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24 August 2017

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Saturday, Aug. 19
The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program will hold its 5th annual “Japan Fest” fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Fairfield Community Center located at 1000 Kentucky Street in Fairfield. Tickets can be purchased online at Entry tickets are $5, and entry with lunch is $20. Kids four years of age and younger get free entry to the event. For more information about the 4th annual “Japan Fest”, please contact Event Chair Kelley Cortright by email at or by phone at (707) 426-5603.

Saturday, Aug. 26
Taste Mikami Vineyards wines and learn the Mikami family story at the Issei Memorial Building in San Jose Japantown starting at 5:30 p.m. The Issei Memorial Building is located at 565 N. 5th Street, San Jose. Event sponsored by Japanese American Museum San Jose and San Jose Japanese American Citizens League. RSVP is required. JAMsj and SJ JACL Members price $20 / Non-Member price $25. Must be 21 years or older to attend. No children allowed. For more information, contact JAMsj at (408) 294-3138 or email

Sunday, Sept. 3
Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars champion, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Olympic gold win with a star-studded figure skating spectacular, Golden Moment, at SAP Center in San Jose. The event will benefit Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, which supports early childhood literacy. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at the end of May. Tickets are available through the SAP Center at San Jose Ticket Office, via, all Ticketmaster locations, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Yu-Ai Kai will continue their Kenko (Healthy) Living Series with a panel presentation titled “Stress Management: Taking Care of You While Caring for Others,” from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Yu-Ai Kai, 3rd Floor – 588 North 4th Street, San Jose Japantown. This event is free and open to the public. Following the talk, eat a delicious lunch at the Yu-Ai Cafe (2nd Floor) for a mere $3 contribution (age 60+). Reservations can be made in advance by calling (408) 297-4979.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Join us at Tabemasho 2017 as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City relationship, the longest relationship that exists between the United States and Japan. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., at JCCCNC in San Francisco Japantown. We will be welcoming three Master Chefs from Osaka, known as the Kitchen of Japan! For more information, call JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 for additional information or to be a sponsor for the event. The JCCCNC is located at 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco.

Sunday, Sept. 17
The San Mateo Bonsai Club will hold its 54th Annual Bonsai Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the San Mateo Japanese-American Community Center at 503 East 5th Avenue in San Mateo.  Come see the wonderful creations, have your bonsai checked, and purchase bonsai supplies. Admission is free. For more information, call (650) 548-9470.

Saturday, Sept. 23
The Bay Area Groups (formerly the S.F. All Clubs Reunion) invite all friends from members from social, church, all athletic groups, Boys and Girl Scouts, bowlers, golfers, fishermen and women, knitters, or just old friends around the Bay Area to gather for a reunion from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, (handicap accessible). Admission cost is $45 per person – includes a bento lunch and a vintage photo slide show. For more information feel free to contact: Kenny Ina –, Doris Arikawa Sasaki –, or John Kobayashi –

Sunday, Sept. 24
Registration opens July 1 for the 2017 San Francisco Aloha Run, which will be held at Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco. The 10k and 5k run/walk will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Limited event-day registration may be available beginning at 6:30 a.m. The Keiki Run will begin at 10 a.m., and the Tot Trot will start immediately after the Keiki Run. For more information, go to

Saturday, Sept. 30
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is proud to be the recipient of the proceeds of “Sake Day 2017,” which is presented by True Sake and will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Tickets for this year’s Sake Day are $65 for early bird until Saturday, July 15 and then will be increased to $75. This event is sure to sell out. Participants must be 21 and over with a valid ID. For more information, go to or call (415) 355-9555.

Friday, Oct. 6
The Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple presents the band Kalapana, 7 p.m., at the Golden State Theater in Monterey. Go to for more information.