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12/7 2023 – Sharing Solidarity and Kinship between Japanese Americans and Palestinians















December 2023 – Holiday Wreath Sale Fundraiser

Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association

9/8/2023 posted – Chicken Teriyaki Obento Sale – Buddhist Temple of Alameda

Pickup Saturday October 21st. Order Deadline September 29th.

(Flyer LINK)

9/30/2023 posted – Car Show – Palo Alto Buddhist Temple

Good CARma Car Show
Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Fundraiser

Saturday in September 23, 2023
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2751 Lous Road, Palo Alto

9/08/2023 – Hidden Garden – Shibata Family Garden & Tea House Hayward

Please join us for a series of community conversations about Hayward histories shaping our lives today.

Each conversation will feature individuals who made history through sustained local action and community work. Their histories are exciting and unique yet remain little known. We can learn from these experiences and find inspiration to address present-day challenges. 

You can attend all three conversations, or any of your choosing. All events in the series will take place at the Hayward Public Library. Light refreshments will be served. This series is free to the public. Parking in city lots next to the library is free of charge. 

Our first conversation will take place on Friday, September 8, and is titled: 

Hidden Garden: A Japanese American Family’s Offer of Friendship Honors Culture and Beauty in 20th-Century Hayward

Background: The Shibata family garden and tea house in Hayward were designed by Zenjuro and Koyuri Shibata. Koyuri, who descended from a long line of Buddhist ministers in Japan, drew upon her religious sensibilities to define the garden’s structure and meanings. Many Haywardians attended events hosted in the garden before and after World War II, a garden which still exists today near Highway 92. 

The Shibata family garden and tea house are a unique Hayward home, one that tells a story about family, community, and culture. This conversation provides context for understanding this historic site’s origins and its 80-year evolution.

Please contact bridget.ford@csueastbay.edu with questions, or visit haywardhistory.org.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. The Hayward Public Library, the Hayward Area Historical Society, and the History Department at California State University, East Bay, are also sponsors. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Hayward is Home History Series do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fall 2023 – Shichi-Go-San Photo Session

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The Japan Society of Northern California is a non-profit organization founded in 1905 for the purpose of connecting Japan and the U.S. with appreciation and understanding. As part of our mission, we give families the opportunity to preserve cherished memories and the wish for a healthy future as their children come of age through special photography sessions (Shichi-Go-San). We are pleased to announce that the Shichi-Go-San Photo Sessions for Fall 2023 are now scheduled for the following dates:

September 9, 2023, Saturday
September 16, 2023, Saturday
September 23, 2023, Saturday
October 7, 2023, Saturday
October 14, 2023, Saturday
October 21, 2023, Saturday
November 10, 2023, Friday
November 12, 2023, Sunday
November 26, 2023, Sunday
December 2, 2023, Saturday
December 16, 2023, Saturday

Studio address:
Dawdy Photography
821 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Our goal is to provide services for families who would like to celebrate the special ages of their children and give them the opportunity to experience Japanese culture by wearing the Kimono. We have successfully conducted Shichi-Go-San Photo Sessions for over 230 families and 350 children since 2019 and have received extremely positive feedback from the participants. We provide our services all year round, due to high demand.

We would really appreciate it if, working through your extensive network, you could spread the word about this program to the families of your members, clients, patrons, or communities.

For more information and family photo samples, please visit our website: https://www.usajapan.org/kimono/

With sincere thanks,
Japan Society of Northern California
Kimono Experience Team


Japan Society of Northern California (北カリフォルニアジャパン・ソサエティ) では、一年中を通して「七五三撮影会」を Burlingame のスタジオにて開催しております。


由緒ある呉服屋さんの長女でもあり子供撮影の経験豊富な西須真佐美氏によって、綺麗に丁寧にお子様の身丈にあった寸法に事前に調節し、本格的な着付けコーディネート、そして、メイクやヘアのサービスも提供させていただいております。ご兄弟、ご姉妹の成長に合わせて何度もリーピートしてくださるご家族も多く、健やかな成長を共にお祝いさせていただき、とてもありがたく感じております。撮影を担当するのは、40年以上の経験を持ち、地元でも定評のある Dawdy Photography です。お子様のソロ撮影、家族全員など、さまざまな組み合わせのお写真をお届けいたします。

2023年秋 七五三撮影会スケジュール



Dawdy Photography
821 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Japan Society Kimono Website (ぜひサンプルのお写真をご覧になってください)


Japan Society of Northern California
Kimono Experience Team

9/2/2023 – Nichi Bei Day with Athletics – Baseball Game

8/5/2023 – Nobuo Miyamoto’s 120,00 Stories

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Saturday August 5th at 2 p.m.
99 Moraga Ave., San Francisco

We want to let you know tickets are now on sale to experience Nobuko Miyamoto’s only 2023 West Coast performance of “120,000 Stories,” a multimedia musical journey that starts with her Japanese immigrant grandparents, threads through her role in the Asian American movement, includes her own Afro-Asian family, bringing us to the present when she’s still working hard for inclusion, equality for all, and a reverence for our environment.

You may have remembered Nobuko as part of “Chris and Joanne” in the 70s, who created the iconic “Grain of Sand” album, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Center, formerly known as JCCCNC or the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. We invite you to take part in Celebrating Generations by bringing your friends and family to share this multi-generational, multi-ethnic performance with us.

Tickets ranging from $30-$100 are available at the Presidio Theatre website by clicking here.

