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P.O. Box 122842
San Diego CA 92112-2842

+1 760 444 4164

Category: Announcements


Cherry Blossom Festival

First Annual Japan-U.S. Goodwill Cherry Blossom Festival
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. –  Sunday, April 7, 2013
1401 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92016

Attendees are encouraged to park for free at the Shelter Island Shoreline Park parking lot,across from Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites. A free shuttle will be provided from 11:30 3:30 p.m., to take attendees to and from the event site.

For more information please contact :
Kaneko Bishop, President (619-583-8979) 
San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society

Dear Member and Friends

Our weather has been very unpredictable, but certainly spring has arrived with all the flowers blooming.

One hundred years ago last year, 3,000 cherry trees were sent from Japan to Washington, D.C. as a symbol of eternal friendship between these two great nations.

To commemorate this centennial year, approximately 2,000 cherry trees were distributed to 36 cities in the U.S., San Diego was chosen to receive 31 trees. Fifteen were planted along the promenade by the U.S. Midway Museum and 16 were planted around the Friendship Bell on Shelter Island.

The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society and the Unified Port of San Diego would like to honor this beautiful symbol of friendship by holding the First Annual Japan-U.S. Goodwill Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Friendship Bell.

For this special event, we are inviting high school students to participate in a Japanese speech contest.

I am enclosing a flyer describing the event and would like to invite you to come and enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon with family and friends at the Friendship Bell.

As a non-profit organization with no funding from the City, I also would like to thank you for your generous support, which has made all of our projects possible.

I am looking forward to see you on April 7.


Kaneko O Bishop

Presented by

Performance by San Diego Taiko

High School Japanese Speech Contest

Japanese Cultural Table

  • Origami Activities
  • Calligraphy Workshops
  • Paper Cutting Demonstrations

Bake Sale (proceeds go to the Tohoku Disaster Relief Fund)


Kaneko Bishop Awarded Commendation of the Consul General

Mrs. Kaneko Bishop was awarded the Commendation of the Consul General for her contributions in the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and America.