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19 April 2019

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Currently through May 27
The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation announces the opening of the exhibition “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” at The Presidio in San Francisco. Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. For more information, online at

Saturday, March 2
“Wesley Goes Calypso” is Wesley U.M.C.’s Caribbean fundraising event from 7 to 9 p.m., at the church located at 566 N. 5th Street in San Jose. The event will be a fun night featuring the Wesley Jazz Ensemble playing upbeat island music, Yu-Ai Kai line dancers, limbo games, and costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults, includes snacks and refreshments, and go on sale Sunday, Feb. 10. For more information, call the church at (408) 295-0367.

Saturday, March 2
Today’s Japanese American churches are different from what they were 20 years ago.  Most churches had all Japanese members, but today’s churches have mixture of Japanese and other ethnic members. How will these Japanese churches be like 20 years from now? These questions and more will be discussed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Union Bank Community Room, 1675 Post Street, in San Francisco’s Japantown. The panelists include Bishop Roy Sano (ret.), Professors Fumitaka Masuoka, Archie Smith, Edmond Yee, and others from Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley. Professor Ron Nakasone will moderate. The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Karl Matsushita of the Library at

Sunday, March 3
Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the U.S., will celebrate the Chinese “Year of the Pig” at its 11th Annual Lunar New Year Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hakone, an oasis of Zen high above Silicon Valley, will feature special Chinese culinary delights at the celebration, as well entertainment such as the festival’s first-ever appearance by master Magician Dan Chen, known for his “sophisticated magic for intelligent audiences.” Chen will perform part of his new act integrating smartphones and ipads into unique performances offering photo worthy moments. Back by popular demand, Hakone will hold a children’s lunar festival costume parade in the garden at 1:30, where children 12 and under wear festive Asian outfits and receive a souvenir gift (parents must register their children by noon).The event is free with the admission, which is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and kids under 5 are free. Members and a guest can enjoy free admission. A free shuttle bus will be available at the following location in downtown Saratoga: 14460 Big Basin Way (in front of Saratoga Chamber of Commerce). Parking in the Village, and the shuttle, is FREE. Limited parking is available at Hakone for $20 per car. For more information on Hakone’s fascinating history or other upcoming events visit

Saturday, March 16
Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Service will celebrate its 45th anniversary at the Santa Clara Marriott. The event will be dedicated to the late Jimi Yamaichi, a longtime supporter, advocate and advisor of Yu-Ai Kai. Exciting entertainment will come from Hawaii as Herb Ohta, Jr. has been secured to perform. Yu-Ai Kai members have enjoyed his performances in the past. The Gala committee hopes the community will participate in as many ways as possible, with sponsorships, auction donations, as table hosts and with individual attendance. Co-chairs, Ben Katai and Jane Kawasaki, ask everyone to put the date on their calendar. Tables of 10 will have a discount so they urge all to start working on inviting friends to fill tables. For more information, call Yu-Ai Kai at (408) 294-2505.

Sunday, March 17
United Japanese Christian Church Film & Cultural Series will present a “Nikkei Genealogy Workshop” with Linda Harms Okazaki, from 1 to 4 p.m., at United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Avenue, Clovis. The workshop will feature finding your Japanese roots in the U.S. and in Japan; and learn how to research and document your unique family history. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 14. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (559) 322-0701 or email

Thursday, March 21
Filmmaker Claudia Katayanagi will show her award-winning feature documentary “A Bitter Legacy” at 8 p.m. at Janet Leigh Theatre, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton. There is no admission fee.

Sunday, March 31
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose and The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin presents a lecture and book signing by the author of “American Sutra,” renowned USC professor, Duncan Ryuken Williams, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the San Jose Buddhist Church Hondo. Books will be available at the event for $29.95 plus tax. Event is free and open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. Please call the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin to sign up for the lecture. The church’s phone number is (408) 293-9292 or text to (408) 482-5849, with your name, number in party and state if you wish to reserve a copy of the book. For further information, please contact Janice Doi at

Sunday, March 31
The Agape Ministry of United Japanese Christian Church, in partnership with the Fresno Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens’ League, will be hosting at 1 p.m., Marsha and Aiden Aizumi, at the church located at 136 N. Villa in Clovis. Marsha is an author, speaker, educator, and advocate for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Her passion stems from the journey she has taken with her son, Aiden, who lived the first 20 years of his life as a female. In 2008, Aiden expressed his desire to transition to male. This series will take place at the United Japanese Christian Church Thursdays March 7, and March 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please RSVP to be part of this series by emailing Admission is free, donations accepted. For more information, contact the church office at (559) 322-0701.

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, 20-21
52nd annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, all day, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, San Francisco. Attended by more than 200,000 each year, the festival will feature food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 21, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown. More info: or call (415) 563-2313.

Sunday, April 14
59th Annual Morgan Hill Haru Matsuri and Taiko Expo at Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, Morgan Hill. Free admission and parking. Visit

Friday, April 26
“Flavors of Spring” is a benefit to support critical funding to the J-Sei Senior Center services and cultural programs. This event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue in Berkeley. Event tickets are $70 to $80 per person and can be ordered online at or by calling J-Sei at (510) 654-4000, online at

Saturday, April 27
Stockton JACL and San Joaquin Genealogy Society will host a seminar on researching your Japanese ancestry. More details to follow.

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28
Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. is sponsoring the 36th 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

Sunday, May 5
The 42nd annual Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.