TOHOKU SPRINGS BACK

February 26th, 2016

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WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PST)
WHERE: David Brower Center – 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
TICKETS: $75 general admission, $50 for students and faculty.

Umami Mart and the Center for Japanese Studies of UC Berkeley present Tohoku Springs Back, an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing — to commemorate the hardships endured in the Tohoku region in the last five years, and the people who are bringing positive change to the area.

The event will take place at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, on Saturday March 12. Tohoku Springs Back will feature DJ Marcy from Fukushima (owner of a record shop in Fukushima City called Little Bird) and Tori-chan, who owns a restaurant in Tokyo called Jicca (but she herself is from Minami-Soma, in Fukushima). Tori will cook for the event along with Casa de Kei, and DJ Marcy will spin records.

Local jazz band Otonowa will play a set and there will also be a special talk by Martin Fackler, former New York Times Bureau Chief of Japan – who was on the ground on 3/11/2011. He will talk about his experiences during this time as a journalist.

Event Menu
Local Fukushima Cuisine
By Jicca

Miso Roll with Shiso (しそ巻き)

Mushroom Kinpira (きのこのきんぴら)

AIZU SOBA Salad (会津蕎麦サラダ)

Shio Koji Pickles (三五八ピクルス)

Salmon & Ikura Pilaf (鮭はらこ炊き込みおにぎり)

Miso-marinated Roast Pork (豚ロース味噌漬け)

Anko & Chocolate Ball (あんこトリュフ)

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Drink Menu

Sake by Kibo and Momokawa
Beer by Coedo

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The two non-profit organizations we will be fundraising for will be:

1. Y-PLAN Japan (“Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now”), a UC Berkeley leadership and exchange program that has hosted 600 high schoolers from Tohoku since 2012. Through generous funding from SoftBank, 100 youth pursue a three-week intensive program on building leadership and social enterprise skills.

2. Safecast, a foundation selling kits to build geiger counters and encouraging people to share their radiation data online in a free, open-source website platform.

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Can’t join us for the event?

Donate to Safecast here.

Donate to TOMODACHI program here. In Step #4, write “TOMODACHI Program.”

 

Special book reading of SAMURAI RISING – The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune with author Pamela S. Turner

January 28th, 2016

Samurai Rising JKT_300Special book reading of SAMURAI RISING – The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune with author Pamela S. Turner

Sunday, February 28, 2016
1:00pm @ JCCCNC

Come to the JCCCNC on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 1:00pm for a special reading of the new book, Samurai Rising — The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune with the book’s author, Pamela S. Turner. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Young adult and older readers alike will be enthralled by Turner’s depiction of the life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, one of Japan’s most famous legendary samurai warriors of the 12th Century Heian era. Minamoto’s real life history is a sweeping tale of daring feats, bravery, revellion and revenge. Along with bold illustrations by artist Gareth Hinds, the book is sure to captivate readers and spark an interest in the historical sagas of feudal Japan.

RSVP by calling JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or e-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org

Praise for Samurai Rising: 

“..this account of the life of twelfth-century samurai Minamoto Yoshitsune is pure excitement. While he is known mostly through legends, Turner plumbs the archives to figure out who Yoshitsune—the man who redefined the samurai—really was.” – Booklist

pamela-turner-photo_mediumAbout the Author:

Upon following her childhood dream of becoming a children’s writer, Pam’s first book, Hachiko (Houghton Mifflin), won the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award for Picture Book Text and the BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award. Pam is also the author of The Frog Scientist, The Dolphins of Shark Bay, Crow Smarts (all in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientist in the Field series), and more. Pamela has three children and lives in Oakland, California.

More information on the book is available at the publisher’s website at: http://www.charlesbridge.com/collections/new-releases/products/samurai-rising

JETAANC Kabuki Club Presents Kabuki Theatre on Film: “Fight with a Koi Carp”

January 27th, 2016

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JCCCNC | 1840 Sutter St, San Francisco
Sunday, January 31, 2016
2:00pm

Interested in Japanese Kabuki theatre? Join us for a special class at JCCCNC focusing on a video of the Kabuki dance drama, “Fight with a Koi Carp.”

Register here:

http://fightwithakoicarp.eventbrite.com/

A young samurai falls in love with a beautiful princess. They dance, enjoying the beauty of spring, summer, and fall. That is, until he glances at his beloved’s shadow and realizes she’s actually a carp, transformed into human form to avenge the death of her carp fiance….

The play features an all-star cast in one of Kabuki’s most spectacular dance dramas! Preceded by the New Year’s dance drama, “Sambaso.”

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: http://www.kabuki-bito.jp/eng/

Presented by JETAANC Kabuki Club: http://www.jetaanc.org/kabuki

Co-sponsored by Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California: http://www.jcccnc.org/

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

November 5th, 2015

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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
2:00pm
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!:
http://demonspider.eventbrite.com

Contact:
(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

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
2:00pm-4:30pm
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

 

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“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

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Thursday, August 13, 2015
5:00pm-7:00pm
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

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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/