Proof of Vaccination with Valid Photo ID Required

July 30th, 2021

(Posted 8/19/2021)

Beginning August 20, 2021, all program and rental participants must show proof of full vaccination and provide a valid photo ID upon entry to the Center.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) announced that individuals will be required to show proof of full vaccination for indoor activities effective August 20, 2021 until further notice (Safer Return Together Health Order (C19-07y)

The requirement to continue to wear masks while in indoor public settings will also remain in effect until further notice.

The Center will therefore require the following upon entry to the building, and to participate in program and rental activities:

1)  Program participants MUST preregister and show proof of full vaccination, along with a valid photo ID, to participate in the Center’s in-person programs/events. A negative test will no longer be accepted.

2) Everyone who enters the facility is REQUIRED to wear a mask, regardless of your vaccination status.

3)The Center will continue to follow the advice of health officials and adjust our policies accordingly.


2021 Annual Sweepstakes Tickets On Sale Now

July 28th, 2021


Tickets are now on sale for our 2021 Annual Sweepstakes featuring 3 grand prizes!  Be sure to purchase early to be included in our four early bird drawings for Japantown gift cards for restaurants and retail stores.  All drawings will be held on Facebook Live.  Winners do not need to be present or watch to win.  All early bird winning tickets will be added back in for all future drawings.

Early Bird Drawing Dates:
August 13th (tickets must be reserved by August 10th)
August 27th (tickets must be reserved by August 24th)
September 17th (tickets must be reserved by September 14th)
October 1st (tickets must be reserved by September 28th)

Grand Prize Drawing:
Extended to Friday, October 15, 2021

Ticket Prices:
9 for $100
3 for $50
1 for $25

Prize #1
Hawaii Getaway
Hawaiian Airlines and Waikiki Prince Weekend Getaway

80,000 Hawaiian Miles (good for travel from Bay Area to Hawaii)
3 Nights Stay at the Waikiki Prince Hotel, Honolulu with Dinner for Two or Golf for 2 at the Hawaii Prince Golf Club
Winner is responsible for additional air charges (above 80,000 miles), hotel incidentals and additional hotel nights, if interested.
Travel must be completed by September 30, 2022
Prize Value: $2,500.00


Prize #2
Royal Caribbean Cruise for two
Choice of 5nt Western Caribbean or 7nt Cabo/Vallarta/Mazatlan Cruise

The cruise includes fare and taxes, winner is responsible for incidentals and transportation to/from port. Blackout dates apply, see cruise options for details.
Must book travel by November 15, 2021.
Travel must be completed by November 15, 2022
Prize value: Up to $2,000 depending on sailing date
Prize #3
Home Away from Home Vacation through Shell Vacations Club
Enjoy up to a week stay, based on 5,150 points, at one of Shell Vacations Resort locations. Resorts feature varied amenities including kitchens, DVD players, pools, barbecue areas and recreational activities. Locations include: Donatello Hotel in San Francisco, Orange Tree Resort in Scottsdale, The Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, Desert Rose Resort in Las Vegas, The Cliffs Club in Kauai, Waikiki Marina at the Ilikai in Waikiki
The winner is responsible for incidentals and travel to the destination.
Must book travel by December 31, 2021
Travel must be completed by November 15, 2022
Prize Value: Up to $1,900.00

Kimo No Waste – The Center’s Mottainai Project

July 27th, 2021

(Posted 7/27/2021) Last week, the Center debuted a project to encourage individuals of all ages to think about how we can re-appreciate the things we have in our house to make a beautiful “new” item.

Before we show you the finished project, we wanted to provide the background story of how the kimoNO WASTE project came to life.

During the Shelter in Place restrictions, the Center, like many of you, did some purging of items hidden deep on closet shelves and in boxes that have not been open for many years.  One of the discoveries was many sets of well-used and well-loved hanafuda*cards.

(Example of Hanafuda Cards)

The Center used to sponsor a vibrant weekly program of hanafuda players who have since passed away or are no longer able to play.  Many of the sets had the names of the owners so we wanted to find some way to honor their interest.

At the same time, the Center was asked to create an activity for the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics as we partnered with NBC Bay Area-the official broadcast network for the Olympic Games, to celebrate the occasion in Japantown’s Peace Plaza.

Japan has a long tradition of a no-waste philosophy that is commonly referred to as mottainai.  The citizens of Japan launched a 2-year ecological project founded on the mottainai belief by creating a repository for people to donate their old cell phones, small metal objects and other metals.  This drive collected over 78 tons of materials which were then repurposed to make the medals that are being awarded at the Tokyo Games.

