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Wendy Anderson
Founder of the Cherry Blossom festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival was co-founded in 2002 by Wendy Fujihara Anderson and Michael Motoyasu. The original goal of the Festival was to administer Japanese and Japanese American cultural events and bridge generations, and to expose the mainstream population to these cultural arts.  Kellye Nakahara Wallett served as a ‘spokesperson’ and Ambassador.   Since Wendy and Kellye were both residents of the city, Pasadena, California became the initial location of the Festival.


Wendy Fujihara Anderson was born, raised and continues to reside in the City of Pasadena.  Born shortly after World War II (her parents met while incarcerated at Manzanar), she was brought up with minimal Japanese culture and heritage due to the hatred of the Japanese following the war.  After the death of both her parents in 1997, her cultural heritage started taking on a bigger meaning.

Paul Budnitz
Founder of Kidrobot
Founded by designer Paul Budnitz in 2002, Kidrobot is the world’s premier designer and retailer of limited edition art toys and apparel. Kidrobot merges urban street trends, fashion, and pop art to produce limited edition, collectible toys and apparel. Kidrobot products feature unique collaborations with top international artists with backgrounds as diverse as graffiti, fine art, fashion, industrial design, graphic design, illustration, and music.

Philip Young
GS Printing Company
Neighboorhood Print company

Takashi “Chi” Saito & Brenda K
The Panache Orchestra
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