The Cherry Blossom Festival was co-founded in 2002 by Wendy Fujihara Anderson and Michael Motoyasu. The original goal of the Festival was toadminister
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.
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