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23 May 2018

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Currently through June 2
Award winning Sacramento Bee photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., will showcase his national traveling exhibition in a limited eight-week show, “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit: Triumphing Over Adversity Japanese American WWII Incarceration Reflections Then and Now” at Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon St. in downtown Roseville. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (916) 783-4117.

Sunday, May 13
Enjoy an evening filled with traditional minyo (Japanese folk songs) and contemporary fusion on Tsugaru Shamisen, piano (keyboard) and voice, featuring guest artist from Japan, Yuzu Natsumi, along with masters of Tsugaru Shamisen: Mike Penny and Kyle Abbott. The performance doors open at 4:30 p.m., showtime is 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Art Object Gallery, 592 N 5th St., San Jose Japantown. Tickets are available at the door. Suggested donation $15. For more information, email Abbott at

Tuesday, May 15
In community partnership with JACL, Nakayoshi and San Jose Japantown, join the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:15 p.m. to cheer on the San Francisco Giants as they play against the Cincinnati Reds. Tickets are $18 for JCCCNC members and $23 for non-members. Groups of 15 or more qualify for JCCCNC member rates. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets or for more information about Japanese Heritage Night with the JCCCNC, visit or call the Center at (415) 567-5505.

Wednesday, May 16
The public is welcome to a free concert at the Palo Alto Budhdist Temple at 10:30 a.m. Baisho Matsumoto will play the Shakuhachi, Shamisen, and sings Japanese songs. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.

Saturday, May 19
Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs at Henry W. Coe State Park will present from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., “Healthy Living Through History.” In addition to exhibitors, guided tours and entertainment will take place throughout the day. Among the exhibitors will be Nancy Ukai’s “50 objects/50 stories of the American Japanese Incarceration.” All proceeds go to Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs protection and restoration efforts. Carpool is recommended, as parking is limited. For reservations, call (408) 314-7185. Online at

Saturday, May 19
San Jose Chidori Band Concert at 3 p.m., at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex, 640 N. 5th St. $20 donation. Hiroshi Fujiwara, King Records recording artist from Japan, will sing at the Chidori Band concert as a special guest performer. Tickets available at Nikkei Traditions and Kogura Company. For more information, call (408) 289-1110.

Saturday, May 19
FFNV will host its annual Memorial Service at 12 noon, at Roberts Park in the Oakland Hills. The service is open to veterans of all wars with a focus on World War II veterans. Potluck picnic will follow. For more information, please contact Brian Shiroyama at or call (408) 896-1021. Online at

Sunday, May 20
The San Mateo Bonsai Club will hold its Annual Satsuki Azalea and Bonsai Exhibit on Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gardeners’ Hall 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.

Sunday, May 20
Buddhist Education Class “Jodo Shinshu From A Beginners Perspective,” by Rev. Kurt Rye, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento. $10/class. Register by calling (916) 446-0121 or online at

Sunday, May 20
Continuing a happy tradition that began more than 15 years ago, taiko master Kenny Endo is once again returning this year to headline the entertainment at the 69th annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way. The two-day bazaar and arts festival, which is the major fundraiser for the temple, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The entertainment will be from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the temple at (510) 841-1356 or online at

Monday, May 28
The annual Inter-religious Memorial Day Service will be held at 10 a.m. in the Japanese section of the Oak Hill Memorial Park, 300 Curtner Avenue at Monterey Road in San Jose. The Memorial Day Service will bring together the Konko Church of San Jose, the Seicho-no-Ie Truth of Life Center, the Buddhist Churches of San Jose and Mountain View, the Nichiren Buddhist of Campbell, the Santa Clara Valley Christian Church, and the Wesley United Methodist Church to honor the military servicemen and servicewomen. The Trust Committee encourages all the public to come early because parking is limited due to many other memorial services being held throughout the park. For information, please contact Chairman Eric Masunaga at (408) 729-5166.

Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3
A 50th anniversary celebration of Buchanan Mall will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mall is located on Buchanan Street between Post and Sutter in San Francisco Japantown. Two origami-inspired fountains and other elements were designed by noted sculptor Ruth Asawa. It is the home of family-owned businesses such as Benkyodo, Paper Tree and Soko Hardware as well as the senior service agency Kimochi. Dedicated to the merchants, property owners, community organizations and valued visitors, the celebration will feature music, dance and other cultural performances.

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24
Buddhist Church of Lodi will hold its annual bazaar festivities starting at 12 noon. The church is located at 23 N. Stockton Street in Lodi. The bazaar will feature many cultural displays and demonstrations, such as Japanese swords, folk and classical Japanese dancing, tea ceremony, koto, judo, ikebana, and Japanese cooking. Obon Odori will be held on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. On both days, a variety of Japanese food will be offered. Teriyaki chicken, sushi, curry rice, tempura, udon, Spam musubi, chicken salad, and chow mein will be available in the outdoor patio area. For more information, call the church office at (209) 368-5589 or online at

Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24
The San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s annual bazaar will be held on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Church is located at 2 So. Claremont St., San Mateo. Come and enjoy our specialties: yaki soba, Imagawa-yaki, games and bingo for all. For more information call (650) 342-2541,

Saturday-Sunday, June 30-July 1
The 64th annual Walnut Grove Buddhist Church Bazaar will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. The ever-popular teriyaki chicken, Bingo, with bonus prizes, will again be featured. The church is located off Hwy. 160 in Walnut Grove. (916) 776-1312,

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
The largest obon celebration in Northern California. The San Jose Buddhist Church Obon/Bazaar will be held on the street in front of the church located at 640 N. 5th St., in San Jose. For more information, call (408) 293-9292 or online at

Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15
Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church’s Annual Bazaar will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 7 p.m. For more information, call the Church office at (510) 471-2581 or

Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22
BCSF’s 80th Ginza Bazaar, 87th Bon Odori will be held Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Church office at (415) 776-3158 or