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24 June 2017

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Currently through May 28
“Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” is an all-new exhibit surveying the experience of local Japanese Americans in the 20th century. Featuring rare family photographs drawn from the personal collections of community members never before on public display, the exhibit documents the memories at the heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during the war and again by redevelopment in the 1950s. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: $9 for adults, $7.50 for college students and seniors $7.50 with valid, $7 for youth 6-17, free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit Saturday-Sunday,

Currently through June 30
“Time of Remembrance” Traveling Trunk, aligned with State Content Standards on social science-history for 8th and 11th grades and Common Core language arts for 8th and 12th grades, the “Time of Remembrance” Traveling Trunk brings the museum’s Japanese American learning program to school campuses and a pivotal chapter of history to life for middle and high school students. Through interactive materials including artifact reproductions, lesson plans and hands-on activities, students explore life in an incarceration camp, along with citizenship, constitutionality and redress. For more information or to book, visit Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: $9 for adults, $7.50 for college students and seniors $7.50 with valid, $7 for youth 6-17, free for kids 5 and under. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 13
As part of its celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the San Mateo Public Library will present a screening of “Right of Passage,” a documentary by Janice D. Tanaka, at 1 p.m. at the Oak Room, Main Library, 55 W. Third Ave. in San Mateo. For more information, call (650) 522-7818 or visit

Wednesday, May 17
Yu-Ai Kai will continue their Kenko (Healthy) Living Series with a presentation on “Take a Deep Breath: Keeping Your Lungs Healthy,” by Dr. Ajay Dharia, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Yu-Ai Kai, 3rd Floor, 588 North 4th Street, San Jose Japantown. Free to All – Light refreshments will be served. For reservations, call Yu-Ai Kai in advance as space is limited at (408) 294-2505. 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.

Friday, May 19
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is proudly hosting a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at its brand new preschool addition, located adjacent to its historic Issei Women’s Building at 1830 Sutter Street in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event will feature a performance by the NLF preschoolers and participation by the Japanese American Religious Federation. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony. Feel free to contact us at (415) 922-8898 or if you need more information on NLF and/or the event.

Saturday, May 20
San Jose Chidori Band Concert at 7 p.m., at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex, 640 N. 5th St. $15 donation. Special guest: San Jose Taiko. Tickets available at Nikkei Traditions and Kogura Company. For more information, call (408) 289-1110.

Saturday, May 20
FFNV will host its annual Memorial Service at 12 noon, at Roberts Park in the Oakland Hills. As always on this Armed Forces Day, we will gather at the site of a redwood tree planted in 1992 by veterans of E Company, 442nd Regi- mental Combat Team. 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 (408) 896-1021.

Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21
Renowned jazz drummer Akira Tana – whose father was a minister at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple before World War II — is returning to headline the entertainment at the temple’s 67th annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival on Sunday, May 21. 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 20, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21. The temple is located at 2121 Channing Way.

Sunday, May 21
The San Mateo Bonsai Club will hold its Annual Satsuki Azalea and Bonsai Exhibit on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 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 21
Hakone Estate and Gardens – one of the oldest Japanese  gardens in the Western Hemisphere – invites the community to celebrate spring and Japanese culture at the 18th Annual Matsuri (Festival) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is just $5 in advance (kids 4 and under are free) and $5 that day (at West Valley College Parking Lot #5).  Although Hakone members are free, they must still register for a comp ticket. Free event shuttle buses will depart West Valley College from Parking Lot #5 – where this is free parking – every 15 minutes. The first shuttle departs West Valley College at 10 a.m. The last shuttle departs Hakone at 5 p.m. There will be no parking available for non-permitted cars. For event tickets, more information on Hakone’s fascinating history and other upcoming programs visit

Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11
The Eden Bazaar fundraiser will be held Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Eden Community Center at 710 Elgin Street in San Lorenzo (94580). Food such as chicken and rib dinners, corn, udon, curry rice, chicken salad, spam musubi and shave ice. Games for children and bingo for adults. Questions call Ron Sakaue at (510) 276-0752 or Ed Oda at (510) 538-6380.

Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25
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 24-25
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, July 1-2
The 63rd 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 8-9
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 8-9
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, July 8
Sacramento Buddhist Church’s Annual Obon Odori will be held at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Church office at (916) 446-0121.