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April 7th, 2021

Join us for the 26th Annual Nikkei Open Golf tournament at Half Moon Bay Golf Links on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

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26th Annual Nikkei Open Golf Tournament

April 5th, 2021

Join us for the 26th Annual Nikkei Open Golf tournament at Half Moon Bay Golf Links on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

  Click here to learn more

Exclusive Sumo Fish designed Center T-Shirts!

April 5th, 2021

Exclusive Sumo Fish designed Center T-Shirts!  Get one today while supplies last.  Members take advantage of our special member rate of $15 each ($20 for the general public). 

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Support Youth Programs at the Center!

March 25th, 2021

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!

Welcome Back

March 25th, 2021

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.

WWII Series: Through the Wire with Ruth Asawa

September 17th, 2020

The Walt Disney Museum is extending their member rate of $8! to Center Members!  Please join them in this special Webinar featuring Ruth Asawa’s work.

Sat, Sep 26 | 2pm
$8 members | $12 non-members
Zoom Webinar
When San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa was interned in a camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, she found hope and inspiration among some of her fellow internees. She befriended and took drawing lessons from interned Disney animators Tom Okamato, Ben Tanaka, and Chris Ishii—a much-needed distraction from the oppression of camp life. After her release, Asawa would go on to become one of the most revered wire sculptors of our time, especially beloved by her adoptive city of San Francisco. In this special talk, hear from her son, Paul Lanier, and writer Marilyn Chase—author of Asawa’s latest biography, Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa (published by Chronicle Books)—as they discuss the effects that World War II, internment, and the artists she met there had on her monumental artistic career.

Please email for the discount code before signing up online.
To sign up for tickets, please visit

Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage by Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP)

June 2nd, 2020

The Center is a proud community partner of this year’s Tadaima! Community Virtual Pilgrimage program coordinated by Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP).

TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage


In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each of the annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration have been canceled. These pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities for descendants of the camps, the Japanese American community as a whole, and the wider public.

Recognizing the ongoing significance of these pilgrimages, we are excited to invite you to: “Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage,” which will take place from June 13th – August 16th, hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website.

The 9-week virtual event will feature various online programs for participants to attend and connect with members of the community while learning and sharing experiences from the WWII incarceration camps. Programs are planned for almost every day, so be sure to check the calendar on the JAMP website to see the complete schedule of planned online activities!



This is a collaborative undertaking that brings together representatives from many different parts of the Nikkei community as well as scholars, artists, and educators committed to actively memorializing the history of Japanese  American incarceration during WWII.


Rinko Shimasaki Enosaki has attended the Jerome/Rohwer pilgrimage two years in a row! In 2019, she brought two of her grandchildren for their first pilgrimage. Listen to how the experience changed how they see their grandmother.

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages


Our purpose is to create a centralized website that promotes pilgrimages and educates people about the WWII Japanese American incarceration camps. As a resource for all the pilgrimages, we provide pertinent information on traveling including dates, costs, registration and lodging. We will conduct interviews to share the pilgrimage experience in order to encourage the younger generations to attend and learn more about their families’ legacies. The interviews will be presented in short documentaries designed to express the importance of pilgrimage as a way to learn about this piece of America’s history. Our stories will not only focus on survivors, but also how the incarceration continues to impacts their descendants and our society as a whole.

For more information and to register for Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage online programs, go to the JAMP website at:

COVID-19 Update Archives

March 11th, 2020



The personal health and safety of our constituents is our number priority. We want to do everything possible for you to feel confident and comfortable returning to participate in our programs. For your safety we have completely cleaned, sanitized and/or repainted the walls on the first and second floors. We are also implementing the following health and safety procedures to better ensure your safety.

• Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at entrances
• Touchless hand soap dispensers

• Daily interior cleaning will continue
• Weekly sanitizing of the entire facility
• Frequent sanitizing of highly used/heavily touched areas
• Daily sanitizing of program/sports equipment (prior to/after use)
• Cleaning schedule of the restrooms will be posted

• Face masks will be required
• Social distancing protocols will be instituted
• Daily temperature checks of staff and instructors; and if participant(s) exhibit flu-like symptoms
• Employee/instructor training on our health/safety policies and procedures
• A clear partition at the reception desk will be installed

Click here to download the full Health and Safety Procedures Notice

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March 16, 2020 (updated 4.28.20)

The Center CLOSED through MAY 31st, due to extended “Stay At Home” Order

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) announced the extension of the order requiring all residents to stay at home, leaving only for certain essential activities like getting food/supplies, seeking medical treatment or to provide essential services. Therefore, the Center programs and activities will remain suspended and its offices will close through May 31, 2020.

Please see most recent updates from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) here; the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) here; and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here.

It is believed that the implementation of these severe measures will protect the health of vulnerable populations and help delay the rates of transmission of the COVID19 virus and reducing illness and death.

Although we are apart,
we are a COMMUNITY at Heart!

We know that many individuals consider the Center as a second home so we want you to know that you are not alone during this time. You are a member of the Center family and your health and well-being are our highest priority. We will continue to engage with you via our social media platforms (facebook and instagram), website, email and upcoming quarterly newsletter The Center. Please feel free to reach out to us by emailing, calling (response time may be delayed) or responding to our posts on social media.

As we receive further advisory notices, we will notify all of you as soon as we can.

Please be safe and take care!

The Center
(415) 567-5505 /

*Similar orders are in effect across the Bay Area, including in Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties and the City of Berkeley.

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March 12, 2020

The Center Announces a Temporary Suspension of Programs and Activities

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an updated statement indicating that all non-essential professional, social and community gatherings should be postponed or cancelled for at least the remainder of the month of March.

This directive includes gatherings of all sizes and ages, particularly for those individuals who are at a higher risk (Please click here for the notice from the CDPH).

It is believed that the implementation of these severe measures will help delay the rates of transmission of the COVID19 virus and reducing illness and death.

The Center will therefore suspend all regularly scheduled activities and programs, and workshops/special events until the end of March. We want to make sure that we do our part to keep everyone who walks through our doors safe and healthy during this period of uncertainty and into the future. However, during this time, our offices will remain open Monday-Friday, (9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.), and will be temporarily closed on the weekends.

We know that many individuals consider the Center as a second home so we want you to know that you are not alone during this time of postponement. Please feel free to reach out to us by calling or emailing or responding to our posts on social media.

As we receive further advisory notices, we will notify all of you as soon as we can.

Please take good care.

The Center
(415) 567-5505 /

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March 11, 2020

On March 6, 2020, the SF Department of Public Health issued recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including but not limited to:

*limiting outings for vulnerable populations (this population includes people who are 60 years old and older and people with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems); and
*to not attend large gatherings unless it is essential; and
*to not attend events or gatherings if sick

The Center will regularly review all events and classes to determine if changes or cancellations are required and will provide all updates on our website, social media and posted throughout the Center.

We will also continue to provide hand washing capabilities; will frequently clean tables, chairs, handrails and door knobs on a frequent basis, and find ways to create physical space to minimize close contact.

If you wish to stay at home during this time of uncertainty, we will be happy to reimburse or credit you for any class that you have registered for during this time.

Our concern is the safety and health of all who frequent the Center.

Please feel free to contact us about your concerns or comments.

We thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

The Center

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Message previously sent to Program Participants on March 6, 2020:

What the Center is Doing to keep our Members, Participants and Visitors Safe

We know that many people are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are too, so we are taking special precautions at the Center to make it as safe as possible for everyone who enters our doors.

