The Cherry Blossom Festival and Japantown’s Thoughts on Preparedness

The 45th Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place this weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown.  What great way to spend the weekend and enjoy one of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods. This year’s festival will celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. and will also pay tribute to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service comprised of all Japanese American soldiers receiving the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. The highest civilian honor bestowed by the U. S. Congress. The festival will also recognize the one year anniversary of the Tohoku Region Earthquake and Tsunasmi.

The Details:

When?

Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012 Grand Parade: Sunday, April 22, 2012, Starting at City Hall at 1 pm, north on Polk, west on Post, concludes in Japantown at approxismately 3 pm.

Where?

Festival: Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco Grand Parade: Begins at San Fsrancisco City Hall and ends at Post & Fillmore Queen Pageant: Sundance Kabuki 8 Theater, Japantown

While you are there look for the Girlscouts Troop that will be distributing emergency preparedness kits. We are very proud of the troop for meeting with us to learn about emergency preparedness and spreading the message of preparedness and resilience!

We close this DEM Blog post with Person on the Street interviews about preparedness in Japantown; we love this neighborhood!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNJ9NYoAP8A&list=FLLvAxRvoPXbvHZ-WmNWf1HQ&index=2&feature=plpp_video