Japanese American Community Resource Guide

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Historically, the Nichi Bei Times, like the prewar Nichi Bei Shimbun before it, published the Nichi Bei Nenkan, or Japanese American Directory, connecting Japanese Americans with Japanese American-owned businesses, services and communities across the country, and even faraway places like Mexico, Cuba and Hawai‘i. Our modern-day guide connects you to Japanese American community resources across the Bay Area, Northern California, and North America.

We invite you to get involved, to find a historical destination, cultural arts or Japanese language class, Japanese garden, community-based nonprofit organizations, cultural festival, market or church — and especially Japantowns, of which only four remain today.

“Nikkei Connections: Japanese American Community Resource Guide” was funded by a grant from The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation.

Historic Destinations
Places to visit in the U.S. with historical significance to Japanese Americans.

Wartime Incarceration Sites
A map of wartime confinement sites that held people of Japanese descent during WWII.

Public Japanese Gardens
A directory of Japanese gardens across the U.S.

Japanese Cultural Arts Directory

Japanese Language School Directory

Summer Cultural Programs & Events

Nikkei Churches

Nikkei Senior Centers

Historic Japantowns
A map of prewar J-Towns across the U.S.

San Francisco Japantown
• Map of historic sites
• Map and directory of today’s Japantown

San Jose Japantown
• Map historic sites
• Directory of today’s SJ Japantown

Sawtelle Japantown

Little Tokyo History Tour

Little Tokyo Map and Directory

U.S.-Japan Sister Cities

Japanese Markets

San Francisco Nonprofits

San Jose Nonprofits

Peninsula Nonprofits

East Bay/North Bay Nonprofits

Sacramento Region Nonprofits

Central Valley/ Central California Nonprofits

Southern California Nonprofits

Out-of-State Nonprofits

Little Tokyo Nonprofits

Japanese Cultural Festivals

Cultural & Community Centers