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20 February 2020

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Currently through Sunday, March 1
“The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake,” an exhibit that explores the experiences and events at Tule Lake, the only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII, will be at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St., No. 290, Oakland. Admission is free. The traveling exhibition probes the complexity of this unique Japanese American confinement site, which was located in Newell, California. Tule Lake became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII and was ruled under martial law. OACC hours are Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (510) 637-0455 or online at

Saturday, Feb. 15
“Valor with Honor” will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St. in San Jose Japantown Burt Takeuchi, the director, will be on hand to discuss this emotionally powerful and thought-provoking film. Free with admission to the museum: $8 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and students. Free for members, active military and families. JAMsj is a Blue Star museum. RSVP to: or (408) 294-3138.

Sunday, Feb. 16
The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will present from 5 to 7:30 p.m., San Jose’s 40th annual Day of Remembrance event commemorating Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II era incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. The event will be held at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 640 North 5th Street, San Jose. This year’s theme is “No Camps, No Cages.” As in World War II, incarceration without due process, separation of families, and children in camps are all happening now and this year’s Day of Remembrance is more timely than ever. There will be a candlelight procession through historic San Jose Japantown and a special performance of “Swingposium,” a production about big band music and dance as a source of hope for Japanese Americans incarcerated in WWII Concentration Camps, by San Jose Taiko with Wesley Jazz Ensemble. The program will start at 5 p.m., one-half hour earlier than in prior years, to accommodate the performance of “Swingposium.” Seating is limited. The event is open to the public and family friendly, with an activity room for children. This is a free event but donations are welcome. For more information, call (408) 505-1186, email, online at

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Day of Remembrance for Alameda’s Japantown from 6 to 9 p.m., at the gallery located at 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda. Maze Daiko will read poems from Heart Mountain and present the taiko piece “Heart of the Mountain” with special guest Kallan Nishimoto. Excerpts from the documentary film “Honoring Alameda’s Japanese Americans” will be introduced and shown by Reverend Michael Yoshii of Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda. For more information, online at or call (510) 865-5060.

Saturday, Feb. 22
San Jose Jazz Winterfest will present the Yuko Mabuchi Trio, 7:30 p.m., at Café Stritch, 374 S. 1st St. San Jose. The Japanese-born, LA-based pianist performs re-arranged classics by the legendary Miles Davis and original compositions. For more information,

Saturday, Feb. 22
Yu-Ai Kai’s Annual Fundraising Dinner, 5 to 8 p.m., at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex. Tickets are $55, $65 after Jan. 31. For tickets, call (408) 294-2505.

Sunday, Feb. 23
J-Sei’s 29th Annual Crab Feed and Drawing will be held at the El Cerrito Community Center, located at 7007 Moeser Lane. Gathering for the first seating is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or the second seating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. As usual, take-out meals will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. A raffle drawing for fabulous prizes will be held that night. Advance dinner ticket purchase is $45 and limited tickets are available at the door for $50. Children 12 and under are $15. Drawing tickets are $2 each or $10 for six tickets. Dinner and drawing tickets are on sale through the J-Sei office so be sure to order your tickets today! Mail checks payable to “J-Sei” to 1285 66th St., Emeryville or call (510) 654-4000 or email for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 29 through
Sunday, March 8
Hinamatsuri will be celebrated, at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St. in San Jose Japantown. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 8, the JAMsj Rotating Exhibit area will display a variety of Girls Day Doll displays. Museum hours are Thursdays through Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. JAMsj will host our Annual Hinamatsuri Kid’s Crafts Day on Sunday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children can make Kokeshi Dolls, Origami and many crafts. On Saturday, March 7, 1 to 3 p.m., Pam Yoshida will give a presentation on the traditions and history of Hinamatsuri Girl’s Day Dolls. Free with admission to the Museum. JAMsj members: Free. Adults: $8, Seniors 65+: $5, Students: $5. Active Military and Families: Free admission for kids 12 and under is free. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday, March 14
The Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple invites you to our 2020 Cherry Blossom Festival Food and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the temple located at 2690 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno. For additional information, please call (559) 442-4054, send an email request to or online at

Sunday, March 15
Do you like to eat and shop? Then you will not want to miss the 3rd Annual Sakura Matsuri Food & Shopping Faire at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento. The Shopping Faire will be held in the indoor gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Food Faire will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until sold out) in the outdoor courtyard. The shopping faire features a variety of vendors (handcrafted items, jewelry, clothing, and more), as well as a food court of Asian cuisine (teriyaki beef sandwiches, chicken bento boxes, spam musubi, tuna poke, vegetable bowl, somen salad, “Japanese Hot Dogs,” and more). Pre-order forms can be obtained at: under the Special Events section. For further information, contact the Buddhist Church at (916) 446-0121.