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The Alameda Free Library will be displaying a new exhibit to honor the history of Japanese Americans in Alameda. The exhibit, “Overflowing with Hope: The Hidden History of Japanese Americans in Alameda,” documents the wartime removal of the Japanese community through images, testimonies, artifacts, and long-hidden stories… (Article Link)

5/7/2023 – Alameda Japanese Hidden Treasure Sale

Sale – June 3 & 4, 2023

Presented by Buddhist Temple of Alameda

5/5/2023 – Buddhist Temple of Alameda Vacationland Bazaar

Sunday June 25, 2023 – Noon to 6pm – Alameda CA

Flyer Link

5/1/2023 – Phoeun You Article

He grew up in California. Now, he’s forced to live in his birth country — a place he’s never known

For more information about Phoeun You, please contact Jun Hanmamoto, BCO Outreach Committee

5/15/2023 – Strings of Hope: the bandura and koto for Ukraine – Online Concert

…Our digital series of NextGen Geijutsuka is proud to co-present with the Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California in a special program that shares in the music of two countries : Ukraine and Japan, joining in friendship and hope for the Ukrainian people. It also celebrates the cultural music of two cultures hoping to continue and thrive in the U.S. They play an important role in sharing the beauty of these art forms with the wider world in a collaborative way.

This is a program of music and stories of Ukrainian people and of their heritage, from Ukraine and Sacramento, featuring Ukrainian bandura teacher and performer Ola Herasymenko Oliynyk, and her students Sofiia Ishchuk and her father Dmytro Ishchuk who will be tuning in from Ukraine, and Caterina Biscardi, who is of Ukrainian and American descent. Fundraiser for Ukraine, Registration required…   Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto

4/1/2023 – Seen and Unseen Book Talk

Seen and Unseen, a book talk with Elizabeth Partridge

 Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

Saturday, May 6, 3 pm

Elizabeth Partridge, award-winning children’s book author, will discuss her new non-fiction book, “Seen and Unseen,” illustrated by Lauren Tamaki. “Seen and Unseen” received the most distinguished informational book for children in 2022 by the ALA, as well as the 2023 Bologna Children’s Award for Photography.  Presented by Friends of Topaz.

More Information (Link)

4/11/2023 – J-SEI Flavors of Spring

Order Tickets (LINK)

J-Sei’s Flavors of Spring!
Friday, April 28th, 6 to 9 pm
Berkeley City Club

The last day to purchase is Tues, April 18. (Order LINK)

4/5/2023 – Grief, Translation, and the Wonder of Friendship

  • April 11, 2023 – Event Featuring Chenxing Han… (Link)

3/27/2023 – one long listening – New Book by Chenzing Han

More Information

Dear friends,
I hope these first few months of 2023 have brought rest, festivities, kinship, solitude—and whatever else nourishes you—in good measure. I’m writing to share that my second book, one long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care will be coming out on April 11, 2023, with the independent nonprofit publisher North Atlantic Books…. (Letter Click Here)


Visiting workshop Leader: BJ Soriano
from Hilo, Hawai’i
Music provided! 
Site and details will be emailed upon registration 
Deadline: May 30
Class size limited.  Register soon! 

2/16/2023 – 2023 Bay Area Day of Remembrance

Sunday, February 29, 2023

2/15/2023 – Day of Remembrance Community Map Project – Executive Order 9066

Saturday, February 18, 2023 – 2:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception for our Day of Remembrance Community Map Project on Saturday, February 18th, featuring a performance from Emeryville Taiko and a community panel about the role of art, memory, and place in the movement for civil rights.

This project is in honor of Day of Remembrance on February 19th, which marks the day in 1942 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the U.S. Army the authority to forcibly remove and incarcerate Americans of Japanese ancestry residing on the West Coast during WWII. 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were impacted, and had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and their lives to be sent to one of ten concentration camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country….

This project is funded through the California State Library Civil Liberties Grant.

  • BCO Outreach Committee supported event – Contact Jun Hamamoto for more info at OfficeBCO@gmail.com

1/7/2023 – Day of Remembrance – An Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance & Call for Liberation

Tuesday February 23, 2023 – Oakland

4/2/2023 Nichi Bei Day with the Athletics – Baseball Game

Sunday April 2, 2023 – 1 pm

Flyer (Link)

To order tickets: Website https:/nichibei.org/athletics

1/19/2023 JSEI Crab Feed – February 26, 2023

32nd Annual J-Sei Crab Feed
Sunday, February 26, 2023

El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moesser Lane, El Cerrito
Early Seating 4-5:30 pm; Late Seating 5:30-7 pm
with live entertainment throughout.

To-Go Pick-Up from 4-6 pm

Fresh Dungeness Crab
Asian Salad, Garlic Noodles, Bread and Dessert
Dinner Tickets: $55/person, $20 for children 12 & under
Menu subject to change depending on availability of crab.

(1) PRE-ORDER and (2) pay online below by Thurs, February 16

Or print flyer to mail in order form (indicate reservation or pick up time)
and send check to J-Sei, 1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608 – to be received by Thurs, Feb 16.

For more info, call (510) 654-4000 or email suzanne@j-sei.org

1/6/2023 – Lincoln Square Park Campaign

Friends of Lincoln Square Park is working with the City of Oakland to raise funds to build a 22,000 square-foot recreation center to replace an old, overcrowded facility. As part of this project, it is seeking to interview people who grew up playing at the park or went to Lincoln School next door. It has many Chinese American interviewees, but wants to interview the Japanese Americans, Filipino Americans, and others who were part of the scene. To find out more about the campaign, visit www.friendsoflincolnsquarepark.org; if you would like to be interviewed or want to find out more about the project, please contact Grant Din at grant@friendsoflincolnsquarepark.org. Thank you!


12/6/2022 – Play – Sentimental Journey – A Nisei Life in Song

Saturday March 18, 2023 – 12:30pm Berkeley

11/27/2022 – BCO Toy Drive – Sunday December 11th @ Mochitsuki

Flyer Click Here

  • For 2022, the BCO Outreach Committee is asking for donations of  toys, hygiene products, disposable diapers and new baby and children’s clothes to support the Oakland Street Level Health Project.
  • Please Drop-off your donations at the BCO Mochitsuki on Sunday December 11th.

  • More information about the Street Level Health Project (Click Here)

11/27/2022 Friends of Lincoln Square Park – Newsletter

11/26/2022 – J-Sei Artisan Faire

  • Online Craft and Art Faire – Link

11/5/2022 – Mini-Conference of the Japanese-American Experience During WWII & Today

Saturday November 5th – Berkeley

More information, if you’re interested:
Two of our parishioners, Arlene Makita-Acuna and Dr. Troy Kaji, are children of internees of the World War II concentration camps. Arlene’s parents were from Central California, and they met (and married) at Amache in Colorado. She has volunteered a few times at the archaeological dig now taking place there, as recently as this past summer.
Troy will be speaking quite a bit about his father, Bruce Teruo Kaji, who was interned in Manzanar during high school, and went on to found the Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_American_National_Museum#History   Troy will then focus on what it was like to have grown up as a Japanese-American boy in Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s, coming to terms with his father’s experiences, and what it is like to be Japanese American in Berkeley today.
Finally, we are so honored to have as a special guest Berkeley native Kazuko Iwahashi.  Before the war, her father ran a florist shop at 1922 University Avenue in Berkeley.  Her family was sent to Topaz when she was 12 years old, and she will be sharing some of her direct experiences.
Again, please accept my apologies for the short notice. I hope it will be in time to share the word with the members of your church.  (Just so you know, the event will not be livestreamed, but it will be filmed.  If you like, I can send you the link, once the video is uploaded to our website.)

10/8/2022 Okaeri – LGBTQ+ Japanese/Japanese Americans and Allies Event

221008 Okaeri Event Flyer PDF

7/18/2022 Article – Makishima Bonsai Auction

Article Link

Event Information

7/15/2022 Topaz Community Outreach Meetings

5/10/2022 – Mosaic Class – Fukuoka Sister City

5/7/2022 – Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander API Heritage Month

Women Rising: Strengthening & Connecting Our Communities” to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in two weeks on SATURDAY May 7, 2022 FROM 10am to 1pm.


Hello APALA Alameda County chapter family:
A reminder to please rsvp for the upcoming “Women Rising: Strengthening & Connecting Our Communities” to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in two weeks on SATURDAY May 7, 2022 FROM 10am to 1pm.  We have attached flyers in multiple Asian languages and English. Please distribute to your organization’s members and family.
The co-hosts are APALA Alameda County Chapter, Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1021 & SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (UHW) along with many other community-based organizations and labor unions on the planning committee and endorsers.
As we have struggled to fight AAPI hate and violence in the midst of the Covid pandemic, we acknowledge AAPI women are on the rise as leaders, mothers, and workers bringing strength and unity to our communities.
This will be our 2nd annual event and will be family and elder friendly and follow all covid protocols to keep our communities safe.  A diverse array of cultural dances and poetry will be performed along with keynote speaker, Oakland City Council President Nikki Bas.  Please ask your union or community organization to support our event and bring your family too.
Register to help us get a head count for food at:
Date:           SATURDAY, May 7, 2022
Time:          10am – 1:00pm
Place:          Madison Square Park,
                   810 Jackson Street, Oakland, CA
Please see the flier attached. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Josie Camacho at: 510-502-1454.

Thank you for your support.

APALA Alameda County Chapter Executive Board

5/3/2022 – 442nd Nisei Exhibit on the USS Hornet – Alameda CA

This exhibit was installed and is managed by the Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans group. It honors the contributions made by Nisei soldiers during WWII.

Tour the exhibit aboard the USS Hornet in Alameda CA. Call in advance for a guided tour. More Infomation

4/20/2022 – Community Youth Pebble Collection & Educational Nature Walk Day

  • April 30, 2022 – 9:15 to 11:30 am
  • Co Sponsored by Fukuoka Sister City Association

Website Link

Youth Programming Overview

OFSCA is honored to be partnering with the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) on an exciting and nature-filled day where Oakland youth are invited to participate in a special educational presentation and nature walk with an EBRPD naturalist on topics such as the local watershed system, environmental conservation and protection, climate change and its impacts, the history of the area, and so on.


To deepen the symbolism in the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City 60th Anniversary mosaic mural and celebrate our connectedness to each other and nature, pebbles from Oakland, CA and Fukuoka, Japan will be incorporated into the water design of the mosaic mural with the message of “Compassion, Peace, and Community”.

Participants will be invited to a future US-Japan virtual exchange about the pebble exchange and mural where we can learn from each other.

We celebrate our relationship we have and recognize that water and our natural environments sustain us and connect us to one another


Participation by approved application only.

Approximately 10-15 school-age youth participants and a chaperone.

As youth programming, promoting global citizenry, cultural exchange, education, and community building are central to OFSCA’s mission, we are inviting youth to connect with each other, learn about their local parks and environment, while collecting pebbles.

Fukuoka residents similarly participated in a pebble collection event hosted by the Fukuoka Oakland Friendship Association (FOFA) in January 2022.

How to Sign Up

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/OFSCAPebbles

Deadline to apply is April 20, 2022 @ 5 pm.

Reach out to us at OFSCAmural@gmail.com if you have questions.

4/11/2022 – Youth Japan Trip – The Center / JCCCNC San Francisco

Flyer PDF

Since 1997, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) has been providing youth cultural exchange opportunities, between the United States (U.S.) and Japan, for youth and their families, through the Takahashi Youth Ambassador Fellowship Program (Takahashi Program) and the Shinzen Nikkei Youth Goodwill Program (Shinzen Program).  See below or the jcccnc.org website for more information on these programs.

This year, we hope to resume these programs with potential travel to Japan in the Spring and Summer of 2023. If you are interested, please complete our interest survey. Click here for the survey or access it via bit.ly/shinzen2022 or scan the QR code in the image below.


