Calendar of Events
Sunday, March 11
The Sacramento Buddhist Church will hold its first Sakura Matsuri from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church located at 2401 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento. This will be a food and shopping faire for the public. For additional information and pre-sale forms, contact Adult Buddhist Association (ABA) or Sacramento Buddhist Women’s Association (SBWA) or buddhistchurch.com or call the Church Office at (916) 446-0121.
Friday, March 16
In January 2018, Yamato brought their Chousensha- The Challengers World Tour to the United States for a 30-city tour. The U.S. appearances are part of their 2017-2018 world tour, an initiative which, in the past 10 years, has brought the troupe to 51 countries and regions, giving 2,500 performances for nearly half a million people. Stops in the U.S. range from colleges and universities to large performing arts venues, spanning the entire nation from Maine to California. The March 16 performance will be held at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. For more information on the group or to purchase tickets online, visit www.yamatodrummers.com
Sunday-Monday, March 18-19
In January 2018, Yamato brought their Chousensha- The Challengers World Tour to the United States for a 30-city tour. The U.S. appearances are part of their 2017-2018 world tour, an initiative which, in the past 10 years, has brought the troupe to 51 countries and regions, giving 2,500 performances for nearly half a million people. Stops in the U.S. range from colleges and universities to large performing arts venues, spanning the entire nation from Maine to California. The March 18-19 performance will be held at Davis Mondavi Center in UC Davis. For more information on the group or to purchase tickets online, visit www.yamatodrummers.com
Saturday, March 17
Join the Stockton chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association of San Joaquin Delta College for the Central Valley premiere of the film “The Ito Sisters, An American Story,”1 p.m., at Tillie Lewis Theater at San Joaquin Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Director Antonia Grace Glenn will be on hand for Q&A following the viewing. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Please RSVP. Contact Aeko Yoshikawa at (209) 470-5578 or email at email@example.com
Saturday, March 17
The Japanese American Women Alumnae of U.C. Berkeley (JAWAUCB) cordially invites Cal Alumni, Students and Friends to its 28th Annual Spring Scholarship and Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at Berkeley Country Club, 7901 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito. The keynote speaker will be Dianne Fukami, an Emmy-award winning TV producer who has been in the business for more than 30 years, was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism. The registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 27. JAWAUCB cordially invites all who are interested in attending. The cost of the luncheon is $45 for regular guests and $25 for students. For more information contact Leslie Tsukamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org. On the internet at www.jawaucb.org
Sunday, March 18
International Association of Tako Age (IATA) will fly their kites from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park (Highway 101 and Marsh Road). Our famous home cooked Japanese food will be served but the facility has no BBQ equipment. If you can bring your dish for sharing, that will be great. For more information, call (415) 420-5321.
Saturday, March 24
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) will feature renowned local author Jeanette Arakawa talking about her book “The Little Exile.” This book describes, from a child’s innocent perspective, growing up in pre-war San Francisco, incarceration in Arkansas, resettlement in a run-down section of Denver and a hopeful final return to San Francisco. The program will start at 1 p.m. at JAMsj which is located at 535 N. 5th St. in San Jose’s Japantown. This event is free to JAMsj members, students/seniors: $5, and adults: $8. RSVP required, please contact: email@example.com. For more information visit www.jamsj.org. or call (408) 294-3138.
Saturday, April 7
The full-length feature movie by Producer Stacey Hayashi, “Go for Broke,” will be screened for the first time on the mainland at 11 a.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 North Fifth Street, San Jose. Writer/Producer Stacey Hayashi will be in attendance. Tickets are available by contacting the Japanese American Museum of San Jose at (408) 294-3138. Online at www.jamsj.org
Friday, April 20
J-Sei invites the community to enjoy food and wine tastings at the 5th annual Flavors of Spring event to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the beautiful historic Berkeley City Club located at 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Bay area restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries will provide unlimited tastings while you enjoy live music, a silent auction and a special Flavors of Spring 2018 signature drink! Please join your friends, colleagues and family while providing critical support to senior services and cultural programs. For event tickets purchase online http://flavorsofspring2018.bpt.me or send check and contact information to J-Sei, 1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608. Tickets are $75 per person. Please call 510-654-4000 for more information.
Saturday, April 21
SACBC Annual all you can eat Luau will be held starting at 4 p.m. Entertainment by Hula Halau ‘O Nalua. Event held at church located at 32975 Alvarado Niles Road in Union City. Tickets can be purchased by calling (510) 471-2581, or visit sacbc.org
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29
Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. is sponsoring the 35th annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Cupertino’s Memorial Park, Quinlan Center and Senior Center. This fun family festival honors Cupertino’s sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan by sharing Japanese arts and culture with the entire community. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free, entertainment is free, and parking is free at De Anza College (Lots A&B). For more information about this event visit www.cupertinotoyokawa.org.
Sunday, April 29
Yu-Ai Kai welcomes the community to participate in its annual Nihonmachi Fun Run/Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. for all ages in San Jose’s Japantown. The Nihonmachi Fun Run/Walk is an annual event, offering participants of all ages a safe and pleasant three-mile (5K) course through the residential streets around San Jose’s historic Japantown. 2018 marks the 32nd year of the event! Register by Wednesday, April 25, to guarantee a T-shirt with an iconic design by Steve Yamaguma of Design2Market. Register online via Eventbrite: www.nihonmachirun2018.eventbrite.com or download a Registration Form from the Yu-Ai Kai website (www.yuaikai.org). Forms are also available in the lobbies of the Yu-Ai Kai and Akiyama Wellness Center buildings. Register early as prices go up on April 1. Sponsorship forms are available on the Yu-Ai Kai website (www.yuaikai.org). Registration is free for seniors 75 years of age or older. Runners and walkers only. No skates, skateboards, scooters, or bikes. For more information, contact the chairperson Rickey Ono, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 219-5238; or Ron Matsui at email@example.com. For the Kid’s run, contact Margaret Tomita at firstname.lastname@example.org