Sunday, April 14, 2013

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Today was one day of the two-weekend Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco! A friend and I met up to go and check it out.

There were sponsor booths, art/jewelry/things for sale, food booths, and a stage in the main plaza where they had a beauty pageant and some Taiko drum performers.

The American and Japanese flags flying side by side.. I thought this made a pretty picture :)

In Japantown (where the festival was held) they have street signs in English and Japanese!

The Taiko drum performers were amazing-- they had all these different drums that made different sounds, and they were literally dancing while drumming.. and they just looked so happy and into what they were doing, you could tell they really loved it.

We also went and had lunch at a Japanese restaurant in the little mall nearby. I have not had sushi in quite a while, so that was a real treat.

There was also this neat mural at the entrance to the mall.

So, fun weekend :). Can't wait to go back to San Francisco next weekend to see the Giants!

P.S. I changed my blog settings so you don't have to have an account to comment. Didn't realize I could do that but that should make things easier for my commenters :).


  1. Hi!, Jen

    First, how thoughtful of you to change your comment settings, high-fives! Will try it out next visit, but wanted to bid adieu to proving I'm not a robot one last time with the original set up.

    Sounds like a beautiful day and time well spent on your outing in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, northern California style. Encouraging to see two cultures sharing together in the spirit of celebration. Sounds like the drummers were fully enthralled...your writing captures their delight vividly.

    Thanks for sharing the gr8 pictures! Am off for now, but am looking forward to returning here this weekend. Enjoy your week!

    So long> "Please prove you're not a robot", haha

    1. Hi Al,
      I know you are not a robot, haha, just wasn't sure if I wanted to remove the "captcha" option because if I do, I might get random spam. Although, maybe not, because I don't think anyone else actually reads my blog besides you and Meesh. It was really nice to see Japan and the U.S. showing their unity through the festival. Enjoy your week too!

  2. Hey, Jen!

    Am burning the midnight oil on this end so to speak. Great idea to take initial measures to ward off those pesky spammers, but thanks for extending more options to share here with you.

    Thought of you & your friend today when the scoreboard read late in the 8th inning that your hometown favorites were leading 5-0. Did the Giants go on to win? Hope the weather was pleasant, sunny and ideal for taking in the action at the ballpark. Did you enjoy any epic treats? Enjoy your week ahead :)

    1. Hi Al- yep, the Giants won! You can read all about my fun day in my new post. The weather was really warm, it's a good thing I wore sunscreen, although I was already sunburned from yesterday, while I was out at the park for a long time, and did not wear sunscreen... whoops.

  3. Hey, Jen!

    Ooo Ouch @ "sunburned from yesterday", be glad you wore sunscreen during the victorious baseball outing though--smart move. Speaking of that Giants win, am scrolling up to read your tailored made post about that wonderful experience (thanks for sharing).