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 […]

Otagaisama: We help each other

I’m not an expert on Japanese culture and customs, but as I observe what’s happening in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, I am confident that the country and its people will eventually recover and rebuild their lives because of one key concept and way of life that is deeply embedded in the Japanese spirit: “Otagaisama” (helping […]

REFLECTION ON JAPAN: Growing stigma against victims of Fukushima

Editor’s note: A month after the Tohoku disaster, a quasi-nationalistic “love it or leave it” attitude has gained currency, putting pressure on people to stay and face potential dangers for the sake of group solidarity. A wrenching dilemma has emerged in the midst of the nuclear radiation crisis afflicting Japan. A quasi-nationalistic “love it or […]

How to help the survivors (a partial list)

San Francisco Music For Japan Saturday, April 30 There will be a charity concert for Japan performed by various bands at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St. #200, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Maestro JT, a local musician from Haiti, developed this event to unite Haitians and persons of Japanese descent with regard […]

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Sister City ties and calls for relief

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The 28th annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honoring the Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan will be held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park on Stevens Creek Boulevard across from De Anza College. In 1983, a delegation from Toyokawa, Japan visited […]

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 […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

  International Hope Letters is an initiative to collect online letters directed toward communities that have been affected by the devastation in Northeastern Japan. As of April 11, 1,000 letters in both English and Japanese have been published online through this effort to convey hope and support to those in Japan. According to the Website, […]

Jeddie Kawahatsu crowned 2011 Northern CA Cherry Blossom Festival queen

After an evening of speeches, dancing and music — striking a balance between joyous celebration and somber reflection on the devastation in Northeastern Japan — San Francisco native Jeddie Narumi Kawahatsu, 21, was crowned 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival queen. At Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown on April 9, candidates Kaori Saito, […]

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