David Louie, had Lauren Kieva Matsuno, Rachel Mika Kawawaki, Maya Hernandez, Nicole Tachiki and Emiri Sakurai vying for […]

Cherry Blossom Alumnae’s conference considers incarceration and its legacy

On Oct. 3, the Cherry Blossom Alumnae (CBA) held its third annual CBA Conference at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. Panelists representing four generations of Japanese Americans came together to discuss the theme, “Internment’s Impact on Generations of Japanese Americans.” Nikkei actor Tamlyn Tomita and filmmaker, actor and performance artist Lane Nishikawa served […]

Arisa Hiroi, 19, Crowned Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

Impressing judges with her poise and intellect despite being the youngest candidate, Arisa Hiroi was chosen as the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen at age 19, the youngest in many years to take the prize. The San Francisco native was crowned at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on April 10, after a program of speeches […]

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