Thursday, April 6, 2017

50th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

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

All are welcome to join in the festivities as San Francisco’s Japantown celebrates Japanese and Japanese-American culture. The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets.

50th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
– April 8-9, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm
– April 15-16, 2017 | 10 am to 5 pm
– Parade – Sunday, April 16, 2016 at 1 pm
Japantown (Post and Buchanan Streets), San Francisco

The 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its 50th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 16, 2017, beginning at Civic Center, proceeding up Polk to Post Street and ending in Japantown at Post and Fillmore streets.

A number of performers from Japan will also grace us with their presence. Japanese classical (Buyo) and folk dance (Minyo) groups representing the Bay Area will perform throughout the parade route like a myriad of floating butterflies.

My friend, the multitalented Nina Sazevich will be performing with Ensohza Minyoshu. The group will be debuting a couple of the dances the group learned in Japan last August at San Francisco's festival this Sunday, April 9, 2016 Peace Plaza stage near the pagoda in Japantown at 2:30pm ... come on out! This year with guest vocalist Yukiyo too!!!!

Performing at the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival:

In honor of the festival, I will get the CD from the library and have my own private screening of "The Makioka Sisters" which ends with an exquisite shot of the sisters walking through a storm of cherry blossoms in the hills above Kobe. The story takes place in Japan primarily during the late 1930s (Shōwa period). The sisters live in the Kansai area (Kobe/Osaka) and travel to Tokyo and other prefectures throughout the novel.

watercolors by Nancy Ewart

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival looks like it will be quite an event! I would love to see just the dancing, both the classical and folk. Your watercolors are beautiful! The delicate nature of your work really brings home the true beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms.