queen & court-stageThe 48th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival was held on the weekends of April 11-12 and 18-19 in San Francisco Japantown, featuring a variety of performances, food, and cultural displays and demonstrations. The 2015 Cherry Blossom Court was named. Pictured from right on the Peace Plaza Stage are Queen Kelli Sum, First Princess Nina Myers, Princess Karine Worley, and Princess Taylor Davis.

taru mikoshi2The Taru Mikoshi, a portable shrine made of sake barrels, was carried through the streets by enthusiastic volunteers during the Grand Parade.

sf taiko dojo:tanakaSan Francisco Taiko Dojo, founded and led by Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka (left).

awa odori:soko yosakoiDancers in the parade included Awa Odori Tokushima Ren (left) and Soko Yosakoi (right).

nbc bay areaMike Inouye (left) and Robert Handa of NBC Bay Area rode on a float with their families.

boy scouts:giant darumaBoy Scout Troop 29 from Buddhist Church of San Francisco with a giant Daruma.

okinawan drummers2Drummers from Okinawa Kenjin Kai.

mayor & wife2San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his wife Anita.

l.a. & hawaii courtsHawaii Cherry Blossom Queen Kimberly Kimiko Takata, Nisei Week Queen Tori Nishinaka-Leon and their courts in front of San Francisco City Hall.

watanabe:muraseLeft: Consul General Masato Watanabe and his wife Kazue. Right: Emily Murase of the San Francisco Board of Education.

nihonmachi little friendsKids from Nihonmachi Little Friends, a bilingual/multicultural child care program.

anime floatCosplayers dressed as anime/manga characters on the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California float. (Photo by Kahn Yamada)

abc preschoolKids from ABC Preshool at Pine United Methodist Church. (Photo by Kahn Yamada)

ishinomakiA group from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, thanked the Bay Area community for its support after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. (Photo by Kahn Yamada)



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