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22 September 2018

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Currently through Oct. 28
The Hayward Area Historical Society presents “Loyal Americans: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II,” an exhibition of artifacts and stories from Japanese American families extracted from their homes and later incarcerated during World War II. Many of the personal accounts and loaned artifacts are from local families and their descendants. Items such as camp handicraft, paintings, small furniture, military artifacts, uncover a piece of history not commonly seen. Thanks to a generous grant from Edward E. and Donna L. Martins Foundation. Admission to the museum is currently free. The exhibition is supported by Eden Township JACL. The museum is located at 22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward. For more information, call (510) 581-0223, Museum hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16
Feel the power and excitement of the 7th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition matches on the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza. Meet and Greet will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the East Mall, outside the Union Bank Room. Sumo exhibitions will take place on Sunday at 12 noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on the Peace Plaza. The free event will feature three world class Sumo wrestlers. For more information, go online at or

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-22
Join us for the culmination of San Jose Taiko’s 45th Anniversary celebration! Our 45th Anniversary concert will feature collaborations with special guest artists Aswat Ensemble and Wesley Jazz Ensemble to highlight some pieces developed for our 45th Anniversary as well as a medley of San Jose Taiko songs from the past 45 years. We hope you’ll join us at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza to help us celebrate this milestone! There will be three shows: Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., at School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave. San Jose. $25 Adult Presale // $20 Student/Senior Presale, $30 Adult At-Door // $25 Student/Senior At-Door. All shows are the same program and will be approximately 2 hours in length (including a 15 minute intermission). Doors will open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Will call will open one hour before showtime. Email if you have any questions, or call (408) 293-9344.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Are our temple and church-based youth programs welcoming to LGBTQ youth? How can we be mindful of LGBTQ youth concerns in all our activities? How do we help create compassionate, nurturing, inclusive communities for all? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Center for Buddhist Education (CBE), will present a workshop: “Creating Inclusive Youth Programs; Supporting LGBTQ Youth & Families; Nurturing Compassionate Communities,” at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave. in Berkeley. The keynote speaker is Aiden Aizumi who is a National PFLAG, API Educator and co-author, with his mother, Marsha Aizumi, of “Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and their Journey to Love and Acceptance.”
The workshop will also include an LGBTQ youth panel, interfaith clergy panel, and provide training resources. Registration is $20 (includes lunch) Deadline is Friday, Sept. 21. For more information, call (510) 809-1460 or email Details are online: registration, sponsor/supporting organization opportunities at

Saturday, Sept. 29
San Francisco Japantown is pleased to host “Osaka Matsuri,” an event to celebrate their oldest sister city relationship with Osaka, Japan. This year, San Francisco is celebrating its 61st year of its relationship with Japanese sister city Osaka by hosting “Osaka Matsuri,” 12 noon to 5 p.m., on the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza. Enjoy Japanese music and dance performances at the Peace Plaza stage and take a “Taste of Osaka” culinary journey at participating restaurants throughout Japantown. For more information, online at

Saturday, Sept. 29
JAMsj will present “Japanese Fishermen of Monterey,” 1 p.m., at the museum located at 535 N. 5th St. in San Jose Japantown. Event cost is free with admission to the museum. Non-member adults $8, Seniors over 65 and students (with valid ID) $5; JAMsj members and children (12 and under) are free. For reservations or more information, email at, or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday, Sept. 29
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is proud to present “Sake Day 2018,” from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street in San Francisco. “This is the original and largest “nihonshu no hi” or Sake Day celebration outside of Japan!” Tickets are $70 if purchased early, or $80 at the door.  Participants must be 21 and over with valid ID. For more information, go online at or call (415) 355-9555.

Saturday, Oct. 6
24th Annual Eden Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Eden Japanese Community Center. For more information please contact Alice Hu, or Karen Valerio,

Saturday, Oct. 13
Come and join us for an “Oldies” dance, “Unforgettable,” at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple Sangha Hall from 8 to 11:30 p.m. It will feature original music from the 60’s through the present. Cost is $30 until Oct. 6; $40 at the door. Please visit our website at for more information and registration. It will be an “Unforgettable” evening of dancing, socializing, light snacks, silent auction, and fun! Ages 21 and over only.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Crafty Foxes Holiday Boutique will be held at a new location this year. The new location will be at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. 5th Street in San Jose Japantown. For more information about the Asian craft show, contact

Saturday, Oct. 13
Kimochi’s ISSHO-NI fundraising event will feature tastings of Japanese whiskey, sake, beer, and wine—in addition to food, musical entertainment, and a silent auction. 6 to 9 p.m. at Covo, 981 Mission St. in San Francisco. “Issho-ni” means “together,” and it celebrates the coming together of a community in benefit of seniors and their caregivers. All proceeds will go towards supporting Kimochi’s programs and services at both our San Francisco and San Mateo locations. Early bird ticket price is $50, at the door $75. For more information, call (415) 931-2294,

Sunday, Oct. 21
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will host a “Health, Sports, and Culture Day,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the museum located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose. “Please join us for an afternoon of cultural demonstrations that brings Health, Sports and Culture together. There will be various performance by our own local young talent followed by relay races (Undokai) for the kids. So pack your Obento lunch and enjoy the afternoon. The JAMsj Museum will also be open with docents on hand for tours.” Event cost is free with admission to the museum. Adults $8, Seniors over 65 and students (with valid ID) $5; JAMsj members and children (12 and under) are free. For reservations or more information, You can also email at, or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11
50th Anniversary International Taiko Festival at San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N Delaware Street in San Mateo. Sponsored by Nippon Taiko Foundation, NBC Bay Area, Miyamoto Unosuke Co., Ltd., Don & Hisae Dickey and Asano Taiko U.S. Purchase tickets online at

Saturday, Dec. 15
Kimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts and Food Faire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco.