Calendar of Events
Saturday, Dec. 28
The 51st annual Center for Japanese American Studies/Japanese American National Library Mochitsuki will be held at Christ United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Sutter St. (at Laguna) in Japantown. The event will start at 11 a.m. and continue until the final mochi is formed around 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with preparations from 9 a.m. Mochigome (special rice used for mochi) is donated by George Okamoto of Nomura and Co. Tell your friends and bring your entire extended family to our annual year-end festivity and perpetuate a fun part of our Nikkei cultural heritage. Any question? Call Karl Matsushita (415) 567-5006.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
The 34th annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony will be held at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Members will be admitted at 9:30 a.m. The event opens to the public at 11:30 a.m. Buddhist art gallery tour starts at 1 p.m. Led by Rev. Gengo Akiba, this inspiring ceremony will include a purification ritual and chanting of the Buddhist Heart Sutra. For more information, call (415) 581-3500 or visit www.asianart.org.
Saturday, Jan. 4
The 49th annual Oshogatsu Matsuri, a community celebration to welcome the Year of the Rat, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown. The free event will feature cultural arts and crafts, mochitsuki, entertainment, food, screen printing, and a children’s art contest. Online at www.jcccnc.org
Saturday, Jan. 11
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 buddhistchurchofstockton.org
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Yu-Ai Kai/Japanese American Community Senior Service will be presenting Kenko (Healthy) Living Series Workshop on “But What if I Need It? Clutter and Health” from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Yu-Ai Kai, Third Floor, 588 N. 4th Street, San Jose. Guest speaker is Mallory von Kugelgen, RN, PHN, Health & Wellness Program Coordinator, Santa Clara Senior Center. The event is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please call Yu-Ai Kai to RSVP at (408) 294-2505 as space is limited. At noon, eat a delicious lunch at the Yu-Ai Cafe (2nd floor) for a $3 suggested contribution (age 60+). Reservations should be made in advance by calling (408) 297-4979. Online at www.yuaikai.org
Saturday, Jan. 25
JAMsj will present a Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution “Stop Repeating History” 2020 as the museum host a Mock Trial of “Fred Korematsu, on behalf of himself and 120,000 Japanese Americans v. United States,” 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Santa Clara University, Charney Hall of Law, Panelli Moot Court Room, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Attendees will receive a guest pass to visit JAMsj on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26. The museum located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose. On Sunday, Jan. 26 there will be showings of the full version of “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story.” The event is free to the public, but RSVP is highly recommended, PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (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 firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.sjnoc.org
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, www.sanjosejazz.org
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.