50th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival: Japanese Cultural Events

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, in partnership with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (NCCBF) and affiliated organizations, presented the Sake Tasting Area, the 3rd “Sakura Classic” Kendama Contest, and the Cherry Blossom Film Festival which introduced Japanese films

Sake Tasting Area

On Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, in partnership with six Japanese and local companies (Takara USA, Iichiko, Choya, Sequoia Sake, N.A. Sales, Taragawa) held a Sake Tasting Event as part of the 50th NCCBF. Attendees were able to taste Japanese Nihonshu (Sake), Shochu (distilled liquor), Umeshu (plum wine), and Awamori (Okinawan Shochu) and were introduced to the quality and variety of Japanese beverages and culture. Over the two days, around 800 people visited the Sake Tasting Event.

Visitors enjoy sake tasting

Sake Tasting Event Area

“2017 Sakura Classic” Kendama Contest

On Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco partnered with Kendama USA to present the third “Sakura Classic” Northern California Kendama Competition.
Throughout the weekend, amateur players of all ages and skills visited KendamaUSA’s festival booth to participate in the contest’s preliminary rounds. Professional Kendama players also performed during the finals, held at the NCCBF Peace Plaza Stage on the evening of Sunday, April 9. More than 1,500 people participated and watched the preliminary and final rounds of the contest over the two days.

Kendama Contest Final

Winner of the “2017 Sakura Classic” Kendama Contest with professional Kendama players

Northern California Cherry Blossom Film Festival

On Saturday, April 8th, Sunday, April 9th, and Saturday, April 15th, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco in partnership with the NCCBF festival committee, presented the inaugural Cherry Blossom Film Festival. During the festival, three revered Japanese live-action films, “The Tale of Zatoichi”, “Tampopo”, and “Like Father, Like Son”, were screened. In total, over 200 people attended these film screenings.

Audience waiting for film screening

Photo from the Cherry Blossom Film Festival

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