JAL Foundation – 14th Annual World Children’s Haiku Contest

November 5th, 2015






The JAL Foundation announces the theme “Morning,” for its 2015-2016 World Children’s Haiku Contest for 2015-2016.  Closing date for entries is February 15, 2016.

For more information, including application and composition rules, please visit the JAL Foundation website or click JAL Foundation_Haiku 2015_Flyer or learn more about the World Children’s Haiku Contest on YouTube.

Kabuki Theatre on Film: “The Demon Spider”

October 9th, 2015

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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Interested in Japanese Kabuki theatre? Join JCCCNC for a special Halloween-themed class focusing on a video of the Kabuki dance drama, “The Demon Spider” (Kumo no Hyoushimai).

The commander Minamoto Yorimitsu has been sent to an ancient, deserted place with his four faithful retainers to investigate reports of strange apparitions.Suddenly, a beautiful woman appears in the form of a professional dancer, seeming to be in love with him. At last, one of the men warns that, despite appearing to be a charming woman, by the light of the torch flames she casts a strange shadow that resembles a spider…. (synopsis)

The play features an all-star cast in one of Kabuki’s spookiest dance dramas, just in time for Halloween! Preceded by the short stage scene, “The Danmari at Otowa Peak,” featuring the first appearance on stage by Fujima Taiga, the three-year-old son of Kabuki actor Onoe Shoroku.

In Japanese with English translation. Class is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring snacks. All ages welcome!

If you are curious about why Kabuki’s unique combination of drama, music, dance, and spectacle continues to entertain millions every year, “here’s your chance to see one of the finest Kabuki films ever made, free, amongst fans and experts who will gladly fill you in on all the social and historical aspects of the performance” (Flavorpill “Editor’s Pick”).

What is Kabuki? Click here for a good introduction.

Register here!:

(415) 567-5505; communications@jetaanc.org

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Presented by JETAANC Kabuki Club. Co-sponsored by Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

Cutie and the Boxer – PBS POV Documentary Advance Screening

August 19th, 2015

cutie-screening-flyer copyCutie and the Boxer – PBS POV Documentary Advance Screening
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Admission: FREE

Watch a FREE special advance screening of the Academy Award®-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer at the JCCCNC before its national broadcast debut on PBS’ POV series! Cutie and the Boxer is a moving account of the chaotic and unconventional 40-year love affair and creative partnership between New York City-based action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, also an artist. The screening will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 2pm.

Documentary screening generously provided by PBS POV. The advance national PBS broadcase will be on September 18, 2015. For more information and to watch the movie trailer, go to www.pbs.org/pov/cutieandtheboxer/

To RSVP, Call JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail us at programsevents@jcccnc.org



“Being Japanese American…” Book Signing with Author Gil Asakawa

August 5th, 2015

Being JAJCCCNC and the San Francisco JACL Chapter Present: A Conversation and Booksigning with Author Gil Asakawa on “Being Japanese American, A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa… and Their Friends”

Join us for a FREE discussion sessionand booksigning with author Gil Asakawa on the newly revised edition of his book, “Being Japanese American, A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa… and Their Friends” on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 1:30pm at the JCCCNC Issei Memorial Hall (downstairs).

Gil Asakawa is a Denver-based Japanese American writer and is a  regular contributor to the JACL’s national newspaper, The Pacific Citizen, as well as author of the blog Nikkei View.

This fun and entertaining sourcebook is a celebration of Japanese American history and heritage.  While detailing favorite foods, customs, words, games and holidays, it explores the painful history of immigration and WWII Internment, with suggestions for connecting to your Japanese American community and passing on traditions across generations and into intermarried families.

 This revised edition has fresh interviews with Japanese Americans about their life experiences and explores contemporary Japanese pop culture like anime and j-pop, with information on traveling to Japan with resources on the Web.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail sfjacl@yahoo.com

English Rakugo

August 5th, 2015

Rakugo-Flyer-copy-232x300English Rakugo – Japanese Traditional Storytelling in English Featuring Kanariya Eiraku and Company
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Admission: FREE

Join us for an evening of Rakugo, a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. The program will be presented by Kanariya Eiraku of Tokyo, Japan, and will provide insights to the nuances of Japanese humor to English speaking audiences. Admission is FREE.

The English Rakugo program is sponsored by the JCCCNC, Hokka Nichibeikai, San Mateo Japanese American Community Center and sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC).

To RSVP, Call JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail us at programsevents@jcccnc.org


Mashi Murakami Book Signing Events

June 3rd, 2015


Join legend Masanori Murakami, author Robert Fitts and filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer on their national book signing tour for a discussion on Japanese baseball and Mashi’s role as Japan’s first Major Leaguer!

mashiThursday, July 9, 2015
6:00 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library*
100 Larkin Street

*Books for $25 and balls/cards also available for sale.

Friday, July 10, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Kinokuniya Bookstore**
1581 Webster Street
Japantown San Francisco

**Only books purchased at Kinokuniya will be signed at this event.

Please confirm dates and times with venues.
For more information on the national book signing tour (June 27 – July 11) including their visit to San Jose, click here.

Kabuki Theatre on Film: “Sukeroku, Flower of Edo”

April 30th, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015
2:00 p.m.
JCCCNC 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco


Interested in Japanese Kabuki theatre?  Join us for a special class focusing on a film screening of one of the most popular plays in Kabuki theatre. “Sukeroku, Flower of Edo” takes you deep into the “floating world” of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, a world of gorgeous courtesans, young heroes, and dastardly villains. The story tells of how the dashing folk hero Sukeroku and his partner Agemaki, the top courtesan at the Miuraya teahouse, conspire to defeat the corrupt samurai Ikyu. The play features an all-star cast.

In Japanese with English translation. Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!

To register, please visit http://kabukiclubsukeroku.eventbrite.com

For more information, please visit http://www.jetaanc.org/kabuki-club/


Congressional Gold Medal Dinner

April 16th, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

CGM_Dinner_Invitation_FlyerA special fundraising event, organized to support the Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition which highlights the stories of the World War II Nisei Soldiers, will be held on Friday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose and will feature a thank you to former Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  For more information, visit the National Veterans Network.  To sponsor a table or purchase tickets, click here or mail a completed sponsorship form to the National Veterans Network at P.O. Box 1221, Torrance, CA 90505.



April 15th, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Union Bank Community Room
Japan Center, East Mall – First Floor


Tohoku Tomo Film Screening

February 27th, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.
New People Cinema
1746 Post Street, San Francisco


1508548_366972256840630_100592107550398771_nTohoku Tomo is a story of true friendship and commitment to Japan’s recovery by the international community following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.  Come and see this San Francisco premiere and help raise funds for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation, which benefits the children and families of Tohoku, who are still recovering and are in need of continued help.

Post-film Q&A via video call with the director (and JET alum), Wesley Julian, and film subject (and JET alum) Canon Purdy of Save Miyagi. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Foundation. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets and details: https://ttsf.eventbrite.com/
Tohoku Tomo trailer: http://tohokutomo.com/

If you cannot attend, please donate here: http://goto.gg/f/8904 . You can also donate via your mobile phone by texting “GIVE 16414” to 80088 to donate $10. All donations made on March 10 will be matched by GlobalGiving.

Presented by JETAANC. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco (在サンフランシスコ日本国総領事館) and Choya Umeshu.