This Weekend: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s not every event that makes it to nearly half a decade. That said, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, now in its 48th year, is one of those standouts. Taking place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, the festival is one of California’s most well-known celebration of Asian traditions. Each year more than 200,000 attendees enjoy the color and grace on display as well as the natural beauty that abounds.

The Festival began last weekend and continues this weekend. It is held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets and attendance is free.

Last weekend, 22-year-old San Jose State University student Kelli Asako Sum was crowned as the 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen. As such, she will represent the festival and the Northern California Japanese American community throughout the year.

This weekend there will be a host of events, including bonsai, a tea ceremony known as chanoyu, a golf tournament, Japanese doll making and a Japanese musical performance. Also on tap will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts and live bands. The event’s Grand Parade is slated for Sunday, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

The Festival is said to be the second largest of its kind outside of Washington, D.C. It’s going to be quite crowded, so public transportation is the way to go if possible. Leashed dogs are welcome, so bring Fido to join the fun! For more information, visit the Festival online. And don’t forget to bring your camera!

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