Cherry Blossom Film Festival Logo Cherry Blossom Film Festival - The Cherry Blossom Film Festival showcases a curated selection of Japan’s best films and anime, reflecting the diverse and unique legacy of Japanese Cinema. All films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles (otherwise noted). At the next in-person festival, the Cherry Blossom Film Festival will take place in NEW PEOPLE Cinema located in…
Taiko Dojo Cherry Blossom Taiko Festival - Always regarded as sacred, the taiko drum was first used to bring favor from the Kami, and 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…
Friendship Reception Friendship Reception - At the next in-person festival, join us for Friendship Reception, a special ticketed event for dinner, performances by Japan Groups, mochitsuki (mochi pounding) and a gathering to welcome our guest participants from Japan and across the U.S.! The Festival committees take this opportunity to express their gratitude to our Festival participants. This reception will take place…
Grand Parade Grand Parade - The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Parade brings color and cheer to the streets of San Francisco and Japantown! At the next in-person festival, the Grand Parade will occur on the final Sunday of the Festival. A lively procession of taiko drummers, dancers, and decorative floats will celebrate the Festival and the Japanese traditions…
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…
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 is conducted before noon on the…
Scavenger Hunt - “Discover the treasures of Japantown through the Cherry Blossom experience” The Scavenger Hunt returns to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival for its 3rd year and we are excited to help you discover the treasures of Japantown that make every year’s festival possible. Each mission and activity will challenge you to attend and experience, learn…
Senior Appreciation Brunch - The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Senior Appreciation Brunch started over 30 years ago to thank seniors in the local Japanese American community for their volunteer services. Each year, honorees are nominated by senior centers and receive certificates of commendation from elected officials. Following the brunch, they are recognized at the Peace Plaza Stage for…