Workshops: Summer/Fall 2022 and Spring/Summer 2023

Travel: Spring or Summer 2023 (9-10 days)

The Takahashi Youth Ambassador Fellowship Program (Takahashi Program) was developed in 2011 as a dynamic youth exchange program for high school youth. The significance of a first-hand cultural experience is invaluable in helping a young person in the Japanese American community define their own identity, establish a greater connection to their heritage and encourage continued interest in Japan, its people, culture and history.

The Takahashi Program helps to initiate meaningful dialogue and goodwill exchange and provides students the opportunity to gain and develop leadership and civic skills to help them build a strong foundation for their future endeavors.

Goals of the TYAFP –

  • To develop a deeper understanding and awareness of Japan, its culture, people and history as an international citizen ambassador.
  • To develop lifelong leadership and civic skills.
  • To provide an opportunity to visit Japan and participate in meaningful exchanges with youth from Japan.
  • To develop an appreciation and understanding of citizen action and involvement through community and international volunteerism.
  • To assist youth in obtaining admission to higher education, scholarships and future recognition through their participation in the program.


Workshops: Summer/Fall 2022 and Spring/Summer 2023

Travel: July 2023 (10 days) with Family

The Shinzen USA Nikkei Youth Goodwill Program is a cross-cultural exchange program that promotes the values of fair play and competition while fostering ties between the U.S. and Japan and local communities. Through sports, youth exchanges, touring and homestays, our young ambassadors build stronger relationships with the people of Japan while learning about their cultural heritage, traditions and identity.


  • To promote international goodwill and exchange between the youth of Japan and the youth of the Japanese American community.
  • To provide meaningful and thoughtful dialogue and discussion on youth issues related to each other’s culture and heritage.
  • To develop and nurture young ambassadors between the U.S. and Japan.
  • To provide an opportunity for friendship and spirited competition.
  • To promote U.S./Japan bilateral interest and responsibilities amongst young people.
  • To engage with and encourage Japanese American youth and their families to learn about their personal family history and our San Francisco Japantown and the broader community.

Lori Matoba
Deputy Director

4/1/2022 JCCCNC – The Center – San Francisco
Center Announcements & Updates

Japanese Heritage Day with the San Francisco Giants
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Saturday, May 21, 2022 @ 1:05 PM
San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres
Oracle Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Join the Center, and Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream to cheer on our hometown San Francisco Giants as they celebrate Japanese Heritage Day vs. the San Diego Padres.  Show your pride with a Japanese-themed Giants T-Shirt designed by Sumofish artist and creator Brandt Fuse included with your purchase.
Receive special group rates and save 20% on tickets by purchasing your tickets through the Center while avoiding added service and convenience fees.  Ticket proceeds will benefit the Center and Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream.
$35 Center Members | $38 General Public
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$95 Center Members | $100 General Public
Section PLB105
Triples Alley VIP
Presented by Alaska Airlines
with Special Guest Kristi Yamaguchi
Join the San Francisco Giants in celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Gold Medal triumph.  You will also be granted access to an exclusive Q&A with Kristi to discuss her 1992 Olympic experience and the recent success with the USA Figure Skating Team during the Winter Games.
Purchase Includes:
  • Premium game ticket for Saturday, May 21 vs. the San Diego Padres
  • Kristi Yamaguchi signed bobblehead
  • Japanse Heritage Day T-Shirt
  • Access to the Triples Alley pre-game premium event space
  • Complimentary food & beverage during the pre-game event
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$160 Center Members | $170 General Public
Section VR310
$225 Center Members | $235 General Public
Sections PLB105 & PLB106

27th Annual Nikkei Open Charity Golf Tournament

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Register today for the 27th Annual Nikkei Open Charity Golf Tournament held at the beautiful Half Moon Bay Golf Links on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Register as a foursome or play as an individual in our best ball scramble format tournament.
Registration includes green fees, cart, lunch credit, tee prize, and entry into all closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests.  REGISTER TODAY!
Nikkei Open Sponsorship Flyer
Support our 27th Nikkei Open Charity Golf Tournament by becoming a sponsor.  Help support our mission by becoming a hole sponsor today. Hole sponsorships can help promote your business or even pay tribute to a family member by creating a memorial hole.  Hole sponsor signs are completely customizable at no added cost.  To view, a full list of sponsorship opportunities and benefits click HERE.
Want to sponsor the 27th Annual Nikkei Open? Register online HERE.

Nikkei Youth Scholarship Raffle

Youth Raffle
Reserve your Nikkei Youth Scholarship Raffle tickets TODAY and support Center youth and family programs! Purchase today to be included in our next two early bird and grand prize drawings.
Early Bird Drawings
April 14, 2022 (reserve tickets by April 8th)
April 28, 2022 (reserve tickets by April 22)
Grand Prize Drawing
Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Japantown Peace Plaza during the Center’s annual Children’s Day Festival
Tickets are 18 for $100, 12 for $70, 6 for $35 or $7 each.

Welcome Joyce Taira the Center’s Newest Staff Member!

The Center welcomes another new staff member to the team! Joyce Taira, born and raised in Hawaii, recently joined the Center as our Senior Accountant. Joyce is a longtime resident of San Francisco, and eager to be a part of the community and contribute to the Center’s mission. “I believe it is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community. I am especially excited about working in Japantown and helping to preserve and share Japanese American cultural heritage. I am also very interested in learning more about the current issues and challenges facing Japantown and the Japanese American community.”
Stop by the Center and say aloha and welcome Joyce to our Center family.

New Member Benefit

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NEW CENTER MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT: 10% off at Tokaido Arts! 
Located in the West Mall of San Francisco Japantown, Tokaido Arts specializes in fine Japanese woodblock prints and Asian art from the 18th to the 21st century. Family-owned and operated, the small business was established in 1971 and is one of the very few remaining galleries in the United States where collectors can view and purchase a large selection of Japanese woodblock prints in person. To receive 10% off your purchase of fine Japanese woodblock prints, show your Center membership card to Tokaido Arts staff in-store or email membership@jcccnc.org for an exclusive discount code and shop online at TokaidoArts.com
Tokaido Arts are located in the West Japan Center Mall at 1581 Webster Street, Suite 202, and can be contacted by phone at 415-567-4390. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @tokaidoarts.

