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

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

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

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USF Undergraduate Jeddie Kawahatsu Crowned Queen of Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Famous San Francisco photographer David Yu was on hand over the weekend to photograph the 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Get all the deets, after the jump.

Princess Richelle Farley, Princess Kaori Saito, Princess Lauren Kawawaki, First Princess Tamiko Escalante, and Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu along with the gang from the 2010 Queen Program:

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All the deets, after the jump

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OMG, the Weather’s Great for the 44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 in Japantown – April 9, 10, 16, 17

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

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

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

And tonight starting at 6:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre, there’ll be the NCCBF Queen Program

…featuring Kaori Saito, Tamiko Escalante, Richelle Farley, Jeddie Kawahatsu, Lauren Kawawaki for 2011:

And on all four days, 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

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Japantown Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance 2010 a Huge Success

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Yeasterday’s Lantern Parade Festival and Bon Odori Dance in Japantown was well-attended. Here’s some video and  here’s the dragon, courtesy of the SFNoobs.

Now, I didn’t stick around for nightfall, but here’s what things looked like early on, under the pouring sun.

The parade coming…

…and going:

People were encouraged to wave their hands in the air like they just didn’t care. (Note Retail for Lease sign in background.)

And here comes the queen and court for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program 2010 

Amd here’s what people were carrying:

And here’s the only pol that I saw, Emily Murase. She’s running for the San Francisco Board of Education in November:

All this was taken in by a (mostly) enthusiastic crowd:

Takko, the garlic capital of  Japan, sounds like my kind of town:

People were dusting off their summery yukata to join in:

See you next year!

12th Annual Anime Costume Parade at the 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival a Huge Success

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The 12th Annual San Francisco Cherry Blossom Costume Parade and Contest went off without a hitch yesterday in Civic Center.

It was just like 2009, 2008, 2007, etc. Check out the complete 2010 gallery from raider3_anime, if you’d like.

This shot from official Cherry Blossom Photographer David Yu captures the scene:

Here’s the awards ceremony under the pouring sun.

And here are the winners, starting their journey to Japantown:

Congratulations to all the participants.

See you next year!

Japantown is Even More Fast and Furious During this Cherry Blossom Festival Weekend

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

This is how Post Street looked today, full of customized cars, as the third day of our 2010 San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival began.

Hondas and Nissans were the order of the day, but there were exceptions, like this black Lambo for instance: 

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Sunday, April 18, 2010 will be the biggest and best day, complete with a parade, an anime costume contest, the works ‘n stuff.

See you there!

2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program at the Sundance Kabuki

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

You’ve already met the Court of the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program a while back, so now take a look at David Yu’s photos from last night’s big event at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre on Post in Japantown.

All photos via DavidYuWeb.

Here’s the new Queen for 2010 – Arisa Hiroi, a student at UC Davis:

And here’s the entire 2010 Court at the end of last night’s program: Ayae Yamamoto, Corey Yasuye Fujioka, Arisa Hiroi, Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani, Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka:

Name: Ayae Yamamoto
Sponsor: Nikei Lion Club of San Francisco
Education: BA from UC Berkeley
Employer/Position: University Eye Center (Berkeley)/Patient Services Assistant
Goals: Become a physician (OB/GYN) volunteering in third world nations
Age: 23
Parents/Residence: Taashi and Masako Yamamoto / San Francisco, CA

Name: Corey Yasuye Fujioka
Sponsor: Takara Sake USA Incorporated
Education: BS in Food Science from Cal Poly State University
Employer/Position Held: Sweet Earth Chocolates (SLO)/Chocolate Production
Goals: To change the way we eat: physically, mentally, environmentally and financially healthy
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Rober Masami and Diance Keiko Fujioka / Fremont, CA

Name: Arisa Hiroi
Sponsor: Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Education: BA expected in 2010 from University of California Davis in Japanese and Sociology AB/Minor in Education
Employer/Position held: UCD East Asian Languages & Cultures Dept/Japanese Dept Reader
Goals: To become a Japanese teacher in US
Age: 19
Parents/Residence: Kunikiko and Mari Hiroi / San Francisco, CA

Name: Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani
Sponsor: Nikkei West
Education: BA June 2010 from University of California Davis double Major in International Relations and Communications with a Minor in Writing
Employer/Position Held: UC Davis Washington Program/Student Advisor and Minato Japanese Restaurant/Server and Hostess
Goals: Pursue a career in the field of International Relations with companies doing business in Japan
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Neal Kanji Nakatani, Patricia Kiyoko Sakauye / San Jose, CA

Name: Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka
Sponsor: Golden Gate Optimists Club of San Francisco
Education: BS in Health Science/Minor in Psychology form Dominican University of California, MS i Occupational Therapy expected from Dominican University of California
Employer/Position Held: Knowledge Learning Corporation-Champions/After school Science Instructor
Goals: Knowledgeable and innovative therapist-advocate and empower on personal and community level
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Harry Hidejiro Tanaka (HI), Susan Hisako Tanaka (SF) / San Francisco, CA

And here’s the 2009 Court coming back to join in:

Congratulations to all.  

