Consul General Uyama Attends 35th Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday, April 28, Consul General Uyama attended the opening ceremony of the 35th Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival held in Cupertino's Memorial Park. The Festival was organized by Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. and benefitted the long-standing student exchange between the two cities.

The opening ceremony was held on Saturday, April 28th with the attendance of Consul General Tomochika Uyama, California State Senator Jim Beall, Cupertino City Councilmembers Savita Vaidhyanathan and Barry Chang, Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. President Alysa Sakkas, and the 2018 Cupertino Student Delegates who will travel to Toyokawa, Japan. Consul General Uyama gave remarks and awarded Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. with the Consul General's Commendation in honor of their 40th sister city relationship anniversary and the 35 years of the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. Throughout the festival, there were demonstrations and performances of traditional Japanese culture, including taiko, ikebana, traditional dance, and martial arts. The Consulate's Japan Information & Cultural Center also staffed a booth at the festival with information on travel, culture, and education.

Consul General Uyama delivering his remarks

Consul General Uyama awarding the Consul General's Commendation for Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. to President Sakkas

Consul General Uyama posing with Senator Beall, Councilmember Vaidhyanathan, Councilmember Chang, President Sakkas, several festival attendees, and the Cupertino Student Delegates of 2018

Taiko group giving a performance

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