Huntington Beach enjoys Cherry Blossom Festival

March 29, 2018 by  

For the fifth year, Huntington Beach recently put on its annual Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of Anjo, Japan, its sister city.

The event was slated to begin at 10:30 am, but thousands of people got there early, forcing the police to close access to Central Park by about 11:00 am, because all the parking lots were full.

The Asian community spends months planning the festival, which many people have been attending since it first began. Some people come from miles away to enjoy the party.

Long Beach-based Kokoro Taiko Kai, a Japanese drumming ensemble, took part in the opening ceremonies, which also included brief welcoming remarks Mike Posey, the mayor of Huntington Beach. Other officials in attendance included former mayor Bob Mandic, and Lyn Semeta and Barbara Delgleize, who are on the city council, among others.

Also attending was Mary Urashima, who started a task force several years ago to save a historic site in the city—the oldest Japanese Presbyterian Church in Southern California. The church is in the Historic Wintersburg section.

Festival attendees enjoyed watching traditional Japanese dancers and drummers, as well as feasting on Japanese food, such as yakisoba, provided by a number of booths and food trucks.

At this sort of event, a flyer printing company can create a handout for visitors showing where specific activities are located.