“The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 43rd year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 150,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event.

This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11 and April 17-18, 2010. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on April 18, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms; and held at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

When?

Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 2010

Grand Parade: Sunday, April 18, 2010

Queen Pageant: Saturday, April 10, 2010

Where?

Festival: Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco

Grand Parade: Begins at San Francisco City Hall and ends at Post & Fillmore

Queen Pageant: AMC Kabuki 8 Theater, Japantown

Meet the Court of the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program

Monday, March 15th, 2010

That David Yu, he’s all over town – here’s what he captured in Japantown a few days back at the 43rd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program Preview Day.

via davidyuweb

The Queen Program (don’t call it a pageant) will occur on Saturday, April 10th in conjunction with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. More deets to come when they get everything posted. Anyway, here are the candidates for 2010:

Name: Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka
Sponsor: Golden Gate Optimists Club of San Francisco
Education: BS in Health Science/Minor in Psychology form Dominican University of California, MS i Occupational Therapy expected from Dominican University of California
Employer/Position Held: Knowledge Learning Corporation-Champions/After school Science Instructor
Goals: Knowledgeable and innovative therapist-advocate and empower on personal and community level
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Harry Hidejiro Tanaka (HI), Susan Hisako Tanaka (SF) / San Francisco, CA

Name: Ayae Yamamoto
Sponsor: Nikei Lion Club of San Francisco
Education: BA from UC Berkeley
Employer/Position: University Eye Center (Berkeley)/Patient Services Assistant
Goals: Become a physician (OB/GYN) volunteering in third world nations
Age: 23
Parents/Residence: Taashi and Masako Yamamoto / San Francisco, CA

Name: Arisa Hiroi
Sponsor: Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Education: BA expected in 2010 from University of California Davis in Japanese and Sociology AB/Minor in Education
Employer/Position held: UCD East Asian Languages & Cultures Dept/Japanese Dept Reader
Goals: To become a Japanese teacher in US
Age: 19
Parents/Residence: Kunikiko and Mari Hiroi / San Francisco, CA

Name: Corey Yasuye Fujioka
Sponsor: Takara Sake USA Incorporated
Education: BS in Food Science from Cal Poly State University
Employer/Position Held: Sweet Earth Chocolates (SLO)/Chocolate Production
Goals: To change the way we eat: physically, mentally, environmentally and financially healthy
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Rober Masami and Diance Keiko Fujioka / Fremont, CA

Name: Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani
Sponsor: Nikkei West
Education: BA June 2010 from University of California Davis double Major in International Relations and Communications with a Minor in Writing
Employer/Position Held: UC Davis Washington Program/Student Advisor and Minato Japanese Restaurant/Server and Hostess
Goals: Pursue a career in the field of International Relations with companies doing business in Japan
Age: 22
Parents/Residence: Neal Kanji Nakatani, Patricia Kiyoko Sakauye / San Jose, CA

San Francisco’s 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, 2009

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

As expected, there was a great turnout for the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown today. Sunny skies and the Grand Parade made today the busiest of the four-day festival. Let’s take a look at the staging area this morning.

Its Grand Marshall George Takei! Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (born in San Francisco) is seen here hanging out with Heidi Cheung, Miss San Francisco’s Outstanding Teen 2009 and Crystal Lee, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2008.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President and Mrs. Masaaki Tanaka, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisajki, George Takei, and Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yasumasa Nagamine:

The mise-en-scene in front of City Hall:. Click to expand:

My Melody, Hello Kitty, and Badtz Maru were pleased to be on the scene:

From Hawaii with aloha:

Photographer David Yu was welcomed by all, including this contingent from Los Angeles:

Miss National Asia Dow-An Kou is on the right:

Bevan Dufty chilling with local pageant winners. 

Elizabeth Kress, Miss San Francisco:

And Little Miss San Francisco 2009, Alyssa-Marie Muna:

And now on with the parade:

Senator Leland Yee:

Frosty Senator Mark Leno:

Assemblymember Fiona Ma with Bob Twomey:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano:

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

And his ride for today:

Supervisor Bevan Dufty and company:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with the Japanese Ambassador and Consul General:

Supervisor Eric Mar:

 Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association:

Thought this was an electric Tesla Roadster at first. Actually, it’s the similar (but lighter) gas-powered Lotus Elise. (Horrible Tesla Motors is long on promises, certainly, but just because a toy car is expensive and is powered by electricity, that doesn’t mean it’s a desirable product, that doesn’t mean it represents “the high end.” Just ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ended up giving his Tesla Roadster back. Go ahead and buy one if you want, though. While you’re at it, why not buy an impractical electric Ultra Motor A2B bike and an impractical electric Segway Scooter as well.)

