Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco


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San Francisco just hosted their annual Cherry Blossom Festival which occurs over two weekends in April.  Cherry blossom festivals are the Japanese tradition of celebrating the blooming flowers (particularly cherry trees (sakura)) that spring brings.    There’s a parade that travels a little over a mile from San Francisco City Hall to Japantown [1].  We saw beauty queens gracefully waving and Boy Scouts carrying a large Daruma, a round bearded doll modeled after the founder of Zen sect of Buddhism [2].  One of our favorite floats though came from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce with what I can only hope was its employees dressed in Japanese cosplay [3].  The parade route ended in Japantown’s center with an array of local artists, vendors, and food booths.

We enjoyed a variation of takoyaki [3] – typically a savory battered snack filled with minced octopus (tako), pickled ginger, and green…

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