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15 December 2018

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Currently through Dec. 14
The exhibition, “Hand and Eye: Contemporary Reflections of East Asian Ceramic Traditions,” in the East Asia Library, features historic and contemporary works by Japanese, American and Stanford artists. The East Asia Library is located in the Lathrop Library building, 518 Memorial Way, just east of the Oval, Stanford, California. For more information, call (650) 725-3435 or online at

Friday, Nov. 16
Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) will celebrate its 43rd anniversary with its ever-popular Sushi Social from 6 to 8 p.m. at its expanded 1830 Sutter St. facility in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown. The evening will feature a wine-tasting by local winemaker Jason Mikami of Mikami Vineyards and special recognition of Augie Phillips, NLF board member and parent of NLF alumni. 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 Union Bank and Wells Fargo.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Nicole Miyuki Santo, a freelance artist, graphic designer, and teacher, will celebrate her new lettering book for children from 1 to 4 p.m., at Santo Market, 245 East Taylor St. in San Jose. For more information and to RSVP, visit her website at

Sunday, Nov. 18
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. “This will be our last practice for 2018. 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

Saturday, Dec. 1
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (The Center) will present an Etched Glass Craft Workshop with creative tech instructor Charles Brandt, 1 to 3 p.m., at The Center, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco. The fee for the workshop is $45 Members, $55 General Public. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, visit The Center’s website at or call (415) 567-5505.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Florin JACL will hold its Sacramento Valley 83rd Anniversary Luncheon “Overcoming All Odds: The Fight for Redress,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Valley Hi Country Club, 9595 Franklin Blvd. (near Laguna Blvd), Elk Grove.
This year’s Honoring Outstanding Community Leaders are: Mayor Anne Rudin (Community Leadership Award), Marielle Tsukamoto (Florin JACL-SV Leadership Award), and Michelle Huey (Youth Leadership Award). Tickets are $40 per person, $350 table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For further information, please contact Fumie Shimada, luncheon Chairperson, at (916) 427-0169 or Judy Fukuman at (916) 421-5253. Online at

Saturday, Dec. 8
Yu-Ai Kai’s annual mochitsuki event is scheduled at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex, 640 N. 5th St., San Jose. Pick up on Saturday between 12 noon and 3 p.m. Mochi will be sold for $6 per pound (2 lb. minimum order) and must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 30. Please order mochi early, as orders will be accepted on a first come basis. Order form can be downloaded at For more information, call Yu-Ai Kai at (408) 294-2505. All proceeds benefit Yu-Ai Kai.

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.

March 16, 2019
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.