“Cherry Blossoms, cherry blossoms.
Across March skies
As far as you can see.
Mists or clouds?
Their fragrance is floating.
Let us go, let us go
It’s a must to see!”
Hello Japan Society Boston members! My name is Angelica Sincavage, I am a graduate of Stonehill College, and this past year I completed a year of National Service with AmerCorps teaching English and Math in an afterschool program in South Boston. I am very interested in the Japanese system of education and recently obtained my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification. I hope to travel to Japan someday to teach English there. I am interested in all things educational and cultural involving Japan. Next month I will be representing Massachusetts at the “2018 Cherry Blossom Princess Program” in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the National Conference of State Societies, this annual event welcomes young women between the ages of 19 and 24 “selected for their leadership, academic achievements, and interest in social, civic, community and world affairs” who travel to Washington to participate in Japanese-American cultural, educational, philanthropic, and leadership activities. Highlights of the week include the Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony, the Cherry Blossom Congressional Reception, the Delegates’ Celebration of States, the National Cherry Blossom Parade down Constitution Avenue, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, and of course the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception where a spin of the wheel of fortune will determine which Princess will be crowned “2018 United States National Cherry Blossom Queen.” It is the chance of a lifetime for a young woman who as an American ambassador will have the opportunity to travel to Japan to meet with dignitaries and others to help pave the way renewing ongoing relationships between our two countries and fostering connections with a new generation.
I am reaching out to Japan Society of Boston friends and members to see if anyone might be willing to help me raise funds towards the $500 registration fee required to participate in the event. Every donation no matter how modest will be cherished and appreciated. Thank you in advance for your consideration. –Angelica