50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Anniversary

50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Anniversary

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 50th Anniversary events. This year we donated a record amount to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

On Friday 4/7 we had our Reunion Party and met so many fantastic former court members, as well as some Queen Program and Festival Committee members.

A great thank you to all of the former court members that contributed to the Queen Program as well as the court gift. The 2017 Court was extremely excited and all set for their busy year!

For the first time ever in the history of the Cherry Blossom Festival, there were 69 former court members attending the Queen Program: 1 from the 1960s, 5 from the 1970s, 9 from the 1980s, 18 from the 1990s, 15 from the 2000s and 21 from the 2010s (and this was only those who were on stage!)

Some video highlights of the Queen Program are here

CBA also participated in the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. It was great to once again see former court members come together and celebrate the history of the Festival and honor those who have participated for 50 years.

We would like to thank Origami Artist, Linda Mihara, for donating a special design of 1000 paper cranes on behalf of Cherry Blossom Alumnae for the 50th Anniversary Gala. The paper cranes were folded by the Festival’s former court members in commemoration of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary. The design consists of 50 pink paper cranes that forms cherry blossom flowers that adorns the gold kimono.

For more photos from the recent events, please visit our Facebook page

Sushi Making Class

Thank you to those who attended CBA’s very first sushimaking class with Chef . We hope you had a great time!


Please click here for the recipes from Chef Kaz. Also, you can visit our Facebook album for photos from the event.


If you buy Japanese ingredients or supplies, please consider purchasing them in SF Japantown. Our local merchants (such as Soko Hardware) would appreciate the business as we do need to support them to keep Japantown strong. There are also local Japanese markets such as Takahashi’s and Suruki (both in San Mateo) that are family owned, and Chef Kaz has also provided some recommendations in the link for the recipes.
“I was so inspired by Chef Kaz, when I got home on Sunday I realized I had cucumber, avocado and salmon in my fridge and quickly made some hand rolls for dinner for my kids (a Japanese household always has rice and nori at home).  It was so simple and easy (okay, I did skip the sushi rice and went with plain white rice), but I realized it’s so easy to incorporate what we learned on Sunday into our lives. “
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