Photo of Bonsai Bonsai 盆栽 - The Bonsai and Suiseki display at the Cherry Blossom Festival will take place the second weekend inside the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) at 1840 Sutter St.   Five organizations from the Bay Area — Bonsai Society of San Francisco, Marin Bonsai Club, Yamato Bonsai Kai, California Suiseki Society, and contributions from the Bonsai Garden at…
Tea Ceremony Chanoyu – The Tea Ceremony 茶の湯 - Chanoyu CHA-NO-YU (literally, hot water for tea), or more formally, Sado/Chado is one of the most refined traditional arts of Japan. It has been an important influence on Japanese architecture, landscape gardening, ceramics and floral arts. It has also shaped many of the artistic values and social etiquette observed by Japanese people. Buddhist monks introduced tea…
Japanese Buyo Dance 踊り - Nihon Buyo – Minyo – Minyo (Japanese Folk Dance and Song) has been handed down from generation to generation. These dances evolved from ancient traditions of dancing and singing to pray for good harvests and honor ancestors. Nearly every district of Japan has a rich heritage of songs that reveal the characteristics of the local…
ikebana Ikebana 生花 - Ikebana is one of the most famed Japanese traditional arts, and traces its origin back hundreds of years. Ikebana was historically placed within the “tokonoma” alcove of the Japanese home. Now it is practiced in most of the contemporary world as an artistic decoration placed throughout the home. In its basic form, an Ikebana arrangement…
Washi Ningyo Japanese Doll Making 人形 - At the festival, we highlight two types of Japanese Doll Making – Washi Ningyo (Japanese Paper Dolls) and Mataro Dolls. Washi Ningyo (Anesama Ningyo) Washi Ningyo (Japanese Paper Dolls) found its origin in a paper doll called “Anesa­ma Ningyo” which was favored by girls of all ages throughout Japan during the last 500 years starting…
Shimisen Japanese Music 音楽 - The festival offers many facets of the Japanese music culture. From Japanese Drum (Taiko) and Japanese dance (Odori) to Japanese harp (Koto), you can experience and feel the passion of each of the talented artists as the perform for the audience. Check some of the many examples below: 太鼓 Taiko The easily recognizable heartbeat of…
Cosplay Parade Japanese Pop Culture ジェイポップ - Considered on of Japan’s biggest exports, Japanese pop culture (J-Pop) not only reflects the attitudes and concerns of the present but also provides a link to the past. Japanese cinema, cuisine, television programs,anime, manga, and music all developed from older artistic traditions, and many of their themes and styles of presentation can be traced to…
2015 Sakura classic Winner Kendama けん玉 - Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy.The Kendama is made up of the “Ken” (handle), three cups and the “Tama” (ball), which is connected by a string. Made of wood, the ends of the base and the crosspiece of the hammer are cupped so that they can catch the ball, and the ball has a hole in it…
Martial Arts Martial Arts 武道 - Learn about the ways of the mind, body and spirit through many unique forms of Japanese martial arts like karate, judo and kendo. An exciting variety of demonstrations on the Peace Plaza stage showcase the physicality and strength of our Bay Area practitioners.
Red Dragon Origami Origami – The Art of Paperfolding 折紙 - “Origami” means “folded paper.” While simple origami figures can be produced in less than 10 steps, more complex shapes require several hundred folds and are mastered by a select few. The Japanese are credited with origami’s development, although no known record exists as to its exact origin. It is an art that is over 400…
Taru Mikoshi Grand Parade Taru Mikoshi - Every year in April, San Francisco Taru Mikoshi Ren carries their Mikoshi down the streets of San Francisco’s Japantown for the finale of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Grand Parade. All members of the public (18+) are welcome to join us! The original SF Taru Mikoshi debuted at the first Cherry blossom Festival in…