•  Welcome Back! We Missed You!

    Opening May 3, 2021

  •  PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS

    The Center serves an estimated 180,000 people annually through its classes, programs and workshops, and community events, hosting over 80 on-going classes and programs for people of all ages. Read More

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    Open to all, membership is the most meaningful way to instantly become part of the Center family. Enjoy benefits while supporting your community. Join Today!

  •  Center Census 2020

    By filling out the Center Census, you are helping us understand our constituents and cater our efforts to best serve the community’s needs. Click here to take survey.

  •  Reserve your Nikkei Youth Raffle tickets to support youth programming!

    This year’s Nikkei Youth Raffle features 3 early bird drawings and a grand prize drawing on Wednesday, May 5 (Children’s Day)! All drawings will be held on Facebook Live. Reserve tickets here!

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    Up to Five $5,000 Scholarships Available for 2021 College Internship Program
    Applications due April 23, 2021. Learn more here / Link to 2021 Application

 
 
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After 13 months we are ready to welcome you back to the Center.   On Monday, May 3, 2021, we will reopen our doors.  Our programs and activities will be slowly phased in and a full list of programs and schedules will be available soon. Click here to view the Center’s Reopening Plan.  We look forward to welcoming you back soon.  Please stay safe and take care.


Support Youth Programs at the Center!

This year, we will have three early bird drawings and a grand prize drawing on May 5, 2021 (Children’s Day) held on Facebook Live. Tickets are $100 for 18, $70 for 12, $35 for 6 or $7 each. Learn more about our youth raffle here. Reserve tickets here!


The 26th Annual Nikkei Open Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.  Click here to learn more about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and prize and raffle donations!  We hope to see you in Half Moon Bay for our first in-person event since March 2020.



Complete the Center Census TODAY! Help us understand our constituents and cater our efforts to best serve the community’s needs. Click here to take the survey.


We’re looking for new instructors!

Have a skill or hobby that you want to share? We’re searching for new instructors who can add their talents to the diverse programs we offer each year. Take a moment to fill out our Instructor Recruitment form here


Job Opportunities

Inspiring, Creative, Committed, Detail-oriented, Team-Player, Positive and Outgoing – if these are some of the words that describe your work values and you want to make a difference in people’s lives, maybe a career at the Center is for you.

Visit the employment opportunities page here


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ALL IN-PERSON CLASSES and WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED until further notice.

Upcoming Virtual Workshops and Programs:


Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Egg-straordinary Dishes!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our challenge for this month’s virtual potluck is to make and share a Japanese dish made with eggs! More…


Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda
Japan and San Francisco During the Early Cold War

Thursday. April 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In the first of our 2-part lecture series with historian Dr. Meredith Oda, learn about Japantown’s post-war development. More…


Ukulele 101: For the True Beginner 4-week Workshop Series

Saturdays, April 24 – May 15, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Our 4-week series for complete beginners will get you strumming and playing the ukulele with instructor Don Sadler. More…


JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 Basketball Player Ryan Tana

Saturday, April 24, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

From local J-leagues to playing internationally, don’t miss your chance to meet Ryan Tana, player and co-owner of professional 3 on 3 basketball team Tokyo Crayon 3×3. More…


Kenji’s Kitchen: Chicken Karaage Online Cooking Class

Sunday, April 25, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Chef Kenji Yokoo will teach you how to make the crispiest, most delicious fried chicken karaage and cabbage salad for this month’s cooking class. More…


Spring Kaiseki Cooking Workshop

Saturday, May 1, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Our seasonal kaiseki cooking classes are now being offered virtually! Prepare a multi-course traditional kaiseki meal with the flavors and colors of spring. More…


2021 Virtual Children’s Day Festival

Saturday, May 1, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gather the kids and join us on Facebook Live for our annual Japanese Children’s Day celebration! More…


Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: JA’s and African Americans in Western Addition Redevelopment

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Our second lecture with Dr. Oda discusses the connections and shared struggle of the Japanese American and African American communities in Japantown and the Fillmore during 1960’s redevelopment. More…


Ongoing Virtual Classes:


Ito Yosakoi Dance Group

Learn modern yosakoi dance with the Ito Yosakoi dance group!

