65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Heather Omori Reflects on the Past Year

Gwen Battad Ishikawa

As any Cherry Blossom Festival queen will tell you, their year as queen was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a whirlwind one at that.

It’s been nearly a year since Heather Kiyomi Omori was crowned the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival queen. On March 17, she will pass on her sash and scepter to next year’s queen.

“It’s been amazing,” she says of her experience. “When they say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey, it really is, and it goes by so fast.”

Joining Omori on her journey were five other women — First Princess and Miss Popularity Kirstie Maeshiro-Takiguchi; Princesses Jennifer Ezaki, Ruth Taketa and Kelly Ann Takiguchi; and Miss Congeniality Roxanne Takaesu.

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