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Year of the Sheep

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Art Box Project San Jose

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

Japantown Mural Project
(find out what it is and the artists involved)
Interview with Tamiko Rast (YouTube)


Japantown Certified Farmers' Market
 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:

Instagram - japantownsj
Japantown Business Association
2015  JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month,- NEXT - April 16,, 2015, 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street Suite G


 2014  The Year of the Horse

APRIL in Japantown

April 18, 2015 Saturday!
Presented by the Japantown Business Association
as part of events celebrating Japantown San Jose's 125th Anniversary!

Thank you to San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin for helping to sponsor the Outdoor Movie~!


 *******from one of our tinier shops:
(which you might miss if you blink while you are walking down Jackson St -
BUT - NOT if they can help it!)



Nikkei Matsuri (Nikkei Festival)

Nikkei Matsuri April 26th, Sunday
@ venues and streets on and around 5th St and Jackson Street
Farmers Market open 4/26/15 also!

***you missed hearing them at the market last  Sunday***

The 'Opio of Halau Na Wai Ola say


San Jose J-Town Film Festival!
May 29-31st
Friday evening May 29th, Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31st
tickets available online at:

Friday May 29th (at Northside Community Center 6th & Empire St): a special screening of Delano Manongs;
Forgotten Heroes of the United Farmerworkers, directed by Marissa Aroy who is flying in from New York to join film attendees.
Celebrated filmmaker and theater playwright/producer, Luis Valdez, will introduce the program following the film. Valdez, who experienced this
segment of time personally, has documented the 1965 Grape Strike and formation of the United Farmworkers (UFW) through film and theater.

Saturday, May 30th (at Northside Community Center 6th & Empire St): Animated Hibakusha about the victims of the nuclear bombs
in Japan, the recent PBS special documentary KUMU HINA, and documentary Skin Stories; The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo,

the film Eastside Sushi (paired with a Sushi reception) and The People I've Slept With - the Quentin Lee/Koji Sakai comedy.

Sunday, May 31st (at JAMsj - the Japanese American Museum of San Jose) ISSEI: The first Generation, the long-lost documentary about the
Issei Pioneers of the Sacramento River Delta.

The J-Town FilmFest organizing committee is comprised of representatives from J-Town Community TV, JAMsj,
Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), Muticultural Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)
and the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)
JBA co-sponsor



SUMMER WINE WALK - June 10, 2105 5pm-8pm

Buy your tickets online now!



Jtown-Community TV

Shamisen  Meet-up @ ART OBJECT GALLERY|
(see Japantown Business Assn facebook!)

Sister Cities International Pacific Rim/Asia Connections~ Summer 2014


Japantown at work:





 Cultural Arts & Annual Festivals
 Community Calendar

San Jose Taiko was born in Japantown San Jose
Visit their website
Or call San Jose Taiko at 408.293.9344 


NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, April 26, 2015 Nikkei Matsuri's 38th Anniversary! -
 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. 9:00 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   


SUMMER WINE WALK - June 10, 2105 5pm-8pm
Buy your tickets online now!



July 11-12, 2015
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
640 N. 5th Street, SJ, 95112
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! )

temple photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto

 FALL  (Aki)

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Jtown Shukai (Car Meet-up)
Cars, motorcycles, booths on Jackson Street! - more info to come!

(2014 flyer)

 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, 2015 Saturday 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!



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