Membership Benefit – Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game Tour

December 23rd, 2021

(Posted 12/23/21) CENTER MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: 

Join the Center on Saturday, January 15th at 1 p.m. as we welcome the Harlem Globetrotters for their Spread Game tour in San Francisco! Seats are in section 114, rows 6 and 7 of the Chase Center in San Francisco.

Click here to purchase your tickets today before we sell out! Center members receive discounted tickets at just $54 each. If you are not a Center member, ask a Center member to purchase tickets for you or consider joining as a member at this link.

Please contact Membership Coordinator Elena Nielsen at enielsen@jcccnc.org with any questions.

Updated Health and Safety Protocols

December 20th, 2021

(Posted 12/20/2021)  As of today, masks and proof of full vaccination will be required at all times while inside the Center and our facility.  This change will be in effect until further notice.  We appreciate your understanding.

Annual Holiday Building Closure

December 17th, 2021

(Posted 12/17/21) The Center will be closed between December 24, 2021, through January 9, 2022, for annual building maintenance and cleaning.  We will reopen and resume regularly scheduled business hours on Monday, January 10, 2022.  Happy Holidays from the Center.

Join us to Support SF Japantown!

December 2nd, 2021
Join us to Support SF Japantown!

 

Please join us to support our small businesses and community activities in SF Japantown during the month of December.

 

Calendar of Events

 

5pm-December 10 (Friday)

Shop and Dine in the 49

This City sponsored event will promote neighborhood small businesses by featuring a trolley car to visit various districts in December.  Japantown will be featured as part of this unique activity!  (shopdine49.com)

 

Until December 13th

Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Crafts Fair

Get your shopping done as well as support a great organization!

(www.kimochi-inc.org)

 

11-5:45p-December 18 (Saturday)

Mochitsuki Workshop-JCCCNC

Deadline for Registration: 12/10/21 (9-30 minute shifts will be scheduled)

(415) 567-5505

 

7p-December 31 (Friday)

New Year’s Eve and Metta Service-Buddhist Church of SF

(bcsfoffice@gmail.com)

 

10:30p-December 31 (Friday)

Joya no Kane (Bell Ringing Service)-Soto Mission of SF-Sokoji

(info@sokoji.org)

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!   This list was compiled by the SF Nihonmachi Community Coalition (NCC) to promote tourism, visiting and shopping in Japantown.

Asian Heritage Night with the Golden State Warriors

November 5th, 2021

Join the Center for Asian Heritage Night as we watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Toronto Raptors at the Chase Center on Sunday, November 21st at 5:30 pm! Each ticket purchased from the Center comes with a limited-edition Warriors Asian Heritage Night 2021 T-shirt.

Click here to purchase your tickets today before we sell out! Center members receive discounted tickets at $65 each. The general public rate is $70 each.

Please contact Membership Coordinator Elena Nielsen at enielsen@jcccnc.org or at (415) 567-5505 with any questions.

See you at the game! Let’s go Warriors!

Updated Health and Safety Requirements

November 1st, 2021

(Posted 11/1/2021) Beginning November 1, 2021, the Center will ease the requirement to wear a mask while participating in Center On-Going registered programs and rentals.

We will still require ALL participants and visitors to show proof of full vaccination and provide a valid photo ID upon entry AND wear a mask in public spaces (lobby and restrooms).

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) announced that individuals would no longer be required to wear a mask in certain indoor settings where participants are in stable groups and are all fully vaccinated, as noted on October 13, 2021, Safer Return Together Health Order (C19-07y).

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

  1. Program participants MUST preregister and show proof of complete vaccination, along with a valid photo ID, to participate in the Center’s in-person programs/events. We will no longer accept a negative test result to participate.
  2. Everyone is REQUIRED to wear a mask in public spaces and for monthly or one-time workshops/events.
  3. The Center will continue to follow the advice of health officials and adjust our policies accordingly.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN HELPING US KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY AND SAFE.

Tabemasho: 35th Anniversary Since Opening Our Doors

October 5th, 2021

(Posted 10/5/2021) Join us on Saturday, October 16, 2021, as we celebrate 35 years since opening our doors.  Our celebration will take place virtually on our website and Facebook page beginning at 4:00 pm.  Our program will be available to view anytime after 4:00 pm.  To learn more and to view our event visit our Tabemasho page.

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.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION IN HELPING US KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY AND SAFE.

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!

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*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