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21 October 2017

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Saturday, Oct. 14
40th Crafty Foxes Holiday Boutique will be held at the Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave Saratoga, (near West Valley College). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Asian craft show, contact

Sunday, Oct. 15
BCSF Aloha Chicken Bento Fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be obtained by calling the church at (415) 776-3158.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
The Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society will hold its 5th annual flower show at the Westgate Center Mall, 1600 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, on Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature many varieties and styles of exhibition chrysanthemums grown to their full potential. New for this year will be an artistic design section featuring mum flowers. Chrysanthemum blooms and plants will be available for sale. The show is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail: and check us out on Facebook, Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
“Growing up Sansei,” a community event and dialogue about our Japanese American upbringing, will take place on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, and on Sunday, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco. Presented by the Buddhist Church of San Francisco and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin in partnership with the Los Angeles-based Grateful Crane Ensemble, “Growing up Sansei,” or GUS, combines a live play reading and a community dialogue/Q&A facilitated by Dr. Satsuki Ina, a Northern California-based psychotherapist who specializes in cross-cultural counseling and trauma. The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin is located at 640 N. 5th Street (near Jackson) in San Jose’s Japantown. The Buddhist Church of San Francisco is located at 1881 Pine Street in San Francisco’s Japantown. (A free shuttle will be available from San Francisco’s Japantown Garage.)
General admission tickets are $20. For tickets and information, call BCSF at (415) 776-3158 or SJBCB at (408) 293-9292. Order tickets online at

Saturday, Oct. 21
The Honorable Mike Honda, former United States Representative of the 15th and 17th Congressional Districts, will be feted at the San Jose Japanese American Citizens League celebration dinner, “A Salute to Mike – A Champion for All People.” The benefit event starts at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn – San Jose Silicon Valley, 1350 N 1st St., San Jose. Individual ticket prices are $140 – General, $125 – SJ JACL Members and $70 – Youth (25 and under). Tickets are available at

Sunday, Oct. 22
Health/Sports Day originally held on Oct. 10 is the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, we thought we would bring this event closer to San Jose’s Japantown with our own version of a Health, Sports and Culture Day at JAMsj. Please join us for an afternoon of cultural demonstrations that brings Health, Sports and Culture together, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free with admission to the museum. RSVP at, email, or call (408) 294-3138. JAMsj is located at 535 N. 5th Street in San Jose.

Sunday, Oct. 22
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) will hold its fourth “Big Steps for Little Friends 5K Run/Walk” at Lindley Meadows on JFK Drive near 30th Avenue in Golden Gate Park. Registration is $10 for children (17 and under), $20 for adults is $20 in advance, $30 for adults on the day of the event. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Register at Contributions to NLF or its Plant a Seed Campaign can be made online through NLF’s website, or mailed directly to NLF at 1830 Sutter St., San Francisco, 94115. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information, contact NLF at (415) 922-8898 or

Saturday, Nov. 4
San Francisco Taiko Dojo, led by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, is excited to announce the 49th Annual International Taiko Festival, will be held at 7 p.m. at Capuchino High Performing Arts Center, 1501 Magnolia Avenue in San Bruno. Tickets for the 49th Annual International Taiko Festival are $35 general admission, $30 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (415) 928-2456, or at the door on the night of the event.

Sunday, Nov. 5
“The Ito Sisters: An American Story,” a documentary film produced, directed and written by Antonia Grace Glenn, will screen at 4 p.m., at the 2017 Berkeley Video & Film Festival, East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer/director Antonia Grace Glenn, producer/editor Gregory Pacificar and lead scholar Evelyn Nakano Glenn. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the BVFF website: (click on the «Donate» button, and under «Special Instructions», specify «Ito Sisters» and number of tickets) or by calling (510) 843-3699. More info at