NorCal Cherry Blossom Festival Program announces 2021 candidates

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program announced its 2021 candidates — Akiko Jacqueline Bates, Ashlyn Sumiko Hom and Kelly Noelani Eshima. Akiko Jacqueline Bates Akiko Jacqueline Bates, 24, is from Honolulu. Her hobbies include singing, fashion and running. Bates is an assistant account manager at Hatch, a branding company. Bates holds a bachelor’s degree […]

S.F.’s Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates address JA identity

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2019 queen candidates during its annual preview March 10 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, a highlight of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place April 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: Nami Katie […]

Ato, who donated more than $1 mil. in kimono to festival, dies

TOKYO — Seishichi Ato, former president and senior advisor of Fujiyasu Kimono Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, passed away on Feb. 26 of gallbladder cancer according to Benh Nakajo, chair of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program. He was 92. Ato, who wished to express gratitude to the Japanese American community for sending postwar […]

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