Posts Tagged ‘nikkei’

“New Generation Nikkei Fund” Aspires to Save All the Japantowns in America – SF Launch Event at Ozumo, July 22, 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

All the deets here.

NGNF San Jose Launch Event

Envisioned by the next generation of stakeholders of the Japanese American community, the New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF) strives to:

  • Foster a culture of giving and volunteerism amongst Japanese American and Asian American young professionals
  • Enhance collaboration and communication amongst Japantowns and existing Nikkei communities at large
  • Support Japantown or Nikkei community based organizations with a grant(s) and a new generation of donors

“Introducing the New Generation Nikkei Fund: Creating a new generation of philanthropists to support our Japantowns!

Join us for happy hour at Ozumo restaurant in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5-7pm to celebrate the launch of the New Generation Nikkei Fund in San Francisco!

Looking for a quick, easy way to do some good and make an impact in your community? NGNF is all about connecting community non-profit organizations serving our Japantown communities with the next generation of community supporters. Come find out how with a minimum donation of $25, you can make the deciding votes to fund programs and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco’s Japantown.

We’ll be hosting a happy hour where you can meet our committee and learn how to join our statewide movement to support the future of our San Francisco and San Jose Japantown and Los Angeles Little Tokyo communities, all while enjoying appetizers and drinks and mingling with other NGNF donors. The happy hour has also been made possible with the support of Nakayoshi Young Professionals.”

This is the Final Weekend for Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco Japantown is on, once again, for 2011.

Here was the setup for Day 3 this AM complete with Honda generators and mad sake. You know, this pretty much looks just like every annual village festival in Japan:

But sadly, once again, my Hello Kitty SmartCar wan’t allowed to roll with all the Japanese iron. Oh well:

Here’s your overview, your sked, and your FAQ.

And the Big Parade comes tomorrow, Sunday, April 17th, 2011

And St. Mary’s Medical Center will conduct free medical screenings at the east end on Post near Laguna, same as usual:

It’s on!

All the deets, after the jump

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USF Undergraduate Jeddie Kawahatsu Crowned Queen of Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Famous San Francisco photographer David Yu was on hand over the weekend to photograph the 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program.

Get all the deets, after the jump.

Princess Richelle Farley, Princess Kaori Saito, Princess Lauren Kawawaki, First Princess Tamiko Escalante, and Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu along with the gang from the 2010 Queen Program:

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All the deets, after the jump

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OMG, the Weather’s Great for the 44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2011 in Japantown – April 9, 10, 16, 17

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Your 44th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco Japantown is on for 2011.

Here’s your overview, your sked, and your FAQ.

And tonight starting at 6:00 PM at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre, there’ll be the NCCBF Queen Program

…featuring Kaori Saito, Tamiko Escalante, Richelle Farley, Jeddie Kawahatsu, Lauren Kawawaki for 2011:

And on all four days, St. Mary’s Medical Center will conduct free medical screenings at the east end on post near Laguna, same as usual:

It’s on!

All the deets, after the jump

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The Topaz Bus Rolls Out for Last Time – Japanese Americans Visit War Relocation Camp in Utah

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Heading out from the Bay Area to the Topaz War Relocation Center in the godforsaken high plains of Utah might not sound like much of a trip but that’s a journey that some of the Bay Area’s Nikkei had to make back in 1942.

The Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz) is all gone, but its site is still available for visits, and there’s a museum not too far away. So that’s the destination - some people left today from the East Bay to take a ride back into history.

As seen in Japantown:

Anyway, looks like this will be the last trip.

Bon courage, Topaz Bus.

Some of those at Topaz in the 40′s:

  • Karl Ichiro Akiya (1909–2001), a writer and political activist.
  • Richard Aoki (1938–2009), an American civil rights activist.
  • Yuji Ichioka (1936–2002), an American historian who coined the term “Asian American“.
  • George Ishiyama (1914–2003), a Japanese American businessman and former president of Alaska Pulp Corporation. Also interned at Heart Mountain.
  • Tsuyako Kitashima (1918–2006), a Japanese-American activist noted for her role in seeking reparations for Japanese American internment.
  • Fred Korematsu (1919–2005), who challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 in Korematsu v. United States.
  • Toshio Mori (1910–1980), author.
  • Robert Murase (1938–2005), a world renowned landscape architect.
  • Chiura Obata (1885–1975), a Japanese-American artist.
  • Miné Okubo (1912–2001), a Japanese American artist and writer, noted for her book, Citizen 13660.
  • Mary Yamashiro Otani (1923–2005), a community activist.
  • Goro Suzuki (1917–1979), the Oakland-born entertainer remembered by millions under his stage name, Jack Soo, star of the original stage and movie productions of Flower Drum Songand remembered for his role as Detective Nick Yemana on the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller. Suzuki was a favorite performer at Topaz gatherings.
  • Dave Tatsuno (1913–2006), a Japanese American businessman who documented life in an American concentration camp on film.
  • Yoshiko Uchida (1921–1992), a Japanese American writer, most notable for her books, Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family and Picture Bride.
  • 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program at the Sundance Kabuki

    Sunday, April 11th, 2010

    You’ve already met the Court of the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program a while back, so now take a look at David Yu’s photos from last night’s big event at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre on Post in Japantown.