Virtual Dance Season: Spring 2021

Fridays, February 5, 2021 – April 30, 2021
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Click here to register online


Virtual Senior Chair Aerobics Class

Every Thursday
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Our senior chair aerobics class is now being held online via Zoom every Thursday! Stay active while we shelter in place! More…


Your Family, Your History Genealogy Webinar Series Videos Now Available!

For those of you who missed our genealogy series with genealogist Linda Harms-Okazaki, lifetime access to the full online video course and materials are now available for purchase! Learn how to research your family records in both the US and Japan as well as how to write and keep memories of your family alive for future generations! More…

  • Upcoming Events

    Apr
    13
    Tue
    6:00 pm Community Kitchen Virtual Potluc...
    Community Kitchen Virtual Potluc...
    Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Egg-straordinary Dishes @ Online | San Francisco | California | United States
    Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck: Egg-straordinary Dishes Join us for this month’s Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck and share your favorite Japanese dishes made with eggs over Zoom! Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.[...]
    Apr
    16
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Apr
    22
    Thu
    6:00 pm Japantown History Series with Dr...
    Japantown History Series with Dr...
    Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japan and San Francisco During the Early Cold War @ Zoom
    Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japan and San Francisco During the Early Cold War Co-Sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free[...]
    Apr
    23
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Apr
    24
    Sat
    2:00 pm Ukulele 101 Online Workshops – A...
    Ukulele 101 Online Workshops – A...
    Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – May 15 @ 3:30 pm
    Ukulele 101 Online Workshops - April 2021 @ Online | San Francisco | California | United States
    Ukulele 101 Online Workshops for the True Beginner April 2021 Saturdays, April 24 – May 15, 2021 2:00pm-3:30pm Instructor: Don Sadler $90 Center Members, $110 General Public This four-week course via Zoom will cover basic skills starting[...]
    4:00 pm JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 ...
    JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 ...
    Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    JA Talks: Meet Professional 3x3 Basketball Player Ryan Tana @ Zoom
    JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 Basketball Player Ryan Tana Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Admission, Advance Registration Required Connect via Zoom; meeting ID and password provided upon registration Register online:[...]
    Apr
    25
    Sun
    11:00 am Kenji’s Kitchen – Chicken Karaag...
    Kenji’s Kitchen – Chicken Karaag...
    Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Kenji's Kitchen - Chicken Karaage Online Cooking Class @ Online | San Francisco | California | United States
    Sign up for our online cooking webinar with chef Kenji Yokoo and learn how to make delicious, crispy fried chicken karaage! Sunday, April 25, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $7 Center Members / $10[...]
    May
    1
    Sat
    11:00 am Spring 2021 Kaiseki Cooking Work...
    Spring 2021 Kaiseki Cooking Work...
    May 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Spring 2021 Kaiseki Cooking Workshop @ Online | San Francisco | California | United States
    Spring Kaiseki Workshop Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Instructor: Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi $7 Center Members, $10 General Public Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon[...]
    3:00 pm 2021 Virtual Children’s Day Fest...
    2021 Virtual Children’s Day Fest...
    May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    2021 Virtual Children's Day Festival @ Facebook Live
    2021 Virtual Children’s Day Festival Saturday, May 1, 2021 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Watch for free on the Center’s Facebook Page While we miss being able to hold our annual Kodomo no Hi (Japanese[...]
    May
    7
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    May 7 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    May
    14
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    May 14 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    May
    20
    Thu
    6:00 pm Japantown History Series with Dr...
    Japantown History Series with Dr...
    May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japanese Americans and African Americans in Western Addition Redevelopment @ Zoom
    Japantown History Series with Dr. Meredith Oda: Japanese Americans and African Americans in Western Addition Redevelopment Co-Sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free[...]
    May
    21
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    May 21 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 3 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    May
    28
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    May 28 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Jun
    4
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 17 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Jun
    11
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Jun
    18
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
    Jun
    25
    Fri
    7:00 pm Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with...
    Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 9:00 pm
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance Class with Ito Yosakoi @ Online via Zoom | San Francisco | California | United States
    Virtual Yosakoi Dance with Ito Yosakoi Fridays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group Zoom Login Info Provided Upon Registration Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group’s weekly classes via Zoom to learn the[...]
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