50th Anniversary Special Events

In recognition of the Center's 50th Anniversary, we invite you to join us in Celebrating Generations at events throughout the year.  










Nobuko Miyamoto - 120,000 Stories

Saturday, August 5 - 2:00 p.m.
Presidio Theatre, San Francisco


You are invited to host a special event, “Nobuko Miyamoto’s 120,000 Stories,” in celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco on August 5th at 2 p.m.

With a team of eight musicians, this will be a multi-generational experience as Nobuko traces her roots to the Santa Anita Assembly Center in 1942, taking us through her early showbiz career on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood as one of a few Asian American performers, then her emergence in the 1960s as “Chris and Joanne,” with her embrace of her own Asian American identity and the power of inclusion. Nobuko’s stories address issues such as race, gender, multiculturalism, and climate change. She is as relevant today as she was 50 years ago when she, Charlie Chin, and Chris Iijima recorded the iconic “We Are the Children,” our anthem for the yellow movement that was part of the groundbreaking album “Grain of Sand.”

For a donation of $1,000 or more, you will be on the Host Committee and will receive:

  • Priority seating for two at the August 5th performance
  • VIP access for two at the post-performance reception held on the patio of the Presidio Theatre
  • Your name published in the event program and promotional material as a Host Committee member
  • An invitation for two as Hosts for the wrap party dinner on Saturday, August 5th, for Nobuko and her team of musicians

If you are not able to participate at the $1000 level, please consider a VIP sponsorship for $500, which includes VIP access for two at the post-performance reception and two priority seats for the August 5th performance.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning May 15.

We hope you’ll join us on the Host Committee and welcome Nobuko back to the Bay Area!

CLICK HERE to become an Event Sponsor.

CLICK HERE to purchase regular tickets to the show.

Tabemasho - 50th Anniversary Celebration

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, September 16

Join us for our annual fundraising dinner highlighting food, Japanese culture and the Center's 50th Anniversary.  More details to follow.

Past Events

A wedding reception without the formality...

A night out dancing with friends...

An evening supporting the strength of our community...

It can only happen at CENTER FEST!

In honor of the Center's 50th Anniversary, we're hosting CENTER FEST, a blow-out party here at the Center. This will be a huge celebration of our community with a live band, local food vendors, specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and a DJ to end the night. 

This is a reunion of sorts, to catch up with old friends and new, dance alongside your aunties and uncles, and reminisce on the good times you had at the Center.

Friday, June 9, 2023  | 6:00 - 11:00 PM
Tickets: $25 each - Purchase HERE
Become a host and join the host committee and receive five admission tickets and ten drink tickets for $250.00

Each ticket enters you into a raffle for four tickets to 2023 Sake Day!

Songs for Japantown: A Celebration of Our Community through Music and Songs

Sentimental Journey: A Nisei Life in Song

Saturday, June 24 - 2:00 p.m.
Nisei Community Hall/Gymnasium

"Sentimental Journey: A Nisei Life if Song," is a concert that will pay tribute to the Nisei generation featuring hit Japanese and American songs from the 40's and 50's that defined the Nisei experience.  Supported by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.

General Admission $20 
Purchase tickets HERE


Arigato Benkyodo

Sunday, June 25 - 2:00 p.m.
Nisei Community Hall/Gymnasium

The Center and Grateful Crane will honor and thank Benkyodo Co. and recently retired owners Ricky and Bobby Okamura with a nostalgic musical journey celebrating the last manju-ya in Nihonmachi. 

The story begins as Ricky and Bobby ponder closing the shop and weaves the history of their grandparents and parents as they look back at the manju-ya’s 116-year history.

Supported by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

General Admission $20 
Purchase tickets HERE