Applicants Sought for 2015 Cherry Blossom Queen

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2014 and 2013 courts at last year's Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

The 2014 and 2013 courts at this year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

SAN FRANCISCO — The 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program Committee seeks enthusiastic, community-minded, young Nikkei women to participate in the 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Held in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, the 48th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival dates are the weekends April 11-12 and 18-19. The Queen Program will be take place at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Saturday, April 11, at which time the 2015 queen and court will be selected.

The queen and court will:

• Serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Japanese American community of Northern California;

• Endeavor to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Japanese American culture through active participation in civic and community events;

• Uphold the highest values and morals as role models for today’s youth while striving to preserve the traditions and values of past Japanese American generations.

A qualified candidate must be:

• Between 18 years of age and not more than 26 years of age as of April 11, 2015;

• Single and not previously married;

• At least 50 percent Japanese ancestry;

• A U.S. citizen who has lived in the Northern California area for at least three years; or a foreign national with permanent status of at least one year who has lived in the Northern California area for at least three years; or a foreign national residing in the Northern California area for at least three years.

The term of service is one calendar year.

Submit an essay of no more than 500 words (typed) in English or Japanese (translated), explaining “Why I desire to represent the Japanese American community as Cherry Blossom Queen.”

For further information or an application, go to www.nccbfqueenprogram.org or www.facebook.com/NCCBFQP.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than Saturday, Nov. 15. Submit via Facebook or mail to: Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program Committee, c/o Union Bank, 1675 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115, Attn: Glenda Okamura.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Fedaie at (415) 517-4338.

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