Cherry Blossom Queen Candidates Sought

The 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Court visits the Go For Broke Monument in L.A.’s Little Tokyo. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program Committee seeks enthusiastic, community-minded, young Nikkei women to participate in the 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Held in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, the 51st annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival dates are the weekends of April 14-15 and April 21-22.

The Queen Program will be take place on April 14 at a location to be announced, at which time the new 2018 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 for one calendar year.

* 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: