Candidates for 2013 Cherry Blossom Queen Sought

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The 2012 Cherry Blossom Court (from left): Princess Chihiro Hirai, Miss Tomodachi Miki Fukai, Queen Asaki Osato, First Princess Megumi Yoshida, Princess Manami Kidera.

SAN FRANCISCO — The 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program Committee seeks enthusiastic, community-minded, young Nikkei women to participate in the 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Held in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, the 46th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival dates are the weekends April 13-14 and April 20-21.

The Queen Program will be take place at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on April 13, at which time the 2013 queen and court will be selected.

The Queen Program Committee is seeking qualified young women who will:

• Serve as the 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.

Qualified candidates must be:

• 18 years of age and not more than 25 years of age as of April 13, 2013;

• 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.

Prospective candidates must 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, applications and other requirements, go to www.nccbfqueenprogram.org and www.facebook.com/NCCBFQP.

Forward the completed application to the Northern California Queen Program Committee no later than Dec. 28, 2012.

Applications should be sent c/o Union Bank, 1675 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115, Attn: Glenda Okamura.

For more information, contact Sarah Fedaie at (415) 517-4338.

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