Community club members to reunite Oct. 15

The San Francisco Japantown “All Clubs” Reunion invites members of social, scout and athletic clubs from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s to reconnect with old friends and reminisce on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in Japantown. Admission costs […]

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

Oakland, Calif. We Are One Island: Japan Relief Concert and Auction Saturday, April 23 The One Island Productions and Oakland Asian Cultural Center present “WE ARE ONE ISLAND” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 9th St., Suite 290 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction. Price of admission […]

How you can help (a partial list)

  Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has established a bank account to accept donations. Donations are planned to be remitted to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Send a check payable to Consulate General of Japan, attention to “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” and send them to […]

Nikkei rush to aid victims during time of need

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has received more than $150,000 in donations, just a few days after launching the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund March 11, following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan the same day. This outpouring of support is the “Japanese American community’s response,” said […]

CONNECTING OVER COFFEE: Shin-Issei and Shin-Nisei discuss cultural nuances

Most people have never heard the phrase “Shin-Nisei,” including those to whom it applies. “I didn’t even know there was a term for someone like me whose parents are Japanese,” said Atsushi Miyamoto. His comment elicited sympathetic nods. More than 30 people had gathered for the first “Shin Nisei/Issei Coffee Date” organized by nihonmachiROOTS, a […]

Workshop on preserving artifacts from camp in SF’s Japantown March 5

The National Japanese American Historical Society, in association with the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), will hold a workshop on Saturday, March 5 on preserving both artifacts from the World War II incarceration camps and other treasured collectibles. “Treasures Revealed,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the […]

SF Japantown district supervisor to run for sheriff as predecessor named Adachi’s chief assistant

As District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi threw his hat into the ring for the seat held for 31 years by San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey, the predecessor of Mirkarimi’s district representing Japantown was surprisingly named the chief assistant to Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Former San Francisco supervisor, mayoral candidate, and U.S. vice presidential candidate Matt […]

Revisions to the San Francisco Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan continue

It’s been more than a year and a half since the draft Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) was published and more than three years since the initiative was originally launched. The plan, a joint effort between the City of San Francisco and the community, is meant to govern the future growth and preservation of San […]

40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri

The JCCCNC’s 40th annual Oshogatsu matsuri was held on Jan. 8 in SF’s Japantown. The community celebration welcomed in the new year with arts and crafts, mochitsuki, taiko drumming, food and a children’s art contest. J-town Arts silk-screened T-shirts for free. How awesome is that? Nichi Bei staff were on hand snacking, snapping pictures and […]

Woman, 23, murdered in SF Japantown

A young woman who was shot to death in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood on Thursday night has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner’s office as Medina Abdulkader. Abdulkader, 23, of San Francisco, was killed at about 8:55 p.m. Nov. 25 near the intersection of Buchanan Street and Geary Boulevard, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield […]