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21 August 2018

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Saturday, Aug. 18
The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program will hold its 6th annual Japan Fest fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Community Center at 1000 Kentucky Street. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at Entry tickets are $5, and Entry with lunch is $20.  Tickets are also available at the door for purchase by cash or credit card. Children 4 years of age and younger get free entry to the event. For more information about the 6th annual Japan Fest, please contact Event Chair Kelley Cortright by email at or by phone at (707) 426-5603.

Monday, Aug. 27
Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service will be presenting their 35th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament at The Villages Golf & Country Club to raise critical funds for the center’s seniors. Deadline for entry: Monday, Aug. 6. Entry fee: $190 per individual; includes a box lunch, green fee, cart, range balls, and one dinner per person. (Dinner only guest: $50). For more information, call (408) 294-2505 or online at

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16
Feel the power and excitement of the 7th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition matches on the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza. Meet and Greet will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the East Mall, outside the Union Bank Room. Sumo exhibitions will take place on Sunday at 12 noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on the Peace Plaza. The free event will feature three world class Sumo wrestlers. For more information, go online at or

Saturday, Sept. 29
Are our temple and church-based youth programs welcoming to LGBTQ youth? How can we be mindful of LGBTQ youth concerns in all our activities? How do we help create compassionate, nurturing, inclusive communities for all? From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Center for Buddhist Education (CBE), will present a workshop: “Creating Inclusive Youth Programs; Supporting LGBTQ Youth & Families; Nurturing Compassionate Communities,” at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave. in Berkeley. The keynote speaker is Aiden Aizumi who is a National PFLAG, API Educator and co-author, with his mother, Marsha Aizumi, of “Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and their Journey to Love and Acceptance.”
The workshop will also include an LGBTQ youth panel, interfaith clergy panel, and provide training resources. Registration is $20 (includes lunch) Deadline is Friday, Sept. 21. For more information, call (510) 809-1460 or email Details are online: registration, sponsor/supporting organization opportunities at

Saturday, Sept. 29
San Francisco Japantown is pleased to host “Osaka Matsuri,” an event to celebrate their oldest sister city relationship with Osaka, Japan. This year, San Francisco is celebrating its 61st year of its relationship with Japanese sister city Osaka by hosting “Osaka Matsuri,” 12 noon to 5 p.m., on the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza. Enjoy Japanese music and dance performances at the Peace Plaza stage and take a “Taste of Osaka” culinary journey at participating restaurants throughout Japantown. For more information, online at

Saturday, Sept. 29
JAMsj will present “Japanese Fishermen of Monterey,” 1 p.m., at the museum located at 535 N. 5th St. in San Jose Japantown. 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. For reservations or more information, email at, or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday, Sept. 29
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is proud to present “Sake Day 2018,” from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street in San Francisco. “This is the original and largest “nihonshu no hi” or Sake Day celebration outside of Japan!” Tickets are $70 if purchased early, or $80 at the door.  Participants must be 21 and over with valid ID. For more information, go online at or call (415) 355-9555.

Sunday, Oct. 21
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose will host a “Health, Sports, and Culture Day,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the museum located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose. “Please join us for an afternoon of cultural demonstrations that brings Health, Sports and Culture together. There will be various performance by our own local young talent followed by relay races (Undokai) for the kids. So pack your Obento lunch and enjoy the afternoon. The JAMsj Museum will also be open with docents on hand for tours.” Event cost is free with admission to the museum. Adults $8, Seniors over 65 and students (with valid ID) $5; JAMsj members and children (12 and under) are free. For reservations or more information, You can also email at, or call (408) 294-3138.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Come and join us for an “Oldies” dance, “Unforgettable,” at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple Sangha Hall from 8 to 11:30 p.m. It will feature original music from the 60’s through the present. Cost is $30 until Oct. 6; $40 at the door. Please visit our website at for more information and registration. It will be an “Unforgettable” evening of dancing, socializing, light snacks, silent auction, and fun! Ages 21 and over only.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Kimochi’s ISSHO-NI fundraising event will feature tastings of Japanese whiskey, sake, beer, and wine—in addition to food, musical entertainment, and a silent auction. 6 to 9 p.m. at Covo, 981 Mission St. in San Francisco. “Issho-ni” means “together,” and it celebrates the coming together of a community in benefit of seniors and their caregivers. All proceeds will go towards supporting Kimochi’s programs and services at both our San Francisco and San Mateo locations. Early bird ticket price is $50, at the door $75. For more information, call (415) 931-2294,

Saturday, Dec. 15
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.