The Queen Program committee is dedicated to continuing this long continued tradition of almost 50 years. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all members of the committee are volunteers. You can reach the committee using the Contact Us Form.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program Committee (hereto forth referred to as “Queen Program Committee” or the “Committee”) is a sub-committee of Sakura Matsuri, Inc. and is based in San Francisco. Sakura Matsuri, Inc. is the parent organization of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (hereto forth referred as “NCCBF” or “the Festival”) and is comprised of volunteers, some of which have been volunteering since the inception of the Festival. The Queen Program Committee is volunteer-based and is the only committee that works the full year with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Court (hereto forth referred as the “Court”).

Meet some of members of the committee!


Program Chair

Benh Nakajo


Director of Operations

Glenda Okamura



Kimono Teacher

Hiroko Sato


Courts Activities Manager

Kelly Yuka Walton


Director of PR

Michiko Maggi

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Program Coordinator

Lauren Suguro


Program Director

Miki Novitski


Advising Director of Hospitality/

Reception Coordinator

Pat Fong / Graig Inaba


Kimono Teacher

Masami Saisu

Tiffany Okimura

Director of Events

Tiffany Okimura

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Kelli Sum


Director of Finance

Tosh Mitsuda


Reception Coordinator

Katie Okamoto



International Relations Manager

Arisa Hiroi


Fundraising/Sponsorship Manager

Asaki Osato

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Website Manager

Nina Myers

And countless of other volunteers!

Are you a former court member? Join this Facebook Group to get the latest event news and volunteer opportunities!