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17 November 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. 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

Thursday, Nov. 14
Please join us from 6 to 8 p.m. at the JCCCNC to share your vision for the future of Japantown! Join the discussion and learn about the Japantown Cultural District; A community-wide program to collectively envision & develop strategies to sustain Japantown into the future. For the first time in history, Japantown has been designated as a San Francisco Cultural District by the City of SF, and embraces an opportunity to define and determine its own future. Through a community-wide collaborative effort, the historic neighborhood embarks a path to develop innovative strategies for its survival and sustainability. RSVP on Eventbrite. Join the Facebook Page. Invite folks to join the conversation! See you on Nov. 14 at the JCCCNC, Issei Memorial Hall, 1840 Sutter Street, SF.

Sunday, Nov. 17
Join Us and Fly Giant Japanese Kites!! Tako Age will fly their kites, 1 to 4 p.m. at Berkeley Marina’s Cesar Chavez Park. “Don’t forget to bring your warm jacket and cap. It can be chilly there. Let’s enjoy BBQ & Japanese home cooking afterward. Bring your favorite meat or vegetables for BBQ if you could.” For more information please contact Gojo at (415) 420-5321 or e-mail to

Friday, Nov. 22
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) will celebrate the agency’s 44th anniversary with its ever-popular Sushi Social, 6 to 8 p.m. at its expanded 1830 Sutter St. facility in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown. Suggested donation is $125 per person. To make reservations, contact NLF at (415) 922-8898 or All proceeds from the evening will benefit NLF’s programs and its Building Fund. This event is made possible with the support of Wells Fargo.

Sunday, Nov. 24
When mandarin season hits the California Sierra Foothills the healthy treats can be found in everything from salads to savory, sauces to side dishes. The “Mountain Mandarin Festival’s Make It With Mandarins” cooking contest is one of the event’s favorite activities. The annual contest is held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn. For complete contest instructions, details, and entry form visit and click on the orange Contests box. Admission is $6-10.

Saturday, Dec. 7
“Sacramento Senator Lions Club is sponsoring its 7th Annual DandeLion Arts and Craft Show. The event features a variety of vendors including many with an Asian flair. Also Asian food will be available for purchase. Free admission and free parking. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sacramento Buddhist Church 2401 Riverside Blvd. 100% of profits will go back into serving the local community. For event information please email

Saturday, Dec. 14
Florin JACL-Sacramento Valley & Florin Buddhist Church will hold its 12th Annual “Mochi Madness” Pounding Workshop, Tasting and Potluck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 7235 Pritchard Road, Florin, California. Free for members and ages 5 and under; non-members $5. RSVP: or call 916-421-5253. For more info: or For Mochi Pre-Sale Order Form see or call (916) 383-1831.

Saturday, Dec. 14
Kimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts and Food Faire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco.

Saturday, Dec. 21
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California invites you to a very special event: Na Leo Hawaiian Holidays Concert, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Center, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown. Enjoy a performance by one of Hawaii’s most legendary music groups. Prior to the performance, VIP guests will enjoy pupus by Les Tomita, owner of Da Kitchen, Maui. Click here to reserve your tickets. $110 VIP package ($95 JCCCNC members) includes preferred concert seating and VIP reception. $65 general admission ($50 JCCCNC members) for concert only.

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
Buddhist Church of Stockton will present its Annual Crab Feed at the church grounds, located at 2820 Shimizu Drive in Stockton. The event begins at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The menu includes shrimp pasta, pasta, fresh Dungeness Crab, bread, and dessert. Tickets are $50 per person. Only 420 seats will be available. All reservations must be received by Friday, Jan. 3. A “special raffle” for a Apple Watch will be offered. Only 100 tickets ($20/each) will be sold for this item. Also featured will be a silent auction and other raffle prizes. For more information, please contact the Stockton Buddhist Temple office at (209) 466-6701. Online at