(Olympic Medals made from recycled materials)

Thus following the lead of the movement in Japan, the Center created their own mottainai project incorporating the rediscovered hanafuda tiles with tiles that were designed out of donated scraps of paper, fabric, plastics and other items found in homes.

(Samples of the tiles made by participants)

The result of this project is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind art piece that illustrates how even a tiny strip of material or an empty plastic bag can be used to have a new and significant purpose.

So before you throw out your trash for the day, take a look and see how you can create your own mottainai, NO WASTE project!

Our mottainai project was designed by Kase Intern Kadi Miura.  We will be minimizing the piece and framing it to be sold at the Center’s Silent Auction in September.

Many thanks to the donors of this project who shared their treasured remnants and other household items for us to put this project together.  We also thank the individuals who created a tile to contribute to our project!


*hanafuda (flower cards) is a Japanese game that consists of a set of 48 cards with 12 unique suits corresponding to the 12 months of the year.

Gold Over America Tour Starring Simone Biles

July 15th, 2021


(Posted 7/15/21)
Join the Center at the Gold Over America Tour Starring Simone Biles and an All-Star Team of Champion Gymnasts on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at Chase Center.  Take advantage of group tickets and avoid added-on service fees. The show starts at 7:30 pm and seats are located in section 217 rows 6 and 7.

Learn more and purchase your tickets today!


Learn more about the Gold Over America Tour

Sake Day Tickets On Sale Now

July 15th, 2021

(Posted 7/15/21) SAKE DAY 2021 tickets are on sale now!  True Sake the Bay Area’s Original Sake people host the 16th Annual Sake Celebration that is all things sake and sake appreciation.  Planned for Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown from 4-8pm.  All ticket proceeds will benefit the Center so come support!  Hurry and get your tickets before we are sold out.  Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased at

About the Event

Taste Sake, Learn Sake, Buy Sake Safely.

We are back and ready to Get Our Sake On!

16 amazing years and 16 years of “Sold Out” SAKE DAYs – so don’t miss out – order your tickets now.

  • Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing Discounts
  • Meet the Top Professionals in the Sake Market
  • Meet Craft Sake Makers
  • Meet your Favorite Sake
  • Taste some of the most popular sakes in Japan, especially from cult sake breweries
  • Try over 120 different imported and craft sake
  • Souvenir Cup – Booklet Program with Discounts
  • Try It – Like It – Buy It – with FREE shipping in California

Learn more and purchase your tickets today!

Job Opportunities

July 9th, 2021

(Posted 7/15/21) 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 help make a difference in people’s lives while contributing toward the future of the Japanese American community, maybe a career at the Center is for you.

We currently have positions open in our Programs Department. Learn more here on our Employment Opportunities page.

June 15th Updated Health and Safety Requirements

June 14th, 2021

(Posted 6/14/2021) Our constituents, staff and community’s health and safety remain our highest priority. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) announced that effective June 15, 2021, face coverings and social distancing, along with capacity limits and most other restrictions for facilities like the Center would be rescinded. The Center will continue to safely restart programs as the rest of the community, City and State continue to reopen. READ More…


Have questions on our current health ans safety policies?  View FAQs on Current Health and Safety Policies. Should you have additional questions, please contact us at (415) 567-5505 or emails us at

Nikkei Open winners are up

June 7th, 2021

(Posted 6/7/2021) The results and winners are posted from our 26th Annual Nikkei Open Golf Tournament.  Visit our Nikkei Open page to view the results from the tournament and raffle and foursome prize winner boards.  Thank you to our sponsors, donors and participants for your support of our charity tournament.  We are looking forward to next year.

In-Person Programs Return

June 4th, 2021

(Posted 6/4/2021) In-person programs have returned! Here is a list of current and upcoming in-person programs being held.  Contact or call (415) 567-5505 to learn more and to register.  Participants must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to participate.  Masks are also required.

  • Mah Jongg (resumed May 4, 2021)
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm-3:30pm
  • Open Gym Basketball (resumed May 10, 2021)
    • Mondays and Wednesday 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Asian American Writing (resumed May 19, 2021)
    • Wednesdays 10:00am-11:30am
  • Bridge (resumed May 28, 2021)
    • Fridays 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • San Francisco Kendo Dojo (resumes June 3, 2021)
    • Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Beyond Basics Art (resumes June 5, 2021)
    • Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Line Dancing (resumes June 15, 2021)
    • Tuesdays and Fridays 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • Community Volleyball (resumes June 15, 2021)
    • Tuesdays 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Watercolor (resumes June 21, 2021)
    • Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm

We are still masking up at the Center

May 17th, 2021

(Updated 5/17/21) Mask-wearing and social distancing will remain in place at the Center.

Click here to view our full statement on masks and social distancing