The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, now celebrating its 50th year, which is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and biggest on the West coast. Starting in 1968, the festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and United States using culture as the bridge.

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. We expect our 50th year to be filled with special events and new attractions.

50th Logo 2017 – A Golden Journey – 50 Years of Japanese Culture - Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 Schedule Download the 2017 schedule (PDF) 2017 Grand Marshal KONISHIKI, former Ozeki (grand champion) Sumo wrestler Meet the 2017 Queen and Court Queen Jacquelyn Kimiko Chew 1st Princess Hilary Kiyomi Ego Princess Kellie Rachel Ouye Princess Sydney Kikue Paderna Princess Ayame Yoshizawa Princess Kelli Keiko Fujinaga Northern California Cherry…
Norman Y. Mineta Grand Marshal 2016 – Norman Y. Mineta - The Grand Marshal for 2016 will be retired Secretary of Transportation – Norman Y. Mineta Norman Y. Mineta is the President and CEO of Mineta and Associates, LLC and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He is well known for his work in the areas of transportation—including aviation, surface transportation and infrastructure—and national…
2017 Grand Marshal – KONISHIKI Grand Marshal 2017 – KONISHIKI - KONISHIKI is a former sumo wrestler of Samoan descent. He was recruited by Takamiyama of the Takasago stable and started sumo in 1982, at age 18. He was recognized for his potential and received the name “Konishiki” after the 17th Yokozuna. Just five years later, KONISHIKI became the first non-Japanese born sumo wrestler to reach…
Norman Y. Mineta Grand Marshals - 2017 Grand Marshal – KONISHIKI KONISHIKI is a former sumo wrestler of Samoan descent. He was recruited by Takamiyama of the Takasago stable and started sumo in 1982, at age 18. He was recognized for his potential and received the name “Konishiki” after the 17th Yokozuna. Just five years later, KONISHIKI became the first non-Japanese…
NCCBF Logo Timeline – Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival - 1968-1977: Building Foundation 1968 Queen Terry Iwasaki General Chairman Hisao Inouye Grand Marshal Joseph L. Alioto, Mayor of San Francisco 1969 Queen Sharon Kimoto General Chairman Kay Kuwada Grand Marshal Peter Tamaris, San Francisco Board of Supervisors 1970 Queen Suzu Matsuno Grand Marshal Eikichi Hara, Consul General of Japan General Chairman Eugene Sasai 1971 Queen…