Specifically, this is what we have done and will continue to do:

  • The Center is professionally cleaned every weekday.  This is a practice we have implemented for many years.
  • However, we now have included some additional steps to double clean and disinfect everything that individuals come into contact with such as chairs, tables, benches, faucets, toilets, sinks, and door handles. We have also reinstalled paper towel dispensers in all bathrooms to make sure that hands are properly dried before leaving the room.
  • The Center staff will work with our professional cleaner to wipe down and disinfect tables and chairs after each class and have ordered a hand sanitizer station to be utilized upon entering and exiting the Center.
  • Disinfectant foam/gel hand sanitizer pumps will be available for use as well.

Here are things you can do to help us in offering the safest environment possible:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.  It has been recommended that you wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Alcohol hand sanitizers can also keep your hands clean when you do not have access to a place to wash your hands.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Please stay home when you are sick or show any signs of not feeling well.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean and frequently disinfect objects that you bring into the Center, or upon entry, please use the disinfectant wipes.

We realize that everyone is very worried about this serious health outbreak, so we wish to reassure you that we will use our best efforts to make our Center a safe and healthy place now and in the future.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.  We can be reached by phone at (415)567-5505 or by email at

Things I Do For Money

January 27th, 2020

by Warren Sonoda at SF IndieFest

THINGS I DO FOR MONEY at San Francisco IndieFest
Screenings: Saturday, February 1 @ 7:15pm and Thursday, February 6 @ 9:15pm at the Roxie Theatre, San Francisco

Purchase tickets – HERE

In his 11th feature film, BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Warren P. Sonoda (Trailer Park Boys, Coopers Camera, 5ive Girls) brings his most personal and daring film to date, Things I Do For Money. His desire to reconnect with his Japanese-Canadian roots, coupled with an idea to explore genre-mash ups, creates a crime/caper/classical-cello movie with a cultural twist. At the centre of this maelstrom are newcomers Theodor and Maximilian Aoki, who not only star in the film, but also compose and perform the entire original score together on their cellos – two things they’ve never done before.

THINGS I DO FOR MONEY is about Eli and Nick Yaguchi, two Japanese-Canadian cello-playing brothers from Hamilton, Ontario (played by real-life brothers Theodor and Maximilian) who inadvertently steal a bag of money – and all the woes that go along with it – from a lethal Vancouver hit man. Through a confluence of events and massive bad luck, they also have to save their father’s life, steal an $8 million dollar painting and fight for their lives to get into a prestigious music conservatory. Along the way they discover that everyone has a price and that family never bails on family, no matter the cost.

What is cultural heritage?

June 23rd, 2017
Since its inception, the JCCCNC has remained committed to the preservation and promotion of Japanese American cultural and historical heritage. The following page defines cultural heritage and describes its importance.


  • Culture is a group’s values, traditions, art, etc.
  • Heritage is a group’s history of their values, traditions, achievements, etc.
  • Cultural heritage is the expressive lifestyle that is passed down from generation to generation

Cultural heritage is both tangible and intangible. Tangible elements include: art, memorabilia and artifacts, clothing, food, physical spaces, products, agriculture, landscapes, buildings, and photographs. Intangible elements of cultural heritage include: customs and traditions, values and beliefs, language, achievements, history, religion, activities, and skills.

Cultural heritage can only be successfully preserved if individuals value and subsequently transmit culture to the next generation. Cultural heritage is important because it is a core element of an individual’s identity. Additionally, it increases feelings of belonging and access to groups or communities; it preserves history and culture; and it is a direct connection to the past and an individual’s ancestors. When individuals enjoy, understand, value, and care about their cultural heritage, it can be passed on to other generations, allowing for its future observance and practice.

The Nikkei Photo Contest was born from the idea that cultural heritage requires sharing. Through the contest, the JCCCNC hopes to further its mission of preserving and promoting Japanese American cultural heritage.

The “Heritage Cycle,” originally created by Simon Thurley and developed by, represents the cycle of cultural heritage. The ”Heritage Cycle” outlines an integral piece of cultural heritage. It drives the point that heritage must be understood, valued, cared for, and enjoyed in order to be shared. The JCCCNC hopes to encourage individuals to explore their cultural heritage so that they may better understand, value, care, and enjoy it.