‘Jazz Katsu’ mixes jazz and pork on a stick to benefit Japan

SAN JOSE — With thrilling riffs, familiar jazz, old style “scatting” and great eats, the inaugural “Jazz Katsu” collaborative, a free jazz fundraising concert and kushi katsu fry-a-thon, was held at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Aug. 27 in San Jose’s Japantown. Fundraising tickets were sold for two kushi katsu — delectable panko encrusted […]

SORTING THROUGH THE AFTERMATH: Consul General of Japan reflects upon disaster

In September 2010, Hiroshi Inomata was appointed consul general of Japan in San Francisco. Just six months after his arrival, Japan was hit by a major national disaster, devastating areas of Northern Japan and causing energy and radiation concerns throughout the country. In the months since the earthquake and tsunami, Inomata and his staff have […]

Taking the world by storm, B’z ready to rock

Japan’s best-selling band is back to perform at The Fillmore. The legendary two-man rock band B’z will rock out in San Francisco on Friday, July 22, the second of three venues on their North American tour, “B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -long time no see-.” B’z will perform in Vancouver on Wednesday, July 20 and in Los […]

Tweets to cheer disaster victims find way into books

TOKYO — When the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan on March 11 and knocked out telephone lines, Twitter was flooded with messages trying to reach people affected, including expressions of encouragement, and those words are now making their way into books as memorials of the country’s biggest postwar crisis. “Pray For Japan,” a printed version of […]

Intricate bonds behind Taiwan’s donations to Japan

TAIPEI — Taiwan, a country of 23 million people, has to date pledged approximately NT$5.9 billion (about $205 million) in relief funds following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11. By comparison, South Korea’s 49 million people have raised 55 billion won (about $50 million), while the United States, a […]

How to aid relief efforts in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Los Gatos, Calif. Artist talk with Ken Matsumoto Saturday, June 4 The Iwasawa Oriental Art gallery and Japan Society of Northern California will host a relief benefit for the people of Japan. Sculptor Ken Matsumoto will give an exclusive meet-and-greet event and a lecture at 2:30 p.m. at Iwasawa Oriental Art, 75 University Ave. Admission […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

San Francisco Thursday, May 19 Art at Night: Chinatown benefit for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund The Chinese Culture Center will present its first installment of “Art at Night,” a series dedicated to providing the community with space to enjoy art and food while contributing to various causes, held at Hilton San Francisco Financial […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Santa Cruz, Calif. Kabuki Cabaret Thursday, May 26 Brenda Wong Aoki and Emmy award-winning composer Mark Izu will dedicate a performance to benefit The Jizo Project. The performance will be held at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St. #2, Santa Cruz, Calif. at 6 p.m. Aoki’s work draws on her cultural heritage, and invokes […]

Nihonmachi Terrace completes $30M renovation of affordable housing project

Money isn’t easy to come by in these economic times, especially from the federal government. Nihonmachi Terrace, however, secured $30 million from various financial institutions to conduct a massive remodeling effort that started in 2009. In just two years, the facilities have been updated with environmentally friendly appliances, a new exercise room, a community reading […]

NorCal community raises relief funds for Northern Japan at Cherry Blossom Festival

Joining communities all over the world in taking action, San Francisco’s Japanese-speaking and Japanese American communities have been using art, food and other aspects of their culture to raise funds for the relief efforts following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear crisis. As it did to aid the Japan during previous times of […]