    All photos via DavidYuWeb.

    Here’s the new Queen for 2010 – Arisa Hiroi, a student at UC Davis:

    And here’s the entire 2010 Court at the end of last night’s program: Ayae Yamamoto, Corey Yasuye Fujioka, Arisa Hiroi, Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani, Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka:

    Name: Ayae Yamamoto
    Sponsor: Nikei Lion Club of San Francisco
    Education: BA from UC Berkeley
    Employer/Position: University Eye Center (Berkeley)/Patient Services Assistant
    Goals: Become a physician (OB/GYN) volunteering in third world nations
    Age: 23
    Parents/Residence: Taashi and Masako Yamamoto / San Francisco, CA

    Name: Corey Yasuye Fujioka
    Sponsor: Takara Sake USA Incorporated
    Education: BS in Food Science from Cal Poly State University
    Employer/Position Held: Sweet Earth Chocolates (SLO)/Chocolate Production
    Goals: To change the way we eat: physically, mentally, environmentally and financially healthy
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Rober Masami and Diance Keiko Fujioka / Fremont, CA

    Name: Arisa Hiroi
    Sponsor: Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
    Education: BA expected in 2010 from University of California Davis in Japanese and Sociology AB/Minor in Education
    Employer/Position held: UCD East Asian Languages & Cultures Dept/Japanese Dept Reader
    Goals: To become a Japanese teacher in US
    Age: 19
    Parents/Residence: Kunikiko and Mari Hiroi / San Francisco, CA

    Name: Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani
    Sponsor: Nikkei West
    Education: BA June 2010 from University of California Davis double Major in International Relations and Communications with a Minor in Writing
    Employer/Position Held: UC Davis Washington Program/Student Advisor and Minato Japanese Restaurant/Server and Hostess
    Goals: Pursue a career in the field of International Relations with companies doing business in Japan
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Neal Kanji Nakatani, Patricia Kiyoko Sakauye / San Jose, CA

    Name: Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka
    Sponsor: Golden Gate Optimists Club of San Francisco
    Education: BS in Health Science/Minor in Psychology form Dominican University of California, MS i Occupational Therapy expected from Dominican University of California
    Employer/Position Held: Knowledge Learning Corporation-Champions/After school Science Instructor
    Goals: Knowledgeable and innovative therapist-advocate and empower on personal and community level
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Harry Hidejiro Tanaka (HI), Susan Hisako Tanaka (SF) / San Francisco, CA

    And here’s the 2009 Court coming back to join in:

    Congratulations to all.  

    “The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 43rd year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 150,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor of this popular Japanese American community event.

    This year’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11 and April 17-18, 2010. All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown!

    The festival will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on April 18, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown.

    The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms; and held at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States.

    When?

    Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 2010

    Grand Parade: Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Queen Pageant: Saturday, April 10, 2010

    Where?

    Festival: Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco

    Grand Parade: Begins at San Francisco City Hall and ends at Post & Fillmore

    Queen Pageant: AMC Kabuki 8 Theater, Japantown

    Meet the Court of the 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program

    Monday, March 15th, 2010

    That David Yu, he’s all over town – here’s what he captured in Japantown a few days back at the 43rd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program Preview Day.

    via davidyuweb

    The Queen Program (don’t call it a pageant) will occur on Saturday, April 10th in conjunction with the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. More deets to come when they get everything posted. Anyway, here are the candidates for 2010:

    Name: Jennifer Kiyomi Tanaka
    Sponsor: Golden Gate Optimists Club of San Francisco
    Education: BS in Health Science/Minor in Psychology form Dominican University of California, MS i Occupational Therapy expected from Dominican University of California
    Employer/Position Held: Knowledge Learning Corporation-Champions/After school Science Instructor
    Goals: Knowledgeable and innovative therapist-advocate and empower on personal and community level
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Harry Hidejiro Tanaka (HI), Susan Hisako Tanaka (SF) / San Francisco, CA

    Name: Ayae Yamamoto
    Sponsor: Nikei Lion Club of San Francisco
    Education: BA from UC Berkeley
    Employer/Position: University Eye Center (Berkeley)/Patient Services Assistant
    Goals: Become a physician (OB/GYN) volunteering in third world nations
    Age: 23
    Parents/Residence: Taashi and Masako Yamamoto / San Francisco, CA

    Name: Arisa Hiroi
    Sponsor: Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
    Education: BA expected in 2010 from University of California Davis in Japanese and Sociology AB/Minor in Education
    Employer/Position held: UCD East Asian Languages & Cultures Dept/Japanese Dept Reader
    Goals: To become a Japanese teacher in US
    Age: 19
    Parents/Residence: Kunikiko and Mari Hiroi / San Francisco, CA

    Name: Corey Yasuye Fujioka
    Sponsor: Takara Sake USA Incorporated
    Education: BS in Food Science from Cal Poly State University
    Employer/Position Held: Sweet Earth Chocolates (SLO)/Chocolate Production
    Goals: To change the way we eat: physically, mentally, environmentally and financially healthy
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Rober Masami and Diance Keiko Fujioka / Fremont, CA

    Name: Ashley Kiyoko Nakatani
    Sponsor: Nikkei West
    Education: BA June 2010 from University of California Davis double Major in International Relations and Communications with a Minor in Writing
    Employer/Position Held: UC Davis Washington Program/Student Advisor and Minato Japanese Restaurant/Server and Hostess
    Goals: Pursue a career in the field of International Relations with companies doing business in Japan
    Age: 22
    Parents/Residence: Neal Kanji Nakatani, Patricia Kiyoko Sakauye / San Jose, CA

    It’s On! San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival 2009 Finishes Up This Weekend

    Friday, April 17th, 2009

    The forecast is for sunny skies and balmy weather, so it’s going to be on this weekend during the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. Check the shedewl and get over there. You might encounter a Queen, see Grand Marshall George Takei, win a Toyota in the raffle, don an anime costume, wear your kimono, eat comfort food including dessert, and experience Aloha.

    Here’s what the past weekend was like.

    Of course the haters from the troubled 1600 Webster condo building would prefer to shut the whole shebang down, but unrestrained Hello Kitty joy will continue in the middle of Post Street nevertheless:

    From Okinawa with love:

    The mise-en-scene. This street festival has all the usual suspects, such as quack “doctors” and the dude who wants you to subscribe to the New York Times. But it also has a lot of unique things. It’s not just another S.F. streetfest:

    OMG, it’s your new car! The Corolla you’ll win after you enter the raffle will look something like a green fish, and it will have orange tires – you’ll have to change those out to black if you want to avoid trouble from the authoritahs, however.

    From the recent Queen Program at the Sundance Kabuki. Don’t call it a pageant:

    These menacing street toughs headed over to the 1600 Webster Building (can you see it with the ornate top up there?) with malice aforethought…

    …only to be subdued by this security guard. Whew! WTF? Who’s paying for this gratuitous guard? He looked extremely bored.  

    Mckenzie Phillips is back to her old habit of ruining tourist photos. I told her, This is it! You’ve got to stop doing this kind of stuff, M.P.” She said that she’s trying to do better, taking things one day at a time. By the way the Asian Art Museum is getting all geared up for Lords of the Samurai. It’s going to be mega. (Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan continues through May 10, 2009) 

    Will Catbus and Totoro return to the Anime contingent in the Grand Parade on Sunday? We can only hope:

    FYI, the anime stuff isn’t exactly G-rated. It could surprise you. From the banal…

    …to the bizarre:

    See you there this weekend!

     

    Complete parade lineup, after the jump.

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    2009 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program at the Sundance Kabuki

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    As a part of the ongoing Cherry Blossom Festival, we had six candidates at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program last night in Japantown. Yes, there were elaborate costumes and pageantry, but don’t call it a pageant, it’s a “program.” Fair enough, on with the show.

    There was a riot of color with all the kimono up on the stage at the Sundance Kabuki Theatre on Post near Fillmore:

    Here’s a close-up of your complicated kimono, complete with obi sash and zoori sandals:

    Master of Ceremonies George Kiriyama of KNTV NBC Bay Area San Jose Channel 3 / 11 with Mistress of Ceremonies Jana Katsuyama of KTVU Channel 2:

    The mise-en-scene. It was standing room only, just like Japantown’s recent Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival

    Stephanie Masako Hata of El Cerrito, sponsored by Benihana:

    Mari Masuko of San Francisco, sponsored by Union Bank of California:

    Sarah Naomi Kasuga of Burlingame, sponsored by Takara Sake USA:

    Margaret Cheney of Los Gatos, sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

    Eri Tagaya of Mill Valley, sponsored by the Golden Gate Optimist Club of San Francisco

    Yurika Vu of Fremont, sponsored by the Nikkei Lions Club of San Francisco:

    Benh Nakajo, Queen Program Advisor:

    The Honorable Yasumasa Nagamine, Counsul General of Japan:

    Masaaki Tanaka, President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and CEO of Union Bank of California:

    You don’t see many giant checks these days:

    Receiving the check are General Co-Chairs Richard Hashimoto and Allen Okamoto:

    So there you have it.

    [UPDATE: Here’s David Yu’s take on Flickr and on PBase.]

    Six Candidates Seek Title of Cherry Blossom Queen

    Six candidates for 2009 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen were introduced in San Francisco Japantown. It was noted that this year, for budgetary reasons, there will be no talent segment. Organizers hope to bring it back next year.

    The six candidates are Margaret Cheney, 24, of Los Gatos, Stephanie Masako Hata, 24, of El Cerrito, Sarah Naomi Kasuga, 24, of Burlingame, Mari Masuko, 23, of San Francisco, Eri Tagaya, 24, of Mill Valley and Yurika Vu, 25, of Fremont.

    See you next year!