34th Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, the 34th Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Cupertino’s Memorial Park. The Festival was organized by the Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities Committee and benefitted the long-standing student exchange between the two cities.
 
The opening ceremony was held on Saturday, April 29th. Representing the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Deputy Consul General Shoichi Nagayoshi greeted the audience, congratulated the Festival, and expressed the importance of sister city relationships. Joining him on stage were Cupertino Mayor Savita Vaidhyanathan, the rest of the Cupertino City Council, and the 2017 Cupertino Student Delegates who will travel to Toyokawa, Japan, this summer. Throughout the festival, there were demonstrations and performances of traditional Japanese culture, including taiko, ikebana, traditional dance, and martial arts. There was even a drone sending live stream video of the Festival to Toyokawa. The Consulate’s Japan Information & Cultural Center also staffed a booth at the festival with information on travel, culture, and education.

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi giving remarks at the opening ceremony

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi posing with Mayor Vaidhyanathan, several festival attendees, and this summer’s Cupertino Student Delegates

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi poses behind the Consulate’s booth with President Sakkas and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Court

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi giving remarks at the Quinlan Center

Mrs. Fusako Hoyrup, Founder & President of the California Chapter of the Wafu School of Ikebana, standing next to Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi

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