2011 Cherry Blossom Festival @Japan Town

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The 44th Annual Northern California’s Annual Cherry Blossom Festival’s grand parade on the weekend I was in San Francisco – spotlighting traditional customs and culture that are part of the rich heritage of Japanese Americans. Japantown filled with exquisitely costumed performers and will echo with thunderous rhythms of huge taiko drums, ethereal strains of koto music, crackling of boards being splintered by martial artists, and the gentle sounds of tea ceremonies. And, wafting through and above this cultural banquet will be the delicious aromas emanating from the Festival’s community-sponsored food bazaar. Thousands of Japanese American performers and behind-the-scenes coordinators will take part in the celebration along with scores of participants who will be coming from Japan to join in staging the exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainments. Classical and folk dancers will perform both weekends. Experts in karate, kendo (a style of fencing with bamboo swords), aikido, and judo will demonstrate their skills, and collectors of samurai swords and armor will display their treasures.

Japantown

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Took almost 1.5 hours to find a parking spot! But the next 1.5 hours was quite fun to watch the parade that was filled with cute Japanese characters, cos-play characters and drum activities.

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Alot of anime characters

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Winners of some of the pageant

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Interesting to see so many non-Japanese involved in the Japanese cultural activities.

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Cherry Blossom queen winners

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The grand finale, the float carrying and splashing of sake.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gossipmonger
    May 22, 2011 @ 13:32:02

    they probably enjoy chingay more since it not 35 degrees with 80% humidity…

  2. Xuan-er
    May 25, 2011 @ 09:15:46

    @GM: got to agree with you =)

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