37th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair Coming to Japantown August 14-15, 2010

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is back for 2010. See?

That’s 1600 Webster there on the left, it’s that condo building that’s still under double secret probation due to some problems the past couple years. We’ll have to wait and see if they get a security guard to nap in front of the Webster entrance for a couple shifts the way it happened last year. (It’s like Del Boca Vista Phase III got plopped down on the corner.)


(And actually, the Starbucks they wanted to put in the empty retail space downstairs would have been a mega bonus for J-Town, but the local NIMBYs shot that idea down. You know, big ugly nonreinforced concrete was ala mode back in the 1950’s and 1960’s and that’s when those ridiculous mall buildings started getting built. That’s why Japantown looks like am uninviting windblown ghost town from Post Street even when there are lots of people bustling about in the malls. Replacing the low-rise buildings on the right of the photo, including the hidden underground parking garage, will be an expensive, long, drawn-out process. Anywho…) 

The deets:

Peace Plaza Ho`olaule`a
The Peace Plaza open its arms out to welcome the Island Spirit through music and dance. Halaus from the Bay as well as special guests from Hawaii and Southern California will gather this weekend at the Peace Plaza stage.

11:30am Local Blend
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Ben Kaili with Ke `Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa
4:45pm Native Elements
11:30am Steven Espaniola
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Tago Lei Pasifika
4:45pm My Peoples (formerlly Kapakahi)  

All the deets after the jump

  Peace Plaza Ho`olaule `a Stage
This year the Nihonmachi Street Fair presents the Peace Plaza Ho `olaule `a Stage featuring halaus from the Bay Area and special guests from Southern California. Also appearing on stage will be local favorites Steven Espaniola, Native Elements and My People (formerlly Kapikahi). For a complete list, please visit our Entertainment page.
  Webster Street Stage
We’re bringing the sounds of the City back to the streets with an exciting line-up for the Webster Street Stage. Come early, take a seat and listen to a diverse line-up that includes: Pulse, Scojourners, San Francisco Taiko Dojo and much much more. For a complete list, please visit our Entertainment page.
  A Visual Retrospect of the past 37 years
A special exhibit will be housed at the Union Bank Hospitality Room showcasing photographs taken at the Niihonmachi Street Fair for the past 37 years. Also on exhibit will be Nihonmachi Street Fair’s complete poster archive. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the visual works of artist, Leland Wong.
  Bring Your Gently Used Shoes!
HUD Helping Haiti Shoe Drive will be at the Nihonmachi Street Fair collecting your gently used shoes for the many men, women and children who are still facing much hardship from the devastating Haiti earthquake. Please help us outreach to them by bringing in new or new condition shoes. read more

Help Support the Community By Being a Sponsor
Being a corporate / business sponsor at the Nihonmachi Street Fair is a wonderful way to show your support to the Asian / Pacific communities here in San Francisco.

The Nihonmachi Street Fair offers a unique opportunity to reach the Asian / Pacific market face to face. Having a presence at this year’s event will position your company as a committed supporter to the Asian/Pacific community and provide visibility and exposure to a targeted audience.

Depending on the sponsorship selected, your business will have an opportunity to be included in our press releases, website, marketing materials, public service announcements and visible banners at the event.

2010 Sponsorhips available:
• Presenting Sponsor
• Webster Street Stage Sponsor
• Peace Plaza Stage Sponsor
• Children’s World Sponsor

Click herefor more information and application to be a proud sponsor of the 36th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair.

Community Links
Do you have a community link to add to our page?
Email mail(at)nihonmachistreetfair.org with the URL and a brief description of the organization or website.

Children, Youth & Families
Asian American Recovery Services
Asian American Donor Program
API Legal Outreach
Community Youth Center
Donaldina Cameron House
HUD Helping Haiti Foundation
Japanese Community Youth Council
Nihonmachi Little Friends
Vietnamese Youth Developement Center
Wu Yee Children’s Services

Asian / Pacific American Cultural & Community Organizations
Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Senior Centers, Senior Care
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Kimochi, Inc.
Kokoro Assisted Living
On Lok

Online News Sournce
Nichi Bei Weekly
Hapi Hour

Japan Center Garage
Japantown Task Force
Northern California Asian Peace Officers Association
PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)

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