Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program
Since 1968, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program has been dedicated to mentoring young women through community service, leadership, and cultural education. Every April during the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, a new court is selected to represent the local Japanese American community for a year as cultural ambassadors.
Over the course of a year, these women will volunteer together at various community events across Northern California, including Nikkei Matsuri. Through the Queen Program’s long standing connections in Los Angeles and Hawai’i, these court members will also have the opportunity to meet and learn about the Japanese American community outside the Northern California region. By developing key leadership skills like public speaking and networking with many other leaders, these young leaders will build a foundation for life-long involvement in the community.
The Queen Program is honored to participate in the 43rd Nikkei Matsuri. Our virtual performance will introduce the Queen Program and feature court members. If you are interested in applying for the Program or have any questions, please reach out to us via our social media accounts or website!
Our Nikkei Matsuri Connection
The Queen Program court members have always had an amazing experience volunteering every year at Nikkei Matsuri! One of our highlights every year is to greet festival guests and meet many of the San Jose Japantown community members. We truly enjoy all of the performances such as by the San Jose Taiko and viewing the cultural art like Ikebana. The food is always excellent at Nikkei Matsuri, from yakisoba to spam musubi to manju!