This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11 and April 17-18, 2010. Besides, the festival will be held on post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Street. If you use bus from Union Square, you take the No. 38 bus on Geary Street, or the No. 2,3 or 4 on Sutter Street and get off at Laguna, Buchanan, or Webster.
For us, Japanese, cherry blossoms have much to do with our life. We find the coming of spring by cherry blossom bud, and sense spring as looking bloom of them. When the cherry trees are at their best, we hold banquet called “Ohanami” under these trees. People spread a picnic blanket, sit on it, and rejoice wealthy season as eating and drinking. I think this festival is pretty similar to “Ohanami”. They are different styles, but they have a common point that people come together, and share the joy of spring. What’s more, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival waits for you with a lot of cultural events! This April, why don’t you join the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and taste Japanese style spring?
By Ayumu Nanki