Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival on April 26-27


Demonstrations of kendo (above) and judo (below) at a previous Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photos by J.K. Yamamoto)

Demonstrations of kendo (above) and judo (below) at a previous Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photos by J.K. Yamamoto)

CUPERTINO — The annual Cherry Blossom Festival honoring Cupertino’s sister city of Toyokawa will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Boulevard and Mary Avenue in Cupertino.

The event offers a wide selection of Japanese food and beverages, entertainment, demonstrations, cultural exhibits, art, crafts and clothing for sale. All-day entertainment takes place in the Amphitheatre.

The festival benefits the non-profit Cupertino Sister City Committee, which promotes friendship and student exchange programs between the two cities. Local non-profit organizations that support services for disadvantaged youth, sports, music and language programs will have booths that raise funds for their activities.

For further information, call Asif Kausar, festival coordinator, at (408) 940-5287 or visit the website at www.cupertinotoyokawa.org.


Outdoor Program at Memorial Park Amphitheater

Saturday, April 26

11 a.m.: Opening remarks by Bill Nishimoto, master of ceremonies

11:05 a.m.: Sunnyvale Suzuki Violinists (children’s group)

11:35 a.m.: Maikaze Taiko

12:10 p.m.: Welcome remarks and introduction of visiting dignitaries and 2014 Cupertino Unified School District student delegation and chaperones

12:35 p.m.: Cupertino Fine Arts Commission: “Honoring and Building Community”

12:40 p.m.: San Jose Taiko

1:25 p.m.: Yu-Ai-Kai Karaoke/Dance Group

1:50 p.m.: Satsuma Dojo (karate)

2:20 p.m.: Northern California Naginata Federation

2:50 p.m.: Cupertino Judo Club

3:20 p.m.: Aikido of Silicon Valley

3:50 p.m.: Halau Na Wai Ola/Island Moves (hula)

4:10 p.m.: Watsonville Taiko

4:50 p.m.: Closing remarks by Bill Nishimoto

Sunday, April 27

11 a.m.: Opening remarks by Bill Nishimoto

11:05 a.m.: JKR Okaigan Dojo (children’s karate)

11:30 a.m.: Palo Alto Kendo

12 p.m.: Western Aikido Yosho Kai

12:30 p.m.: Stanford Taiko

1:15 p.m.: Kodenkan Jujitsu Dojo

1:45 p.m.: Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisenkai Mototake Kinuko Okinawan Dance Academy

2:10 p.m.: Cupertino Judo Club

2:40 p.m.: Aikido of Silicon Valley

3:10 p.m.: Okinawa Eisa Shima-Daiko (dance and drum)

3:30 p.m.: Emeryville Taiko Group

4:15 p.m.: Closing remarks by Bill Nishimoto

Indoor Program in Quinlan Community Center

Saturday, April 26

10 a.m.: NSG Colleges Japanese Speech Contest

11:30 a.m.: Aloha Nani Hula Dancers

12 p.m.: Kiyonomoto Ryu (classical dance)

12:45 p.m.: Nijikko Club (children’s dance group)

1:20 p.m.: NSG Colleges Japanese Speech Contest award presentation

1:45 p.m.: Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto Koto Studio

2:50 p.m.: Aikido of San Jose

3:30 p.m.: Wesley Ukulele Band

4:10 p.m.: Mixed Chorus Kakehashi

Sunday, April 27

11:30 a.m.: Japanese tea ceremony demonstration

12 p.m.: Japanese Art & Cultural Center — karate (Yushin-juku), kendo (Yushin-juku) and kyudo (archery)

12:50 p.m.: Essence (shakuhachi ensemble)

1:30 p.m.: Studio Mai (traditional dance)

2:10 p.m.: Shamisen Fujimoto Hideki-Kai and students (traditional music)

2:45 p.m.: Yamato Buyo Kenkyusho (classical dance)

3:15 p.m.: Ryusei Honryu Chikaho-Kai (Okinawan dance and music)

3:55 p.m.: Fujin Raijin (instrumental ensemble)



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