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 […]

Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating 50 years and embracing the future

San Francisco’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary with organizers hoping to present a celebration of Japanese culture that is bigger than ever. This year, the two weekend-long event will host a 50th anniversary gala, more than 200 guests from Japan and expanded entertainment, including a scavenger hunt. Richard Hashimoto, who previously […]

ORIGAMI, THE ART: Supporting the community and embracing a wider audience

Since the first Festival, the Mihara family — owners of Paper Tree, a paper specialty store — have offered free origami instruction as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. The Mihara sisters, Linda and Vicky, have fond memories of teaching children to fold paper at the Festival — starting when they were kids […]

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