We’ve met the $60,000 matching donation from The Craig Foundation (INCREASED from $50,000), raising more than $121,000 thus far!

The Day of Giving fundraising pages will remain open until Sept. 30, 2022. A heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to this year’s fundraising efforts, including $60,000 from The Craig Foundation and $15,000 from the Kinjiro and Eiko Moriguchi Fund.

Thanks to your generous support, we can:

  • Continue to support our community’s pandemic recovery
  • Maintain and expand staff capacity for our nonprofit organization
  • Create reserve funding for unexpected needs
  • Help us build for the future!

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. But instead of retreating during the pandemic, the Nichi Bei Weekly has expanded our pages to better serve the community through new features — including cooking, origami and Japanese language lessons — and the publication of our most ambitious and popular publication yet, Nikkei Connections: Japanese American Community Resource Guide.”

Although our dedicated staff has for the most part been working remotely since March 2020, we have nonetheless witnessed a prolific amount of expanded coverage. And to further serve the community, this past February we launched the Nichi Bei Café,” a monthly livestream program that brings our stories to life in video format, while incorporating origami lessons by Linda Mihara of Paper Tree, Japanese cooking by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook and cocktail lessons by The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto. An innovative new addition to the Nichi Bei lineup, the “Nichi Bei Café” is funded by a generous grant from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

Help us support the community in these uncertain times!

How to join in the efforts!

  • Contribute through Sept. 5!
  • Build your own fundraising pageor create a fundraising team.

Join us live Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, 3-6 p.m.!

on the Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook Live and YouTube channels

Help us support the community in these uncertain times

View selected the 2021 Nichi Bei Day of Giving telecast


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.

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