Upcoming Programs!

J-Chat Virtual Japanese Language Conversation Exchange
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Date: Friday, April 15, 2022
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Online Via Zoom
Fees: $3 Members / $5 General Public / Free for volunteer Facilitators
Native and fluent Japanese-speaking volunteers are needed! Sign up to volunteer!
Kabuki Theatre Appreciation Class with JETAANC 
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: the Center (in-person event)
Fees: Free admission, open to the public
Love in the Library with Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: the Center
Fees: Free Admission, Open to the Public
Do-It-Yourself: Moss Muraling!
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Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: the Center
Fees: $25 Members / $30General Public

Spring Kaiseki Virtual Cooking Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 11:00am-1:30am
Location: Online Via Zoom, Login Provided Upon Registration
Fees: $15 Members / $20 General Public

Book Event: Yatate – Japanese Pre-Modern Portable Writing Implement
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: the Center
Fees: Free Admission, Open to the Public
Kansho no Hana – Mother’s Day Ikebana Workshop
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Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: the Center
Fees: $40 Members / $45 General Public
2022 Japantown Children’s Day FestivalIG-2022-Childrens-Day-Festival-Poster-copy-300x300
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Location: Japantown Peace Plaza
Fees: Free Admission, Open to the General Public
MAKOU: Sushi Rolling 101 Workshop
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Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time: 11:30am-2:30pm
Location: the Center
Fees: $50 Members / $65 General Public
2022 Colma Japanese Cemetery Cleanup Day
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Colma Japanese Cemetery, 1300 Hillside Blvd, Colma, CA 94014

5/21/2022 – Japanese Heritage Day with the San Francisco Giants

3/3/2022 – Sahomi Tachibana: American Legacy of a Japanese Dancer

2/25/2022 – Covid-19 Information – UCLA Asian American Studies Center

#TranslateCovid Mailing List | Feb. 23, 2022

How to Plan a Mobile Vaccine Clinic

This checklist provides tips on how you can plan a mobile vaccine clinic that will run smoothly and benefit your community. Contact your local county’s public health department to get started. Click here for more information about hosting clinics in LA County.

Download Checklist

Vaccine Education for the AANHPI Community

The California Endowment is helping to address myths and concerns around COVID-19 and vaccines. To assist partners who want to share teen and parent testimonials, we are featuring these videos from health workers, and comics in Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Punjabi on the TranslateCovid.org community resources tab. You can learn more about The California Endowment and their work to achieve health equity here.
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“Let’s Stay Safe, California” Video Testimonials

Californians are sharing why they got vaccinated against COVID-19. Watch and share these testimonials with your community members who want to hear from real people about their vaccine stories. Here are some examples of videos you can watch:

  • A Nurse’s Vaccination Message for the Pacific Islander Community

  • Stockton: A Parent’s Advice to Protect Ourselves and Our Children From COVID-19

  • Los Angeles: A Mariachi’s Vaccination Story (Spanish) // “La historia de como un mariachi se vacuna por su comunidad”

See the full list of videos available in multiple languages, including Spanish, Mixteco, Khmer, and Triqui.

Watch Now

Vaccine PSAs for rural communities

According to the CDC, only 48.4% of California’s rural population are fully vaccinated, as of February 2022. To view this data, visit the CDC data tracker, hover over the light blue “View” box and click “Urban/Rural.”

It’s critical to encourage rural communities to be vaccinated, as hospital staff are overwhelmed and exhausted by the number of unvaccinated and severely ill people in these communities. The COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative created a set of PSAs showing the unique experiences and stories of rural communities including this video from Coach Navarro in Spanish and English. The full set of videos of seven stories can be viewed here on YouTube.

Watch Now

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2/16/2022 – Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2022

Event: Saturday, February 19, 2022


Keynote Speaker: Jon Osaki Filmmaker & Executive Director, JCYC
Emcee: Dr. Emily Murase Executive Director, Japantown Task Force
Clifford I. Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Award: Karen Kai & Robert Rusky (posthumous)
Performances by: Jerry Waki & Anthony Brown
Virtual Candlelighting Ceremony
Interfaith Benediction: Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF)
Call to Action: Black & Japanese Latin American Reparations Now!
For more info: www.njahs.org (415) 921-5007 njahs@njahs.org

Program Information (LINK)

2/12/2022 – 11am – An Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance & Solidarity

Saturday February 12, 2022 – 11am – 12:15pm – Free Event on Zoom

Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance and Solidarity

Join us on Saturday, Feb 12, 11am – 12:30pm PST for an interfaith vigil to remember the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt that led to the mass incarceration of 120,000 mostly Japanese Americans. This shameful part of American History must be remembered to ensure the survivors stories are not forgotten, and this injustice is repaired.
During Black History Month, while we remember this legacy in the Japanese American community, we will also be calling for solidarity with: Reparations for African Americans and Stop AAPI Hate. Let us acknowledge that U.S. imperialism globally, xenophobia, and systemic racism have all been common threads that weave our struggles together, historically and today.
We invite people of all faiths, cultures, and traditions to join us!
Speakers include:
  • Jeff Matsuoka, San Francisco Bay Area Day of Remembrance Committee
  • Chizu Omori, Tsuru for Solidarity, incarcerated for 3 1/2 years during World War II
  • Tara U., Berkeley Buddhist Temple, grandparents were incarcerated during World War II
  • Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews, Plymouth United Church of Christ
  • Prof. Russell Jeung, Stop AAPI Hate and Professor at SFSU
  • Chanton Bun, Asian Law Caucus – Advancing Justice, served 23 years in incarceration
  • Joyce Xi, daughter of Chinese scientist unjustly targeted by the FBI
Songs, cultural offerings, and prayers by:
  • Ito Yosakoi
  • Rev. Harry Bridge, Buddhist Church or Oakland
  • Rev. Theon Johnson, Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Elijah Chhum, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants
  • Minister Cherri Murphy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy
The vigil is co-sponsored by: Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Tsuru for Solidarity, San Francisco Bay Area Day of Remembrance Committee, Berkeley Buddhist Temple, Pine United Methodist Church, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, Sycamore Congregational Church UCC, CERI – Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, and Plymouth UCC
  • Flyer – Online Event (Flyer)
  • Event RSVP Link (LINK)

2/2/2022 – Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto performing at SFJAZZ with Destiny Muhammad

Thu Feb. 3rd in person, two shows 7p and 8:30p

Hi everyone and Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger!

Just wanted to let you know that I will be performing with Destiny Muhammad and many great artists this coming Thursday, February 3, in person, for two shows at 7p and 8:30p.  We had a rehearsal yesterday, and it was truly a wonderful feeling to not only be playing in person, but also to interact spontaneously with these phenomenal musicians and artists!  It really warms my heart to be able to experience this, and I hope you will consider joining us this Thursday to feel the groove, as well!

Best regards,

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, koto



Tammy L. Hall piano
Arthur Chico Lopez bass
Leon Joyce Jr. drums
Marvin K. White, Minister of Celebration, GLIDE Memorial Church, San Francisco spoken word

In the spirit of the artist and quilter, Rosie Lee Tompkins


  • Shirley Muramoto performs and teaches the koto (a Japanese string instrument). Shirley’s group was recently featured on the BCO Virtual Obon Event in August 2022 (Link). More information: Website: https://skmkoto.com/

1/15/2022 – J-Sei Crab Feed – To Go

Pre-order required. Pickup Sunday February 27th

Order Page

  • 31st Annual J-Sei Crab Feed to be held once again on a To-Go basis. Fresh Dungeness Crab Asian Salad, Garlic Noodles, Bread and Dessert Dinner Tickets: $50/person Pre-order early as a limited number of dinners will be sold. Pre-order online (Order Page).
  • Crab Feed Mail Order Flyer/Form (PDF Link)

J-Sei Senior Services and Cultural Programs (Link)

1/13/2022 – Covid-19 Information – Omicron & Testing

#TranslateCovid Mailing List | Jan. 13, 2022
FAQ: Omicron, testing, and vaccines

California is experiencing a record surge in COVID-19 cases, as well as remaining gaps in vaccination rates.

80.6% of the state’s population over the age of 5 is vaccinated with at least one dose. However, with the spread of Omicron, the state reached a record high of 23.1% positivity rate over a 7-day period, as of Jan. 12, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) COVID-19 dashboard. In comparison, California’s 7-day positivity rate was at 2.2% on Dec. 3 and 17.1% on Jan. 1 of last year, according to the CDPH.

COVID-19 disproportionately affects California’s low-income, Latino, Black and Pacific Islander communities, as well as essential workers, according to the CDPH. Moreover, a low proportion of children are fully vaccinated: only 18.5% of children ages 5-11 in the state as of Jan. 12. To find this data point, look for “Vaccination Status by Group,” go to “Select Category” and choose “Age.”

We hope the resources below are helpful to help address concerns, distrust, and misinformation that persist among our communities.

1. How can I stay safe from Omicron?

We have the tools to fight Omicron: vaccines, masks, and testing. Mask guidance from the CA Department of Public Health recommends using surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with a good fit. Their masking fact sheet is easily shareable with your community members. They also have a Q&A on face coverings.

The CDC recommends boosters for ages 12-17. Getting this population boosted will help limit the spread of Omicron. The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) has updated talking points on boosters for 12-17 year olds.

For moderately or severely immunocompromised people, the CDC has age-specific recommendations for an additional primary dose and a booster dose. This includes updates about the third dose for ages 5+ and booster doses for ages 12-17. LA County breaks it down in a chart here.

To find vaccines near you: 1) go to vaccines.gov; 2) text your ZIP code to 438829; or 3) call 1-800-232-0233 for the national COVID-19 vaccination assistance hotline.

2. Where can I get tested for COVID-19? 

There are several ways to find testing sites. Free, confidential COVID-19 testing is available to every Californian. Find COVID-19 testing sites in your area:

California has also partnered with OptumServe to provide free, confidential testing statewide. Tests are available for everyone, including: underserved communities and individuals who are at high risk, uninsured, undocumented and homeless individuals. You do not need a driver’s license to get this test.

You must register first at lhi.care/covidtesting. Tests are by appointment only. Once registered, you may find appointments in your area through the website. You won’t need to register again once you’ve signed up. If you do not have internet access, call OptumServe at 1-888-634-1123.

3. What should I do if I test positive or I was exposed to COVID-19?

If you test positive, you will need to isolate yourself from others. If you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to quarantine. Please refer to the CADPH Guidance on quarantine and isolation. PHCC also explains what you should do in this FAQ.

4. What is the best time to test for COVID-19? 

UCLA Health shares the following information: “Omicron ‘appears to behave more like a cold virus in the vaccinated population,’ says Dr. Omai Garner, director of clinical microbiology for UCLA Health. The now-dominant omicron variant presents differently in vaccinated and boosted individuals than previous variants, Dr. Garner says, which affects the need for, and timing of, testing.”

Read more at UCLA Health to pick the best time to test, depending if you’re vaccinated and if it’s a PCR or antigen test. The story is also available in Chinese, Spanish, Farsi, Korean, and Japanese.

Find COVID-19 Testing Near You

5. How do I use a self-test kit?

This short video from the CDC explains the basics of how to purchase a self-test, collect a specimen, perform the test, and dispose of the test.

6. Is there a California COVID-19 hotline?

Yes, there is a COVID-19 information line. It’s a part of the state’s ongoing effort to provide reliable, trusted information and support. Translators are available to answer questions in: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Italian, French, and other languages. Call 833‑422‑4255 (833-4CA-4ALL).

