Japantown – Cherry Blossom Festival – Part 1

It is 8:02 AM on Saturday, April 14th.  Today is the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown.  I always enjoy this and tell myself every year that I’d like to get a little more involved and spend more time there.  My favorites are the people dressed up in cosplay, the dancing, the Cherry Blossom court, and especially the karate demonstrations.  And speaking of karate demonstrations last year was the first time I actually participated (2017 Cherry Blossom karate post).

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – Karate presentation

World Oyama Karate put on a demonstration at the 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.  I’ve always enjoyed the festival but have never actually participated myself except for the preparation of the Japan Airlines float many years ago.  My demonstration was called ‘kihon sono 4’ and we made BaySpo, (2017年4月14日) the Japanese language newspaper in San Francisco.

 

Journal Entry – 4.6.2017

It is 6:01 AM on Thursday, April 6th, 2017.  I’ve been awake since 3:30 AM; I stayed in bed until almost five trying to go back to sleep but then decided to get up and start the day.

Today will be a busy one:  I’ve got a travel fair in San Francisco in the middle of the day and then need to be at karate at the end of the day to practice for the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Unfortunately, the forecast calls for rain this year but only in the morning.  Our presentation isn’t until the afternoon so hopefully the rain will be done by then.