San Francisco to ‘Raise the Flag at Five’


SAN FRANCISCO — In conjunction with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, “Raise the Flag at Five,” a special event of music, food, drinks and entertainment, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets.

A 300-foot flag will be unrolled at 5 p.m. and photographed from the sky with the hopes of raising money and awareness for the ongoing relief efforts in Japan.

After the 1906 earthquake, known as San Francisco’s darkest hour, Japan was the largest contributor to aid relief and was an integral partner in rebuilding the city, organizers said.

The schedule of performances will be announced shortly. Those interested in volunteering or donating goods or services are asked to email [email protected]. To be a vendor or sponsor, email [email protected].

Those who cannot attend can still donate. Donations are tax-deductible and go to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (, which has started the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Organizers said in a statement, “We need you to email, tweet, post to Facebook, forward, share, text, call everyone you know to participate … Please help spread the word. This event doesn’t work without you, your friends, family, and co-workers, even the ones you don’t really like, so let them know you are attending, donating and supporting … Help us show the world that S.F. cares.”

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For more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be held April 9-10 and 16-17, visit


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