Tips for Photographers: the cherry blossom edition

Whether you’ve been a photographer for a few months or many years, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival invites you to photograph or vlog the event! The Festival is entirely volunteer-run, which includes our photographers. We would deeply appreciate it if you would join our team. We sincerely want you to come and enjoy your…

Festival Spotlight: How to Play the NCCBF Scavenger Hunt

Hello! NCCBF Scavenger Hunt Committee here and we wanted to teach you how to play the Scavenger Hunt games. First off, what is the NCCBF Scavenger Hunt? Officially, we are the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Scavenger Hunt (wow! That’s a mouthful). We are exclusive to the Festival in that we help you discover all…

Q&A with Matt Nagatomi, Logistics Co-Chair

Matt Nagatomi became the Co-Chair of the Logistics Committee for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) in 2012, but he first started volunteering in 2007 through the Japanese Community Youth Council. The program allowed him to volunteer at many events throughout the year and each offered a different experience to connect with the community.…

Meet the Artist: Minran Zhang, 2018 Poster Designer

Minran Zhang designed the main artwork for the 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival poster, program booklet cover, and the banner.  Minran was pursuing her M.A. in Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia when she created the original piece.  To our great fortune, her beautiful artwork landed in the…

24 hours with Sailor Moon

Mari Tsukino, aka Sailor Moon, has been performing for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival audience since 2005.  “[She] wanted to be part of the very first cosplay parade in the United States and to also attract more people to the beautiful Japantown.”  A natural at engaging with people who love Japan, Mari loves helping others…

Meet the Artist: Mike Oshite, Sakura 360 Graphic Designer

Visitors of the 2017 and 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival may be familiar with the works of Mike Oshite, or Doggy Style Factory, who created the designs for Sakura 360.  Originally from Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, Mike moved to San Francisco in 1994 with the hopes of joining the George Lucas studio.  Learn about his process and…

Join us for the 52nd Festival on April 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2019!

On behalf of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) Executive Committee, we are excited to announce the dates for our 52nd annual event! The Festival will be held on April 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st, 2019. We will have all of your favorite programs and attractions including the NCCBF Queen Program on April 13th…

Participants From Japan At the 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Japan has been a strong supporter of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival for decades. Every year, Japanese groups show their support for the festival by traveling across the Pacific Ocean to perform in San Francisco. This year, we are very honored to have ten groups of talented performers and artists from all around Japan…

An Epic First Weekend of the 50th San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival!

The first weekend of the 50th anniversary Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival was filled with memories and epic moments! Despite a rainy start on the morning on the first day, the festival powered through and by 10AM, the rain had stopped, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. And the rest of the…