Nichi Bei Café

Has the seemingly never-ending pandemic got you down? Come and hang out at the Nichi Bei Café, where east meets west to serve up a mixed plate of Japanese American news and culture.

An innovative monthly livestream program designed to keep the community engaged and connected from the comforts of their own homes, the Nichi Bei Café will feature news and events, cooking videos in collaboration with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook, origami video lessons with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree, cocktail recipes and more from The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto in Hawai‘i, and videos of Japanese American legacy businesses.

The Nichi Bei Café is funded by a generous grant from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

Stay tuned here to find out what’s on the next menu…


Episode 8: In the Mix 🥣

Thursday, September 18, 2022, 6 p.m.

on the Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook Live and YouTube channels

Appetizer:

Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Salad:

•  Tanforan Memorial

Main Course:

• ‘No No Girl’ director Paul Daisuke Goodman

Multiracial Nikkei parenting

• A multiracial teen finds home in Hiroshima

Dessert:

Fresh spring rolls with yakiniku with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook 

Puffy star origami with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

Ms S Cocktail with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto 

Tip:

• Community Calendar


Episode 7: 🍚Food🍙

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 6 p.m.

on the Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook Live and YouTube channels

Appetizer:

Nikkei Wine at San Francisco’s Sequoia Sake with contributing writer Sam Kang

Salad:

•  Aloha Tofu in Oahu

Main Course:

Santo Market in San Jose’s Japantown with Mark Santo

Takahashi Market in San Mateo with Gene and Bobby Takahashi

Umami Mart in Oakland with Nichi Bei writer, Akiko Minaga, and Kayoko Akabori

Dessert:

Honey Sesame Shirataki Noodles with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook 

Carrot origami with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

Almost on Vacation Cocktail with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto 

Tip:

• Community Calendar


Episode 6: Summer Festivals

Appetizer:

Summer Book Review: Frank Abe and Art Hansen on voices of resistance

Salad:

•  The meaning of Obon with Reverend Matthew Hamasaki of the Buddhist Church of Sacramento

Main Course:

The Return of San Jose Obon with lead choreographer Reiko Iwanaga and San Jose Obon Chair Ken Kamei

San Francisco Obon with Buddhist Church of San Francisco President Arlene Kimata, with Bon Odori instructors Chiemi and Nobumi Silver and Kelly Eshima

Dessert:

Anmitsu with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook 

Nightcap:

Hawai’i 2.5 Cocktail with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto 

Tip:

• Listing of Obon Festivals across America


Episode 5: The Joy of Soy

Appetizer:

• Preview of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

Salad:

•  LGBTQ Exhibit at NJAHS

Main Course:

Hodo Soy video
• Interview with Bachan’s Japanese Sauce

Dessert:

Tofu origami with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

Agedashi Tofu with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook 

Tip:

• Community Calendar and Obon Sneak Peek


Episode 4: AAPI Heritage Month Edition

Appetizer:

• Interview with “Free Chol Soo Lee” directors Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, featuring activists Ranko Yamada, David Kakishiba and Peggy Saika

Salad:

•  Pan-fried ginger pork belly by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Main Course:

• Interview with Robert HandaAAPI Heritage Month Honoree
Chizu Omori‘s Antidote to Aging​​​​​​​
Senior centers – Yu-Ai Kai, J-Sei, and Kimochi

Dessert:

Rabbit origami with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

Mona Lisa with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto

Tip:

• Senior Services + Community Calendar

Musical Interlude:

“Asian Americans Make History” by Only Won, Larissa Lam and Lil’ Won


Episode 3: Culture Edition

Zensai (Appetizer):

• The world premiere of “Songs for J-Town” by Mark Izu

Salad:

Ginger pork shogayaki by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Main Course:

 Community festivals spring back to life
• Hawai‘i Okinawa Center

• Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Dessert:

• The end of an era at Benkyodo

Happi coat origami with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

• Negroni with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto

Tip:

• Cultural festivals across the country

Musical Interlude:

• “Songs for J-Town”

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Episode 2: Home & Garden Edition

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 6 p.m.

View Episode 2 HERE

Zensai (Appetizer):

• The Grateful Crane Ensemble marks 20th anniversary with Sacramento performances

Salad:

• Katsura Garden in San Francisco’s Japantown: Bonsai, flowers and more

Main Course:

• Hayward’s Japanese Garden: A hidden gem in the East Bay
Tanaka Farms in Irvine: Educating the public through farm tours

Dessert:

Benkyodo: San Francisco Japantown’s oldest business

Sakura Mochi with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Nightcap:

Hina Ningyo origami lesson with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Tip:

Japanese Public Gardens

Musical Interlude:

“Sukiyaki” for Tohoku by the Grateful Crane Ensemble

 

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Episode 1:

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, 6 p.m.

View Episode 1 HERE

Zensai (Appetizer):

How to make Yuzu Sorbet with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Salad:

Preview of Northern California Day of Remembrance programs, including:

Christine Umeda, chair of the Northern California Time of Remembrance in Sacramento

Reiko Nakayama and Will Kaku, chair and vice chair of San Jose Day of Remembrance

Jeffrey Matsuoka, chair of the Bay Area Day of Remembrance in San Francisco

Main Course:

Creating Day of Remembrance, a video essay by Frank Abe, who helped to organize the first Day of Remembrance commemoration in 1978.

• The 11th annual Films of Remembrance, a showcase of films on the wartime forced relocation and incarceration of the Japanese American community.

Dessert:

How to make an origami heart with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree

Nightcap:

• The Da Gala cocktail with The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto

Tip:

Upcoming community events

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