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March 20th, 2019

Don't Miss the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Art & Culture

Spring is here and so are the cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom festival is a common celebration in Japanese culture that welcomes spring and takes a moment to awe at nature and the brevity of life.

If you’re visiting SF in spring, you’re in luck. For one, you can see the cherry blossoms bloom around the city, especially the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Secondly, SF boasts one of three Japantowns in the U.S. and one of the largest cherry blossom festivals, spanning two weekends in April.

Within the limits of Japantown there will be a constant flow of performances, live bands, martial arts and food vendors. Here SCH highlights of this year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, running April 13-21  that you don’t want to miss.

Grand Parade

Everyone’s favorite part of a festival is a parade! The Grand Parade begins April 21 at the Civic Center at 1 p.m. It proceeds up Polk Street to Post, finally ending in Japantown (corner with Fillmore). Acts include Japanese classical dancing, called Buyo, and folk dancing, Minyo. Remember to pack a good pair of walking shoes.

Sakura 360

In case you didn’t know, “sakura” is the word for cherry blossom. This event celebrates the exchange between the U.S. and Japan in the medium of pop culture, anime, gaming, fashion and music. The fashion shows planned should be especially fun. Keep up with all the details on the Sakura 360 on Facebook.

Taiko Festival

Taiko simply means “drum” in Japanese. According to the Taiko Center, taiko drumming spans back over 2,000 years and was used in religious rituals. The rhythms are moving and Samurai warrior-level powerful. The SF Taiko DoJo will perform along with other drum groups at the Taiko Festival, held at the Japanese Cultural Community Center. The SF Taiko DoJo ensemble has had music featured in Apocalypse Now!, Return of the Jedi and Rising Sun. Ticket info here.

From Stanford Court Hotel, Japantown is just 1.5 miles away. Ask our concierge for your best transport options.


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