The statewide call center is open 7 days a week:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Pacific Time

  • Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time

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1/10/2022 – Covid-19 Testing @ Asian Heath Services


Please contact AHS for an appointment to get tested. (510) 735-3222

2/5/2022 – Buddhist Temple of Alameda Steak Fundraiser

Date Change to March 5th, 2022 – Event is SOLD OUT


11/5/2021 – Two Events! – Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Assoc Fundraiser

PDF Flyer

Chipotle restaurant fundraiser – Wednesday, November 17 – 
3271 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland from 4-8pm    Code:4G4MFZZ
(present flyer below or use this code for online orders so OFSCA gets credit).

We welcome Chef Lala Harrison from Juslaeats and Roux 40 and Josh Hammerling from Hammerling Wines for our third virtual chef/winemaker webinar fundraiser for the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City‘s 60th anniversary! Both chef and winemaker come from impressive backgrounds that is detailed in the link.

DATE: Wednesday December 8 from 4:00-5:00 via Zoom

Chef Lala Harrison will be showcasing the following Gluten free menu:

Blackened chicken, Charred Scallion Chili Oil, Garlic Collard Greens, Citrus Candied Yams. The meal kit is for two people.

Winemaker Josh Hammerling will be speaking about his Sunflower Sutra (sparkling) and Cabernet Pfeffer (red).

Deadline to reserve is Wednesday December 1, 2022

Purchase tickets via the following link. (Ticket prices from $100-$155 for two) OFSCA East Bay Culinary Adventure: Chef Lala Harrison & Hammerling Wines (More Information)

10/26/2021 – We Shall Be Free, We Shall Find Peace

We Shall Be Free, We Shall Find Peace
Wir werden frei, wir finden Ruh

An exhibit of art by incarcerated persons at San Quentin State Prison.

Located in the main lobby of the War Memorial Opera House, this exhibit invites our audience to connect with the silent voices and expressions of an unseen and forgotten community, and to highlight the importance of providing arts education to the most marginalized and ignored citizens in our society. To learn more about the artists and to read their statements, click the image of each artwork.

This exhibit is presented in partnership with the William James Association, a Bay Area non-profit organization whose mission is to promote work service in the arts, environment, education, and community development.

Join us at the Commonwealth Club of California on October 25 for a discussion with the William James Association, and a few of their formerly incarcerated artists.

William James Statement

10/11/2021 – JESEI Event – Chiura Obata: Art and Life Inspired by Nature By Kimi Hill

9/26/2021 48-Star American Flag Signing Project

Saturday October 23, 2021 – 10am-2pm @ Buddhist Temple of Alameda

PDF Flyer

  • Event honoring all Japanese American WWII Incarceration Camp Internees (PDF Flyer)

9/26/2021 – Discover Nikkei – Website

What is Nikkei?

What does Nikkei mean? We’re not talking about the Japanese stock exchange. We are talking about Nikkei people – Japanese emigrants and their descendants who have created communities throughout the world.

  • Discover Nikkei is an international network that celebrates cultural diversity and explores both global and local identities. The project connects generations and communities by sharing stories and perspectives of the Nikkei, people of Japanese descent who have migrated and settled throughout the world. (Website Link)


  • List of Japanese American (JA) history and museum sites (Link)

9/21/2021 – Umenoki Gardens Senior Home


  • SACBC’s’ Umenoki Gardens Senior Home is now ready to accept new residents. It is a lovely place and you can participate in SACBC events and their services. It is the only senior home on BCA church property and effectively run by a BCA church (More Information)

Asian Health “Virtual” Gala – Saturday September 18th – 5:30pm
Free Online Event – Registration Required

2021 Virtual Gala Registration

Please join us at AHS’ 47 Annual Gala on September 18, 2021

Our virtual event will include exciting live & silent auctions. All registered guests will receive a link to this year’s event and silent auction the week of September 13th!

2021 Virtual Gala

8/14/2021 – Intersections of identity: Asian-American and Young Adult

Presented Saturday August 21, 2021 @ 11am (pdt)


JSIO Discussion Series on Clubhouse
The JSIO is kicking off a discussion series on Clubhouse, with a 3 part series on intersections of identity. The first session is on the topic of intersections of identity: Buddhist, Asian-American, and Young Adult, and will take place next Saturday, August 21 at 11am Pacific. We hope you can join us and hear the diverse perspectives of these four speakers! You’ll need to download the Clubhouse app to listen in; the flyer has a link for more information or click on this link: (LINK)

6/28/2021 – Obon Dancers Needed for Stanford Film About Umenoki Senior Home – Ei Ja Nai Ka Performed by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi of San Jose Taiko – Thurs July 8th – 5-8 PM.


(From Naoko Fujii @ Umenoki Senior Care Home / SACBC)

Dear Friends,

We are looking for volunteers to join a fun group to dance “Ei Ja Nai Ka” for the closing scene of a documentary about the Umenoki Senior Home.  PJ and Roy Hirabayashi and Irene Matsumoto, formerly of San Jose Taiko, will be performing.

