Cherry Blossom Festival

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San Francisco has a wealth of cultural celebrations. The 45th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, started in 1967, just concluded in Japantown. But there is plenty of time to celebrate The City’s relationship with cherry blossoms with a visit to the oldest Japanese Tea Garden in the United States. Our beautiful Japanese-style garden, located in Golden Gate Park, was created for “The California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894,” also called a “World’s Fair.”

Japan Center opened in 1968 in the Western Addition neighborhood of The City. The shopping center offers Japanese-style goods and food. In the large plaza of the center stands the five-tiered concrete Peace Pagoda. This was a gift to San Francisco from the people of Osaka, Japan.

And if you like to experience culture through food, here is one visitor’s experience on a “Gourmet Food Walk” through Japantown: