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…

10 Things To Do At The 50th Cherry Blossom Festival In SF

There are over 100 exciting programs and activities to do at the festival so it can be a daunting task to choose which ones to go to! So we take the liberty and curated 10 things that we think you shouldn’t miss when you are at the festival. Check them out! April 8th and 9th,…

Eat Your Way Around The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival

The 50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is the largest Japanese culture festival on the west coast and that means there will be many exciting programs and amazing food. If you love food and especially Japanese food, then this is the festival for you. This year, the Food Bazaar is spectacular and is a great reason…

5 Fun Facts About The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival

The 50th anniversary Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) is just around the corner. The festival will take place over 2 weekends starting on April 8th in San Francisco Japantown. Before you come out to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms and enjoy fun programs and entertainment, here are some fun facts about the Cherry…

An Invitation – The 50th Anniversary Gala

50th Anniversary Gala – A Golden Journey Friday, April 14 | 5:30PM Westin St. Francis Hotel $175.00 Buy Tickets Facebook Event 2017 marks the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s 50th anniversary. To kick-off this momentous event and festivities on the second weekend of April in San Francisco, The Sakura Matsuri, Inc. and the Northern California…