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A TED Event for Japantown: TEDx PeacePlaza Coming November 9th – $50 Including Lunch – Starring David Chiu

Monday, November 4th, 2013

TEDxPeacePlaza is coming soon.

The promotional code “MIKE” is still working to save you 50% off the $100 list price, FYI.

(Here’s what I’ve had to say about the star-crossed 1865 Post location, which I used to repeatedly call Kabuki Chicken when Robert Redford owned it, cause I’m not wired right. And it used to be a Pasta Pomodoro, back in the day.)

(And of course the eponymous Peace Plaza pagoda should be destroyed, you know, due to the concrete and clay and general decay. IMO)

All the deets:

“Join us on Nov. 9 for TEDxPeacePlaza! Register on Eventbrite.com.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPeacePlaza, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPeacePlaza event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized

TEDxPeacePlaza is a new TEDx event taking place on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Pa’ina Lounge in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Tweet us @TEDxPeacePlz for a chance to receive discounted tickets.

Our speakers include:

  • David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Lateefah Simon, Director of California’s Future Program at the Rosenberg Foundation
  • Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council
  • Nwe Oo, CEO of Weaving Through Change (helping refugee women from Burma preserve their tradition while creating economic opportunity)
  • Tulio Cardozo, Founder of Collaborative Benefit (helping the formerly incarcerated get hired)
  • Katherine Woo, Vice President of Product at Kiva
  • Gary Chou, School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design
  • Valerie Luu & Katie Kwan, Co-Founders of Rice Paper Scissors (pop-up Vietnamese street food)
  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Sculptor and Photographer (exploring the link between the natural world and industrial world)
  • Akiko Aspillaga, immigration rights advocate
Your admission to this event includes lunch.

Theme: “What’s Possible” - Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done. What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? The theme of the first TEDxPeacePlaza event on November 9, 2013, is “What’s Possible” — which can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question. ~ Glenn Fajardo, co-curator, TEDxPeacePlaza

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Meet our team.

Got an invite to TEDxPeacePlaza? Register with your promo code for up to $50 off the regular admission.

Theme: “What’s Possible”
Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done. What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? The theme of the first TEDxPeacePlaza event on November 9, 2013, is “What’s Possible” — which can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question. ~ Glenn Fajardo, co-curator, TEDxPeacePlaza

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

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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Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.


Bollywood Comes to Japantown – See Indian Romance Film Outdoors Saturday Night – A Free Showing at the Peace Plaza

Friday, November 12th, 2010

You know the Bollywood movies, right? They’re like soap operas + romcoms + Janet Jackson videos all in one tidy package. So you all ought to show up at the Japantown Peace Plaza this Saturday night:

“Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served. Rain or Shine”

Then you can see if Nerdlinger gets the girl. And, bonus, they’re also going to show Tokyo Godfathers and Shaolin Soccer before winter’s over. And there’s a Karaoke Contest or two coming up as well. Deets below.

We are a part of the Rhythm Nation:

Sat Nov 13

Free Outdoor Screening in Japantown Peace Plaza

Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI (A Match Made by God, रब ने बना दी जोडी)

Have you ever stopped to wonder if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you know might have a love story to tell?

Join us for a free outdoor screening of Bollywood Classic RAB NE BANA DI JODI in the Japantown Peace Plaza. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll want to dance!
Film Overview: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell?

Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell?

But guess what – love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield.

This is what happened to Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) – a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious – Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together. What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 – 7 PM
FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Peace Plaza in Japantown, Post Street at Buchanan Street
Early arrival highly suggested. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Rain or Shine

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Hundreds Attend Rained-Out Kristi Yamaguchi Children’s Day Festival in Japantown

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

San Francisco’s annual Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival took place indoors today, but that didn’t spoil the fun.

Here’s what it looked outdoors last year, without the rain.

The gymnasium at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California on Sutter was a lively scene today:

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Japantown Peace Plaza
Street: Post and Buchanan Streets
City/Town: San Francisco, CA 

 

In recognition of Japan’s national holiday celebrating children, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California is presenting its annual Children’s Day Festival. There will be entertainment, food, games, and hands-on arts & crafts activities for youngsters. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the fun! Admission is free.

Next year’s should be drier…