2021 Nichi Bei Day of Giving








Donation pages will remain open through September 30, 2021.



View selected segments of the Nichi Bei Day of Giving telecast:

“Chizu Omori’s Antidotes to Aging,” a short film by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori

Nikkei Legacies: Yonsei Judge Stephanie Sato, interviewed by KTVU-2 News Reporter/Anchor Jana Katsuyama

Nikkei Legacies: Yonsei filmmaker Myles Matsuno, “First to Go: The Story of the Karaoke Family,” interviewed by KTVU-2 News Reporter/Anchor Jana Katsuyama

Nikkei Legacies: Interview with Yonsei comic artist Sam Nakahira

Perspectives on the Nikkei Press with community journalists Takeshi Nakayama and Martha Nakagawa

“Origami Now”: Linda Mihara demonstrates how to make heart origami

Yuzu Spritz by Ryan Tatsumoto, The Gochiso Gourmet

Nichi Bei Internship Fund: Former Nichi Bei interns reflect upon the impact of their internships

Nichi Bei People: Nichi Bei Weekly columnists

Nichi Bei People: Nichi Bei Staff

Nichi Bei People: Nichi Bei Foundation Board of Directors

Mask and Vax: A Special Message from the Nichi Bei staff and board

“Love Over Hate” (Nichi Bei Day of Giving Remix), by the Yokohama Sisters, featuring former Nichi Bei Times intern Maho Watanabe and special America-based cameos including Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei, Mountain View City Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga, and NBC Bay Area’s Mike Inouye.



$60,000 matching grant by The Craig Foundation!

The first $60,000 raised was matched by a generous grant from The Craig Foundation. 

In addition, we received a generous $15,000 donation from the Kinjiro and Eiko Moriguchi Fund. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of Eddie Moriguchi, a longtime San Francisco Japantown-based CPA and president of the Kinjiro and Eiko Moriguchi Fund, who passed away on the 2020 Nichi Bei Day of Giving.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Nichi Bei Day of Giving LIVE TELECAST on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, 3 to 6:30 p.m.

NEW: Text “NBF” to Give at 415-634-1333

You can determine the participant to fund from the Web or mobile device

Your generous support can help us:

• Address critical budgetary shortfalls impacted by COVID-19

• Maintain or expand staff capacity 

• Create reserve funding

• Support our community’s pandemic recovery

This unexpected coronavirus pandemic has surely changed the world, and we are certainly not immune to the dire economic effects of the COVID-19 virus. And while several fundraisers and one of our largest advertising revenue efforts have been wiped out due to the impact of the virus, we remain committed to serving our community with renewed commitment.

Although our dedicated staff has for the most part been working remotely since March 17, 2020, we have nonetheless witnessed a prolific amount of expanded coverage, thanks to the support of The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, Renaissance Journalism, the JA Community Foundation and the Oshima Ueunten Foundation. Last year’s Nichi Bei Day of Giving raised a record $140,000, largely through a generous $50,000 matching grant from The Craig Foundation, $20,000 from the Kinjiro and Eiko Moriguchi Fund and the generous support of many like yourself.

This year, we hope you will support our fifth annual Nichi Bei Day of Giving, which will continue to help us sustain our operations; expand our mission to keep the community connected, informed and empowered; and allow us to keep building upon our 122-year legacy of community leadership through media.

Help us support the community in these uncertain times

Through our Community Stimulus Initiative, we propose to:

• Continue to expand regular edition page counts by 33 percent over pre-pandemic levels.

• Offer FREE three-month trial subscriptions to the Nichi Bei Weekly to get an increasingly isolated community connected and engaged

• Support nonprofits with sponsored advertising of their fundraising events

• Expanded coverage geared toward those sheltering in place, including:

Origami lessons in collaboration with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Japanese language lessons in collaboration with Lincoln High School Japanese language school teacher Arisa Hiroi

Japanese recipes by Namiko Chen of justonecookbook.com.

– Culturally-relevant crossword and sudoku puzzles

Community Spotlight feature on small businesses and nonprofits open and adapting to the pandemic

Genki Aging series on aging in the Japanese American community

– Comics on treasured community businesses by Yonsei comic artist Sam Nakahira

Nikkei Q, a new LGBTQ-oriented column by San Francisco State University College of Ethnic Studies Dean Amy Sueyoshi

Changing Landscapes, a new column by landscape architect and Cal Poly Pomona Professor Keiji Uesugi.





The Nichi Bei Foundation is an educational and charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping the Japanese American community connected, informed and empowered — primarily through a community newspaper (Nichi Bei Weekly) and Website (www.nichibei.org), as well as educational programs.

Help us raise critically-needed funds, and support our dedicated team!

In addition to publishing 28 bi-weekly publications a year — including our New Year’s Edition, the Japanese Culture and Cherry Blossom Festivals Guide, the Obon and Summer Festivals Guide and our Home and Garden Issue — we produce a number of meaningful annual educational programs such as:


• Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films dedicated to educating the public about the wartime forced relocation and incarceration of the Japanese American community, which has been presented in both San Francisco and San Jose Japantowns, Sacramento and New York City;


• Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage, a community pilgrimage to the former Immigration Station designed to honor our immigrant pioneers, reconnect to this forgotten history and conduct family history research. Over four pilgrimages, we have helped to bring more than 1,700 people to the former Immigration Station.


Wakamatsu Pilgrimage. The Nichi Bei Foundation has led two four-bus pilgrimages from throughout Northern California to the site of the former Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony, the first large settlement of Japanese in America. Launching buses from San Francisco and San Jose Japantowns, Emeryville and Sacramento, Japanese Americans descended upon the historic site, which includes the grave site of Okei Ito, the first Japanese woman to die in America.



Commemoration of the atomic bombings, presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation and Friends of Hibakusha in collaboration with the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco.



San Francisco Japantown Map and Directory, the most comprehensive map and directory of San Francisco’s Japantown ever created, which is distributed to some 300 airports, hotels, car rental locations and visitor centers, including the popular Pier 39. This helps to bring more people to support the historic ethnic enclave.

But in order for us to continue these meaningful community publications and programs, we need your help in helping to raise some critical funding to build capacity and combat the downturn in advertising revenue.