Speaking of cars, here’s part of the NUMMI contingent all the way from Fremont. It’s the only car factory in the West that’s still operating. Union labor, FYI 

Nihonmachi Little Friends:

And your reward for making it all the way to J-Town? Yummy chicken and rice balls from O-Izakaya Lounge at 1625 Post Street.

See you next year!

11th Annual Cherry Blossom Anime Costume Contest 2009 in San Francisco

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Under a blazing sun today (we hates the Sun, we hates it forever!), the 11th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Costume Contest went off without a hitch today in Civic Center.

You’ve seen 2008‘s, here’s this year’s:

An unbelievable number of shutterbugs were there. Photographer dude from the AP didn’t know what to do with himself upon witnessing this scrum – one thing he knew for sure was that he wasn’t going to line up with the paparazzi. Click to expand:

There was a backdrop set up, so I imagine there’ll be a lot of images looking like these floating around soon:

Haru Yoshioka and Baron Humbert von Gikkingen from The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し, Neko no Ongaeshi, lit. The Cat’s Repayment.) These two spent the past four months making the get ups:

For the 8-bit-obsessed Boing Boing demographic, a larger-than-life Game Boy (ゲームボーイ, Gēmu Bōi). Has it really been two decades since this thing debuted?

Edged weapons were the order of the day…

but stick fighting adherents were not uncommon.

Of course the Raccoon Police used more modern implements to keep matters under control:

Hello Kitty’s foil Badzt Maru managed to make plenty of friends…

…as did Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon:

All right:

Some posed individually…

…and others took the time to set up ensembles:

Did the judges award extra points for this plush victim in the upper mouth? We can only hope:

Gratutitous “fake lesbians in ill-fitting anime costumes” kissing for cameras? Affirmative. CBS 5 Eye on Blogs won’t be surprised.

Good puppy, bad puppy:

And bubbles. Everybody loves Bubbles.

See you next year!

A stab at the winners:

1st -
Lilleah & Gemily West – Midna & Wolf Link

2nd -
Katy Lauters – Teto (Nausicaa)
Beau Williams – Baron (Cat Returns)
? (sorry, forgot name) – Heartless

3rd -
Lauren Andraus – Talim (Soul Caliber)
Tiffany Kum – Seung Mina (Soul Caliber)
Stephanie Scholl – Valentine (Guilty Gear Overture)
Kristie Metz – Almira (OZ – The Sword of Etheria)
Lorraine Yee – Suu

4th -
Sigrid Williams – Haru (Cat Returns)
Stephanie Tran – Taokaka
Monique Brossard – Bankai Hitsugaia (Bleach)
Sharon Peng & Kei Luong – Kagene Rui/Kagene Ren (Vocaloids)
Becca Parker – (Kuroshitsuji (Ciel Phantom Hive)
Laura Chin – Deathscythe – Gundam Girl (Gundam Wing)
Christine Tsin & friends – Silfer the Sky Dragon (Yugioh)
Charie Monterola – Deijiko (DiGi Charat)
Natasha Hrepcshak – Hyuuga (Neo Angelique)
Katherine Hrepcshak – Angelique (Neo Angelique)
Laura Eldon – ?

 

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco

It’s coming up yet again! The Cherry Blossom Festival at San Francisco’s Japantownis an event over two weekends. On the last day of the festival, there is a grand parade. Japan Video sponsors a costume contest for the parade that has become more and more popular over the years. As a result, the contest is limited to 100 people. However, the number of people able to join the parade is unlimited!

Here’s the flier:

2009 Cherry Blossom Festival
11th Annual Anime Costume Parade

To accommodate more applicants and to better serve you, we are offering two levels of participation; please choose one.

Costume Contest & Parade (limited to first 100 persons)
You can participate in both the anime costume contest and the parade.
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Time: 10:00am – Check In
10:30am – Costume Contest begins
1:00 pm – Parade starts
Place: In front of City Hall

Costume Contest
1st Prize (1 person)
2nd Prize (3 people)
3rd Prize (5 people)
Consolation Prize
[We'll Announce Prizes Later]

Parade Only
You can participate in the anime parade only.
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Time: 12:00 noon – Check In
1:00pm – Parade starts
Place: In front of City Hall

Pre-registration is required.
>> DEADLINE IS 4/12. <<

Organized by: Japan Video & Media, Inc
1737 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Tel: 415-563-5220, Fax: 415-563-5454

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