The Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program

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The Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural program and celebration for young women ages 5 to 12 years old held each year in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival(c). The program, formally launched in 2012, is managed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS). Throughout one week of the Festival, Junior Cherry Blossom Princesses have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and social events celebrating the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

We are excited to announce there will be a Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Program this year!  As past participants we wanted to contact you first before opening this to the public.  We hope you understand that due to the current pandemic, the program will not be as it has been in previous years but we are working to make it  special for our young princesses.


We have changed the application process to mirror the adult Cherry Blossom Princess Program.  To apply please click on this link and complete the application: 2021 Junior Cherry Blossom Princess Application  You will still be able to attach a picture as before.


You must complete a form for each applicant! 


Payments to NCSS are accepted on the NCSS Junior Princess website page.


We are only accepting 30 Junior Princesses this year on a first come first serve basis.  The Sashing Event will be the kick off event on June 5th and under the current COVID 19 protocols, each Princess can only have one guest.  If DC's guidelines change, we may be able to change this.  We will have a ceremony and everyone will get a goodie bag.  More information to follow.


Junior Princesses will also be invited to the Lantern Lighting June 6th and will be recognized.  There are other events including the Lilly Pulitzer Fashion Show June 7th and Grand Ball June 10th.  Tickets will be available on a limited basis, again due to COVID 19 protocols.