Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12,18-19 (CANCELLED)
53rd annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, all day, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, San Francisco. Attended by more than 200,000 each year, the festival will feature food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 19, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown. More info: www.sfcherryblossom.org or call (415) 563-2313.
Saturday, April 18 (CANCELLED)
“Manabu Project: Preserving the Lessons From Our Japanese American Elders,” a JAMsj event that will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., at the museum located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose. This event will be a celebration of the release of those interviews on jamsj.org’s new oral history site. Manabu project manager and Tessaku creator, Diana Tsuchida will lead guests through some of the highlights and findings from these oral histories, followed by a brief panel discussion with two interviewees and grant participants, Richard Yamashiro and Yoshiko Kanazawa. Please RSVP to: PublicPrograms@jamsj.org Admission: free with admission to the museum. JAMsj members: free; Adults: $8, Seniors 65+: $5, Students: $5; Active Military and families: free.
Sunday, April 19
2020 Haru Matsuri Festival & Taiko Expo at Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, Morgan Hill. Free admission and parking. www.mhbcc.org
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26 (CANCELLED)
Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. is sponsoring the 42nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Cupertino’s Memorial Park, Quinlan Center and Senior Center. This fun family festival honors Cupertino’s sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan by sharing Japanese arts and culture with the entire community. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free, entertainment is free, and parking is free at De Anza College (Lots A&B). For more information about this event visit www.cupertinotoyokawa.org
Saturday, May 16
FFNV will host its annual Memorial Service at 12 noon, at Roberts Park in the Oakland Hills. As always on this Armed Forces Day, we will gather at the site of a redwood tree planted in 1992 by veterans of E Company, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The service is open to veterans of all wars with a focus on World War II veterans. Potluck picnic will follow. For more information, please contact Brian Shiroyama at email@example.com or (408) 896-1021.
Saturday, June 6
San Jose Chidori Band Concert at 7 p.m., at the San Jose Buddhist Church Annex, 640 N. 5th St. Tickets available at Nikkei Traditions and Kogura Company. For more information, call (408) 289-1110.
Sunday, June 14
San Jose Taiko’s highly-acclaimed “Swingposium” employs the power of performance to teach about Internment and foster dialogue around civil rights, honoring the resilience of those who lived through Internment. San Jose Taiko along with the Wesley Jazz Ensemble will be bringing “Swingposium” to the Stockton Ballroom. There will be two shows: a shorter program in the afternoon and the full program in the evening. This year, the program will be on the road to Humboldt, Torrance and Stockton, so don’t miss this opportunity. This program will serve as Stockton’s 2020 Day of Remembrance. For more questions, call Aeko Yoshikawa at (209) 470-5578.
Monday, June 15
San Jose Buddhist Church Golf Tournament will be held at San Jose Country Club, 11 a.m. shotgun start. All proceeds benefit the Generations Phase II Capital Campaign to renovate the Education building for Lotus Preschool, Dharma School, Japanese Language School, Scouting programs and many other Betsuin organizations. For more information please call the Betsuin Office (408) 293-9292 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry, donor or sponsor forms go to: sjbcgolftournament.com. Note that entry forms must be turned in by Friday, June 5.