May 27 Fundraiser at S.F. J-Town’s Pa‘ina Lounge to benefit Soy & Tofu Fest

Curt Yagi
photo by Scott Nakajima/Nakajima photography

“TofuPalooza,” a fundraising concert to benefit the fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, will be held Wednesday, May 27, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Pa‘ina Lounge, 1865 Post St. next to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. Admission is $10. In addition to the entrance fee, a percentage from food […]

‘Films of Remembrance’ explores layers of WWII Nikkei experience

A HERO’S WELCOME — Roy Matsumoto, 100, receives a standing ovation after the screening of “Honor & Sacrifice: The Roy Matsumoto Story.” Carole Hayashino (R) discusses “The Untold Story.” photo by William Lee

With a fresh call to renew dedication to civil rights through the Bay Area Day of Remembrance a day earlier, a series of films screened at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown on Feb. 23. “Films of Remembrance,” presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation, showed six films focused on the experience of the […]

So Cal: archeology and historic restoration workshops at Manzanar

The National Park Service will offer three different volunteer archeology and historic restoration workshops at Manzanar National Historic Site this summer. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and be able to work outdoors. To sign up, go to: or contact Jeff Burton at or (760) 878-2194 x3305. Manzanar National Historic Site […]

SJ: “Creatifying Japantown: Envisioning and Mapping a Vibrant 21st Century Community”

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) will host “Creatifying Japantown: Envisioning and Mapping a Vibrant 21st Century Community” from 3 to 4 p.m. at the museum, 535 North Fifth St. in Japantown. San Jose State University students created the thematic maps, which depict contemporary Japantown. The series examines “the unique contemporary elements of […]

SF: “Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe” screening

“Prisoners and Patriots: The Untold Story of Japanese Internment in Santa Fe” will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in S.F.’s Japantown. The documentary tells the story of 4,555 persons of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in Santa Fe, N.M. during World War […]

SF: Kumano kimono presentation

The Mi-Kumano Multilingual Guide Association will host a presentation on guided eco-tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage area of Kumano, Japan, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Japan Information Center, 50 Fremont St., Suite 2200, in S.F. Bilingual guides from Japan will introduce the Kumano Kodo, a network of ancient pilgrimage route trails connecting […]

SF: NLF ‘s annual “Dowa no Omatsuri: A Festival of Children’s Stories”

Nihonmachi Little Friends will present its annual “Dowa no Omatsuri: A Festival of Children’s Stories” at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in S.F. The theme for the theater performance is “Help * Heal * Hope! Commemorating the One-Year Anniversary of the Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.” GenRyu Arts and the students of NLF will […]

Sac: Sogetsu Ikebana 10th anniversary flower show

Sogetsu Ikebana will hold its 10th anniversary flower and demonstration show at the Sacramento Garden and Art Center in McKinley Park, 3300 McKinley Blvd., in Sacramento, Calif. The event will feature Kika Shibata’s Sacramento students’ work. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 3 p.m. […]

SF:Kokoro Assisted Living free open house

Kokoro Assisted Living invites the community to a free open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1881 Bush St. (at Laguna) in S.F.’s Japantown. The event celebrates its 8th anniversary, and will honor the Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF) Churches and JARF Housing. Participants can tour the facility and sample Kokoro’s cuisine. Reservations or […]

CC: Shiko Kai California Kayo Show

The Shiko Kai California Kayo Show will feature special guests, the San Jose Chidori Band at the Bayside Performing Arts Center located at 2025 Kehoe Ave, San Mateo, Calif. at 1 p.m. Formed in 1953 to fulfill a need for Japanese Americans returning to the San Jose area after World War II, the band has […]

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