Koto performers Japanese Music Program – 音楽 - Every year the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Japanese Music Program brings artists and performers from all over Japan. Each year we have some exciting artists and programs from Japan from areas like Okinawa, Osaka, Tokyo, where they perform at our stages like Peace Plaza stage, Webster Street Stage, JCCCNC and the Hotel Kabuki. Koto…
Kayo Parade Kayo Parade - One of the highlights of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is the Kayo Parade. Now in its 49th year, the show is popular not only in the Bay Area, but also in Japan. The first half of the show will showcase over 29 local singers and performers from throughout the greater Bay Area, California, Washington,…
Kanda Myojin Mikoshi Purification Mikoshi Purification Ceremony - The Mikoshi purification ceremony is conducted every year with representatives of the spiritual community of Japantown and also with representatives from Japan. The ceremony represents rites that helps bring peace and harmony to the area of the festival and that of the spirits embodied in the Mikoshi. The ceremony includes both the Taru Mikoshi and…
Thank You Queens bow Queen Program - The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program is dedicated to mentoring young women so they may develop the leadership skills and community connections necessary to promote not just stronger individuals, but also a stronger community. This year’s queen program will be held at the Kabuki Theater on April 9 at 6pm. 2015 Queen Kelli…
Taiko Dojo SF Taiko / Cherry Blossom Taiko Festival - Always regarded as sacred, the taiko drum was first used to bring favor from the Kami, ward away evil spirits, and pests harmful to crops. It was believed that the rain spirit would be forced into action if one imitated the sound of thunder during times of drought. The taiko was joyfully beaten to express…