The 47th Northern California Cherry Blossom opened April 12 and 13 in San Francisco Japantown. The 2014 Cherry Blossom Court, selected Saturday night at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema and introduced to the public in Peace Plaza the next morning, consists of (from left) Princess Kristin Matsumoto, First Princess Alison Nishiyama, Queen Kyle Tana, Princess Saaya Sakurai and Princess Alessandra Dameshghi.
Above: J-pop singer KANA was one of the featured performers in Peace Plaza. Below: Matsutoyo Kai performed at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. The festival continues April 19 and 20 with the Grand Parade on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at City Hall and ending in Japantown. For more information, visit http://sfcherryblossom.org.