Welcome to Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now 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. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products, and some specialized events will require a fee.

This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 and April 15-16, 2017. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 17, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

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

Sakura Matsuri, Inc.

Sakura Matsuri, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that sponsors the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) also known as the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival (sfcherryblossom.org), to educate and promote the rich cultural heritage of Japan that is preserved by Northern California Japanese American communities by demonstrating and exhibiting Japanese customs and traditions. The Festival also serves to cultivate the alliance between Japan and United States.

2016-2017 Sakura Matsuri Board of Directors

  • Allen M. Okamoto, President
      T. Okamoto and Co. (Real Estate)
  • Benh Nakajo, Vice President
      Retired – Japan Airlines North America
  • Shinichi Seino, Treasurer
      Retired – Kinokuniya Bookstores of America
  • Kiyomi Tanaka, Secretary
      Community Activist
  • Richard Hashimoto, Board Member
      President, Japantown Merchants Association
  • Steve Hirabayashi, Board Member
      Retired – SFUSD Principal
  • Seiko Fujimoto, Board Member
      Retired – Japantown Merchant