PJ’s Ei Ja Nai Ka is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  It is especially symbolic for this film which focuses on unique aspects of Japanese American culturally-adapted senior care. The goal of the scene is to show how our ancestors are celebrated at Obon with taiko music elucidating happy memories for seniors and everyone as they dance…  More Information (PDF)

6/27/2021 – J-Sei Summer Classes

6/4/2021 – Bay Area “Go for Broke” Forever Stamp Tribute – Virtual Broadcast
presented by NJAHS – National Japanese American Historical Society

  • Friday June 4, 2021 6pm

6/2/2021 – JESEI Caregivers Needed


J-Sei operates a Japanese-speaking assisted living option located in Hayward, CA…

4/26/2021 – Alameda Chicken Bento Sale – Pre-order Required

4/19/2021 – Interfaith dialogue on public safety in Oakland Chinatown and West Oakland

On Monday, one of our faith partners, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, is co-hosting a faith dialogue with the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy. In light of the recent anti-Asian violence, we wanted to create a space to hear from faith leaders serving in Oakland Chinatown and West Oakland – both communities impacted by violence and economic hardship.
This will also be an opportunity to hear from Oakland City Councilmembers Nikki Bas (Council President, D2) and Carol Fife (D3) about their vision for public safety, a just recovery, and for the faith community to ask them questions.
When: Monday, April 19, 5-6:30pm.
The recent wave of anti AAPI violence and the ongoing impacts of policing and the COVID pandemic on Oakland communities give us reason to consider what it would look like to refund local communities, restore dignity, and reimagine public safety. Many communities and congregants are struggling to pay their rent; fear eviction and are living in distress. The most vulnerable of Oakland residents — low-wage workers, undocumented, immigrants, refugees, Latinx and Black community members — are disproportionately suffering from COVID and the economic impacts of the pandemic.
We want Oakland to be a safe and welcoming place for all its residents where there are enough resources to support everyone to thrive, so that our communities are living in solidarity and not pitted against each other.
Join us for a timely conversation about how the Oakland city budget can support this vision, strengthen families and communities, and address root causes. We will hear from pastors of impacted Oakland communities and progressive council members, Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas (D2) and Carroll Fife (D3) as they talk about reimagining community safety and a just recovery.
Gala King || she/her/hers
Regional Organizer, Northern California
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
310 8th St. Suite 310
Oakland, CA  94607

3/20/2021 – Racism Against Asians

Below, you’ll find information and resources to help you understand the Atlanta shootings and other recent acts of violence against Asian-Americans, and the practice self-care. We hope these resources are helpful when having conversations with your family and friends.

Source: Charles Armstrong School, March 19, 2021

3/8/2021 – Seen and Unseen – Queering JA History Before 1945

Seen and Unseen: Queering Japanese American History Before 1945 is the first-ever exhibit focused on Nikkei (Japanese Americans) who were involved in intimate same-sex relationships or defied gender roles in the early 20th century. LINK

2/28/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

YouTube Video

Regina Boone was featured at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting Closing Program (Event Link).

NHK Documentary

NHK video on Regina Boone discovery of her Japanese Grandfather’s story (Video posted by NHK till March 31, 2021)

2/24/2021 – Oakland Great Plates Delivered – Senior Meal Assistance Program

Oakland Great Plates Delivered is a temporary food program that delivers fresh locally prepared meals to Oakland residents who are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 exposure. Eligible participants can receive 3 deliveries per week containing four to six meals per delivery for a total of 14 meals per week. The program is free and available for qualified participants through March 8th, 2021.

Oakland Great Plates Delivered

2/28/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

YouTube Video

Regina Boone was featured at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting Closing Program (Event Link).

NHK Documentary

NHK video on Regina Boone discovery of her Japanese Grandfather’s story (Video posted by NHK till March 31, 2021)

2/12/2021 – Films of Remembrance Film Festival



2/5/2021 Reparations As A Spiritual Practice – Feb 12, 2021 – 12-1pm

Flyer Link

1/29/2021 – 42nd Anniversary of DOR – Friday Feb 19th, 5-7:30pm

DOR -Day of Remembrance

1/24/2021 – Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Your local source for books. Eastwind Books of Berkeley supports the local community. They will special order books upon request. (Source: Jun Hamamoto)

1/24/2021 Dharma Family Service Announcements and Discussion

January 28, 2021 – Be the Refuge — Book Launch: A Conversation with Chenxing Han

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Link: https://www.shin-ibs.edu/event/refuge2021

Letter asking for your help: Link: Hope4Paul

Movie: Only the Brave – 442nd Story, 2006, Directed by Lane Nishikawa: Link Wikipedia

11/25/2020 – Fukuoka Sister City Fundraiser Event
2020 Holiday Wreath Sale Fundraiser

Click Here for Flyer

9/15/2020 – Book: Setsuko’s Secret – Heart Mountain and the Legacy of Japanese American Internment

Book Trailer Video

Author Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD, chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, uncovers her family’s past and embarks on a transformational journey as she learns about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and what happened to her family and those of other former incarcerees.


Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
1539 Road 19
Powell, WY  82435-8723

8/14/2020 – Covid-19 Testing @ Asian Heath Services


Please contact AHS for an appointment to get tested. (510) 735-3222

8/12/2020 – NextGen JCA Peace Day: 75 years after the Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

NextGen JCA Peace Day: 75 years after the Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Join us as we commemorate this Peace Day

6/29/2020 – Berkeley Buddhist Temples Virtual Obon Event

Our virtual obon will have obon dancing led by Hanayagi Sensei and stories shared by our Sangha members. The event will be on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

We will be dancing:

Obon no Uta (bring your uchiwa aka Japanese flat fan!)
Hanabi Ondo
Shiawase Samba
Tanko Bushi

We will be sharing youtube practice videos so you can prep beforehand. Be sure to check our Facebook and temple websites for resources closer to July 11th.

Feel free to share this RSVP link widely: https://bit.ly/BerkeleyObon2020

If you have any questions, contact us at berkeley_virtual_obon_2020@outlook.com

6/26/2020 – Tadaima ! – A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages.  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.  WEBSITE LINK

5/13/2020 – East Bay Food Bank Support

Click Here for Flyer

Join the Buddhist Church of Oakland and help support the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Every $1 you donate helps provide $7 worth of food.  Please goto http://VFD-ACCFB.ORG , Select our group (Buddhist Ch Oakland), and then “Shop”.

Thank you for your Dana

3/17/2020 – Update Tsuru for Solidarity Pilgrimage

Message Link

3/17/2020 – Notice to Stay Home – from Six Bay Area Counties


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