This past weekend was Bay to Breakers! Interestingly enough, this race is “an annual footrace operated by Wasserman Events and has run continuously for over 100 years as a staple to the City by the Bay. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.”

It’s so unqiue that this crazy race has been going on for more than 100 years! I have no idea if the runners and celebrators back then were as crazy back then but if you joined in this past Sunday, you sure get a sense of San Francisco at its very finest when it comes to creativity and openness. I mean, who doesn’t like wearing crazy costumes and prancing around all of San Francisco for an entire day. Besides, the cops appeared to be way more lenient this year, which led to more fun!

A bay-to-breakers photo adventure:

Last weekend I went to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s the fiftieth anniversary of this festival so it’s a big deal this year! It just so happens that this Cherry Blossom festival goes on for two weekends so in case you missed it last weekend, you can still make it there today (or tomorrow). There were tons of people at this festival being held in Japantown and this weekend there’s even a parade. I don’t think I’m going to make it down there again this weekend, but last week I did enjoy trying a few of the food vendors, perusing the various stalls selling Japan-related merchandise, being jostled around in the crowd, and generally exploring parts of Japantown that I didn’t even know existed. It’s crazy how much more there is to explore in this City!


Welcome!


Hello Kitty for life


Performances


Japanese-style hot dogs


A few of the VERY FEW cherry blossoms actually in bloom