Events 2018 Year of the Dog

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Art Box Project San Jose

Artists: (l-r) Orly Locquiao, Taki Kitamura, Sam Rodriguez, Yurika Chiba

More art...

("Kitsune" at Jack's Bar on Taylor Street by State of Grace Tattoo- Horitomo)

Japantown Murals by various artists
Live murals and NB Store coordinated by Empire 7 Studios
See Japantown Business Association Facebook for more information or email:
Japantown Mural Project (Fence project-no longer up)
(find out what it was and the artists involved)
Interview with Tamiko Rast (YouTube)



Japantown Certified Farmers' Market

Apologies to our wonderful pooches & their people.
Santa Clara County Health rules prohibit any animals within 20ft (2 normal 10' x 10' tent sizes) of food stalls
We are happy to hold onto them for you while you shop. OR You can tie your pet to a fence at the entrance to the market
& volunteers will watch him/her/them

 in the Corporation Yard next to the parking lot
SUNDAY mornings from 8:30 to noon

Want to volunteer? We need help with the market!
Send an email to:

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Japantown Business Association
2018  JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meetings usually - 3rd Thursday of the month,-
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San Jose Taiko was born in Japantown San Jose
Visit their website
Or call San Jose Taiko at 408.293.9344 
Japantown Immersive - May 12, 2018from 6pm-9pm
Jackson St between 4th & 6th Closed>
Pop-up performances, cool past eras of Japantown...come immerse yourselves!



NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:30am-4pm

 Look for special events this year! Japantown's annual arts and crafts festival features over 40 artists with clothing, jewelry, pottery, toys and dolls. Taste ethnic foods, read stories, participate in demonstrations, listen to music, watch and jive with dancing and San Jose Taiko Drummers. 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, centered on Jackson Street at Fifth in the heart of Japantown.
Contact: Warren Hayashi 241-0900. Go to the website for vendor information, visitor info!
Health Fair:  to benefit the Yu-Ai Kai Community Center  programs and services. It is held on the same day as the Nikkei Matsuri Festival. Contact: Yu-Ai-Kai (408) 294-2505

May 12, 2018- Japantown Immersive!
A San Jose Taiko organized event.
Street closures, interactive sites, music - all just a little of what's to come
More info to come!

June 9, 2018 -SAKEWALK
Saturday, 2pm-5pm
Walk around Japantown, go inside stores and taste some new sakes!

SUMMER  (Natsu)


emple photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto

2nd weekend in July
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar

640 N. 5th Street, SJ, 95112

 information: Call 408-293-9292
Obon/Bazaar: (every year in mid July) Japantown's largest festival with two days of game booths, food booths, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, the Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko and over 1,200 dancers in full costume each evening. A San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin event. Contact (408) 293-9292 or visit the website at

(Obon Odori practice (dancing practice)  Cultural note* - in Japan, many people know the dances from growing up with them. Obon season (summer) is when people go home to visit relatives and pay respects to their ancestors.
Here, we have obon dance practices because many people are shy and don't want to make mistakes. However, the real spirit of Obon dance is to just JOIN IN! )

 FALL  (Aki)

 Aki Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Please Call (408) 295-0367 for updated information!

Japantown Halloween!
October 31st, 2018  from 5pm!
San Jose Taiko and Japantown Business Association
UNICEF TRick or TReat  \(^^)/ donations (bring your loose change!) accepted at SJ Taiko performance site @ 5pm @ Wesley (United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 566 N. 5th Street) &
maybe more to come!



SANTA THEMED BEERWALK Saturday, Dec 1, 2018!

fundraisersfor the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
Winter Boutique November

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center (mochi making at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex building) November/December
More TBA