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18 August 2019

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Currently through Dec. 31
Hakone Estate and Gardens – one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere – invites the community to celebrate Japanese culture at a special new exhibit, “Japanese Crafts: Origami and Temari.” Created by Wisconsin artist couple Russell Kumai and Carol Cameron, the show opened July 8 and runs through the end of 2019. Visitors to Hakone can check out the exhibit at the garden’s Cultural Exchange Center. The show is free with the cost of admission to Hakone, which is $ 10 for adults (18 – 64) and $8 for seniors (65+) and students (5-17). Children under 5 are free. For more information on Hakone’s fascinating history and other upcoming programs visit

Saturday, Aug. 10
In recognition of the tragic Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945 and their effect on the survivors and future generations of Japanese and Japanese Americans, JAMsj will host a showing of the animated documentary/drama Hibakusha from 1 to 3 p.m. 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. The museum is located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose. For reservations or more information, email at, or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11
The 63rd annual Concord Japanese American summer festival is scheduled to begin Saturday, from 1 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 noon to 8:45 p.m. The event is located at 3165 Treat Boulevard in Concord. Admission is free to all, with free street parking. Parking is also available at Ygnacio Valley High school, located at 755 Oak Grove Road, with a free shuttle provided.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11
The Buddhist Church of Sacramento’s Japanese Culture & Food Bazaar located at 2401 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, is a summertime tradition in Northern California. This annual event is held 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Enjoy delicious Japanese dishes, prepared right before your eyes. There will be everything from award-winning udon or hot noodles, fresh poke bowls, succulent teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef sandwiches, sushi, and more. Free admission and free parking under the freeway, at 8th and W Streets with free, multiple convenient shuttle buses that go directly to the Bazaar grounds every few minutes. For more information, or call (916) 446-0121.

Saturday, Aug. 17
Enjoy a fun filled afternoon hearing from the artists, enjoying an interactive performance by PJ Hirabayashi & Yurika Chiba of San Jose Taiko and delight in tasting dishes from nectarines harvested at Masumoto farms, 1 to 3 p.m. at JAMsj in San Jose. Event free with paid Museum admission. RSVP:

Saturday, Aug. 17
Enjoy a fun filled afternoon hearing from the artists, enjoying an interactive performance by PJ Hirabayashi & Yurika Chiba of San Jose Taiko and delight in tasting dishes from nectarines harvested at Masumoto farms. 1 to 3 p.m. Event free with paid Museum admission. RSVP:

Saturday, Aug. 24
Please join JAMsj and SJ JACL for the second Wine Tasting and “Talk Story” Event with Mikami Vineyards, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The owner, Jason Mikami will be doing a presentation about Japanese American farming in the Lodi area, while we taste some delicious Mikami wines. Since this event is very popular and could sell out early, we ask that you RSVP in advance. The event will be held at the Issei Memorial Building – 565 N. 5th St, two doors North of the museum. The cost for JAMsj and SJ JACL members is $25, non-members pay $30 each. To order tickets online, please go to: You can also order tickets at the JAMsj Museum Store or by calling the museum at (408) 294-3138. You must be 21 years or older to attend and no children will be allowed.

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1
The Buddhist Churches of America Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations (BCA FBWA) will host the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Grand Marquis in San Francisco. Approximately 2,000 women and men of many generations are anticipated to gather from Japan, Canada, Brazil, Hawaii, and throughout the U.S. mainland to explore and experience the Convention theme: “Live the Nembutsu.”

Saturday, Sept. 7
“Hold These Truths,” a reading of Jeanne Sakata’s play on Gordon Hirabayashi acted by Ryan Yu, 2 to 7 p.m., at California Museum Auditorium, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.

Saturday, Sept. 14
“Tule Lake, America’s Worst Concentration Camp,” a talk by historian Roger Daniels and Barbara Takei, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Annual Midori Kai Boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which takes place at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. For more information,

Saturday, Sept. 14
Come learn why Tule Lake is considered the worst United States concentration camp during World War II and why former Tuleans are still stigmatized as “traitors” to this day. The program will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Guest speakers will be Roger Daniels, the Charles Phelps Taft professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati; and Barbara Takei, an independent writer/researcher and Tule Lake Committee board member. For more info and to RSVP please contact Barbara Takei at or (916) 427-1733 or the UCLAAsian American Studies Center at (310) 825-2974 or

Saturday, Sept. 14
Kimochi Inc.’s eighth annual Show n’ Shine Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd. in San Mateo. All cars and years welcomed. No trailered vehicles or motorcycles. New location: Beethoven Lot 2, former Farmer’s Market location, along West Perimeter Road. For more information, call Debbie Yee at (415) 931-2294 or email

Sunday, Sept. 15
The San Mateo Bonsai Club will hold its 56th Annual Bonsai Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 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, Sept. 15
Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the United States, will host from 5 to 9:30 p.m., its 2019 Hakone Gala on Sunday, Sept. 15. The gala, with Master of Ceremonies Robert Handa of NBC Bay Area, will begin with a welcome reception and feature an exciting evening of musical entertainment, performed by June Kuramoto and Kimo Cornwell of the Grammy nominated band, Hiroshima. For more information on Hakone’s fascinating history and other upcoming programs visit

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28-29
The Placer Buddhist Church will hold its 55th annual Fall Food Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. The church is located at 3192 Boyington Road in Penryn, just off I-80. Along with the church’s famous teriyaki chicken, beef donburi, chow mein, and sushi, guests will be treated to cultural performances and demonstrations. Also featured will be displays on flower arranging, calligraphy, Haiku, Bonsai, Bunka, and Bingo will also be available. For more information, call (916) 652-6139 or online at

Sunday, Sept. 29
“Alternative Facts: the Lies of Executive Order 9066,” Sacramento Premiere of Jon Osaki’s documentary film, 2 p.m., at California Secretary of State Auditorium, 1020 O Street, Sacramento.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12
The Poston Pilgrimage will be held at the Blue Water Casino in Parker, Arizona, and at various Poston sites on the Colorado River Tribes Reservation. Register before Thursday, Aug. 15. Prices go up after the 15th. ​Registration forms can be downloaded at For more information, email