This is the Final Weekend for Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco Japantown is on, once again, for 2011.

Here was the setup for Day 3 this AM complete with Honda generators and mad sake. You know, this pretty much looks just like every annual village festival in Japan:

But sadly, once again, my Hello Kitty SmartCar wan’t allowed to roll with all the Japanese iron. Oh well:

Here’s your overview, your sked, and your FAQ.

And the Big Parade comes tomorrow, Sunday, April 17th, 2011

And St. Mary’s Medical Center will conduct free medical screenings at the east end on Post near Laguna, same as usual:

It’s on!

All the deets, after the jump

Schedule of Events

Cherry Blossom Festival Golf Tournament

Participate in annual golf tourney with 144 players including dinner and a raffle.

April  9-10 & 16-17 Cherry Blossom Street Fair

Three-block-long party in Japantown features a Japanese arts and crafts fair, a children’s village, information booths and a food court serving traditional Japanese cuisine along with other Asian and non-Asian dishes.  Two entertainment stages feature traditional Japanese cultural performances and contemporary Asian acts throughout the day.

April 9 Karaoke Kayo Parade Show

Singers from throughout California perform traditional Enka music and contemporary Japanese selections at this popular event, which is held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.

April 9 Cherry Blossom Queen Program

At this gala event, which is held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in Japantown, a young queen is chosen to represent the Northern California Japanese-American community for the coming year at various events in the United States and Japan.

April 15 Friendship Reception Meet and greet the groups from Japan that come to participate perform at this event that  is by invitation only.

April 16 U.S. – Japan Taiko Festival San Francisco’s very own Taiko Dojo joins esteemed taiko drumming groups from Japan for an evening of traditional and contemporary taiko rhythms.

April 16 JDM Import Car Exhibit More than 200 Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the customizing of Japanese-made cars using components intended for sale only in Japan has become increasingly popular with West Coast car enthusiasts.

April 17 Cherry Blossom Grand Parade Dozens of floats and more than 1,500 costumed participants, including marching bands, traditional Japanese musicians, kimono-wearing dancers and a “mikoshi,” a portable shrine carried on the shoulders of a onehundred-person contingent, will wind their way from San Francisco’s City Hall to Japantown

This year’s Schedule of Events will have different venues, as in past years. The event locations will be at various locations in the Japantown region, all within a block or two of the center’s plaza. Please check the desired event for proper locations.


PEACE PLAZA STAGE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

12:15-1:15 pm San Francisco Taiko Dojo

1:15-1:30  Opening Ceremony

1:30-2:00 Michiya Hanayagi Kai and Michisuya Hanayagi Kai

2:00-2:30 Nihon Buyo Kiyonomoto Ryu

2:30-3:00 World Oyama Karate

3:00-3:30 San Francisco Shotokan Karate Club

3:30-4:00 Essence

4:00-4:30 Sakura Minyo Dou Kou Kai

4:30-4:45 Children’s Tsuzumi Challenge

4:45-5:00 UC Berkeley Yosakoi Group

5:00-5:25 Kawachi Ondo YamaSho

5:25-6:00 Kojiro and 3 Secret Agent Men

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

12:00-12:30 pm CBF 2011 Queen and Court

12:30-1:30 San Francisco Taiko Dojo

1:30-2:00 Soko Joshi Dojo

2:00-2:30 San Francisco Wushu Team

2:30-3:00 Oshiro Karate Dojo

3:00-3:30 Shorinji Kempo

3:30-4:00 Ensohza Minyoshu

4:00-4:30 Gindo Gakuen Group

4:30-4:45 UC Berkeley Yosakoi Group

4:45-5:00 Sunset School of Dance

5:00-5:30 San Francisco Nipponto Society

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

11:15-11:45 p.m. San Francisco Taiko Dojo

11:45-12:15 Grass Valley Taiko

12:15-12:45 Zanshin Dojo

12:45-1:15 Ayumi Perry – Songs of Japan

1:15-1:45 Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual/Bicultural Program

1:45-2:00 El Cerrito High School

2:00-2:15 San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin-kai

2:15-2:30 Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Japanese Club

2:30-3:00 Children’s Tsuzumi Challenge

3:00-3:30 Rinka Buyo Group

3:30-4:00 Wado Kai Karate Dojo

4:00-4:30 Northern California Naginata Federation

4:30-5:00 Tojokan Shinkendo Dojo

5:00-7:00 p.m. Raise the Flag Concert

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 17

11:00-12:00 pm The San Francisco Kendo Dojo

12:00-12:30 Enshin Karate

12:30-1:00 Nishi Kaigan Iaido Dojo

3:30-4:00 Anime Contest Awards

4:00-4:45 Anime Talent Show

4:45 CBF 2011 Raffle Drawing

 


JCCCNC GYM SCHEDULE

Located at 1840 Sutter Street

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

11:00-1:00 pm Japanese Music Institute of America

1:00-3:00 Minyo Minbu Festival

3:00-3:30 Hanayagi Mitamaji Classical Dance

3:30-4:30 Marimo Kai –Yukari Sakaguchi

6:00 pm     Shigin

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

12:00-1:00 pm Seiha Sato Masazuka Kai

1:00-1:30 Kiyonomoto Ryu

1:30-2:30 Shimaoka Kazusa Kai

2:30-3:00 Nishikawa Ryu

3:00-4:00 Tamie Kooyenga and Koto Harmonia

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

12:00-1:00 pm Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto Koto Studio

1:00-1:30 GenRyu Arts Presents – Gen Ensemble

1:30-2:30 Gakei Jitodai Koto Group

2:30-3:00 Studio Mai – Nihon Buyo

3:00-4:00 Brian Mitsuhiro Wong Koto Studio

 


JCCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California)

Located at 1840 Sutter Street

 

ISSEI MEMORIAL HALL

APRIL 9-10

Ikebana Exhibit – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

APRIL 16-17

Bonsai/Suiseki Exhibit – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

EXHIBIT HALL

APRIL 9-10

Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshop

Presented by Consulate General of Japan – 12 noon to 4 p.m.

 

CLASSROOM ONE

APRIL 9-10

Washi Ningyo (Paper Doll) – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

APRIL 16-17

Origami Exhibit & Demonstration – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

CLASSROOM TWO

APRIL 9 and 10

Shishu (Japanese Embroidery) – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

APRIL 16-17

Washi Ningyo (Paper Doll) – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


MIYAKO MALL

Union Bank Hospitality Room

 

APRIL 9-10

Japanese Sword Club – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

APRIL 16-17

Mataro Doll Exhibit – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


TAKEUCHI AUDITORIUM @ NIHONMACHI LITTLE FRIENDS

Located at 1830 Sutter Street

 

APRIL 9

Tea Ceremony:  Omotosenke

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

 

APRIL 10

Tea Ceremony:  Urasenke

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

 

APRIL 16

Tea Ceremony:  Urasenke Foundation

1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

 


KINTETSU  MALL: DENTOH – 363

 

APRIL 16

Karuta – 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 


JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE

Located at 1765 Sutter Street

 

APRIL 9-10

Origami Exhibit & Demonstrations – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 


SEQUOIA’S

Located at 1400 Geary Street

 

APRIL 16

Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco – 4 p.m.

 


NATIONAL JAPANESE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Located at 1684 Post Street

 

APRIL 9, 10, 16, and 17

Exhibit:  Nuchi du Takara

Lessons from the Battle of Okinawa – 12 noon to 5 p.m.

 


JDM CAR SHOW

Located on Post Street

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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