As a first year vendor at the 40th Annual San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, I had many unexpected but much welcomed surprises. First, I was lucky enough to have my good friend, Cherry, helping out in the booth. Throughout the day, we filled our bellies with Chicken Karage, mochi, seaweed salad, Unagi-don bowls. The best part about the day (besides the weather which was San Francisco fantabulous) was reconnecting with friends and family who I haven’t seen in ages. Berkeley college connections and old friends, Asian Law Caucus buddies, and other community activists who I haven’t seen in ages. Fairs are about bringing community together. The SF Cherry Blossom was all that plus some. I can’t wait to do it again next year!