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:
Tohoku Tomo trailer:

If you cannot attend, please donate here: . 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.

Spooktacular Halloween Trick or Treat Party & Parade

September 29th, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Japantown Peace Plaza and Japan Center Malls
Post and Buchanan Streets, San Francisco

Japan Center Malls halloween2014_pressThe Japan Center Malls would like to invite you to join us for a safe and fun Halloween celebration in the city with lots of activities and fun for kids!  Families are encouraged to bring their kids in full costumes for games, activities and Trick or Treating at dozens of merchants in the East and West Malls.

Millbrae’s 9th Annual Japanese Culture Festival

September 29th, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Civic Center Place, One Library Avenue, Millbrae

The festival will include live stage entertainment, delicious food (including Beer and Sake), vendor booths, hands-on crafts, cultural demonstrations and activities for all.  For more information, please visit

Movement in Paper: The Evolving Form of Origami

April 25th, 2014
May 1 – July 15, 2014
The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Union
San Francisco State University

“Movement in Paper” pushes the edges of origami with shapes that delight and inspire design, innovation, and interaction. The collection brings together local Bay Area and international origami artists who create modern sculpture and inventive forms from paper. Try your hand at folding, experience a cultural art from Japan, and be amazed by the many dimensions of modern origami.

Presented by the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture, The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Union and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center.

For more information, visit their website:

Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot

April 25th, 2014
April 19 – July 27, 2014

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of groundbreaking alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, the Oakland Museum of Ca. features the major exhibition, SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot featuring works by 15 contemporary artists who have been a part of the magazine’s social and cultural evolution. Co-curated by Giant Robot visionary Eric Nakamura and OMCA’s Associate Curator of Art & Material Culture Carin Adams, SuperAwesome presents new or recent works by California and international-based artists affiliated with the influential magazine that brought Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture to mainstream audiences in the United States.

Artworks in the exhibition represent a range of mediums, including mural art, sculpture, illustration, portraiture, large-scale installations, graphic novels, photography, and more.

For more information, visit their website:

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

April 15th, 2014

The 2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival® now celebrating its 47th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. The event is free and open to the public. Vendors will be charging for their food goods and some retail products; and some specialized events will require a fee.

April 12-13 and April 19-20 2014

Food Booth (Webster at Post)
Cultural Exhibits (various locations)
Entertainment (various locations)

Sunday, April 20

Grand Parade (from Civic Center to Japantown – main street Post from Polk)

For more information, visit their website:

March 11 Remembrance: Let’s Keep the Flowers Blooming

April 15th, 2014

flowers bloom imageOn March 11, 2014, we gathered to the remember the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and shared this video. Guest were asked to write a note of hope and friendship to the thousands in Northern Japan who are still working to rebuild their lives and communities. Click on the image to see the video that was shared at the event.


First Lady Laura Bush Designates San Francisco Japantown as a Preserve America Community

March 27th, 2008

Preserve America signageSan Francisco’s Japantown was honored in March 2008, when First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities.

“Preserve America Communities demonstrate that they are committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment,” Mrs. Bush said. Read the rest of this entry »