The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center and the City of West Covina held the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival on March 29 at a new venue — the parking lot of South Hills Plaza, an outdoor mall that includes a Marukai supermarket. An estimated 3,000 people attended. Entertainment included hula by ESGVJCC Napua Lehua (above and below).
Participants in the opening ceremony included (back row, from left) State Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez, West Covina Councilmember Mike Spence, West Covina Councilmember Fredrick Sykes, West Covina Mayor Steve Herfert, Marukai Facilities Manager Kenny Enomoto, West Covina Councilmember Corey Warshaw, Community Services Director/Deputy City Manager Chris Freeland, West Covina Police Chief David Faulkner, Assistant City Manager Mike Lee; (front row, from left) West Covina Councilmember James Toma, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, ESGVJCC President Phillip Komai, South Hills Plaza Property Manager Pamela Ozell, West Covina City Manager Christopher Chung, Field Representative Evelyn Reyes (on behalf of Rep. Grace Napolitano), Greater West Covina Business Association President Monica Farias.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo