Events 2014
Year of the Horse

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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)
 

Sister Cities International Pacific Rim/Asia Connections
Applies to registrants only
Lunch Map

Japantown parking lots
ALL available public parking is FREE in Japantown on Sundays and Holidays!
card option available at 6th & Jackson temporary lot)

Parking Meter Rates $1 per hour

Credit Card LogosMerchant servicesMerchant services
Visiting and need a way to get around?
Try ZIPCAR! Now in San Jose!
 


Japantown Certified Farmers' Market
24th year in 2014


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

We can use volunteers to help with the market!
Send an email to: kathy@japantownsanjose.org


 
2014   JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street  

 2014  The Year of the Horse

 


  • Japantown Farmers Market Sundays! 8:30am-Noon year round


    'Yatai" food truck every Sunday at the Japantown Farmers Market! Thurs-Sunday at Nichi Bei Bussan parking lot
    on Jackson between 3rd - 4th Street from 6pm-9:30pm
     

  • and Pizza Verde - all organic ingredients! Fired on the spot in his brick oven! (most Sundays)

 
JULY   OBON

July 12-13, 2014
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
here
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 www.sjbetsuin.com
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! )

  • Hawai'i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California MIXER at the Hukilau San Jose!
    230 Jackson Street. $2 parking at the corner of 6th & Jackson St.

    Come join in the fun! Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:30-8:00pm
    http://hccnc1.ning.com/events/hccnc-business-mixer-july-30th


     

  • Sister Cities International - 58th Annual Conventio

  • Shamisen  Meet-up @ ART OBJECT GALLERY|
    (see Japantown Business Assn facebook!)
    International Team Bachido  WON 1st PLACE in the Zenkoku Tsugaru Shamisen Taikai!!!!! 2014!




    ARTWALK in Japantown - 2nd Friday of the month!
    July 11th - scaled down for OBON weekend
     

     Japantown at work:

 


 
 
 

 Cultural Arts & Annual Festivals
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San Jose Taiko was born in Japantown San Jose
Visit their website www.taiko.org
Or call San Jose Taiko at 408.293.9344


  

       SUMMER (Natsu 
 



 OBON
July 12-13, 2014
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
here
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 www.sjbetsuin.com
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! )

  • 2014 Obon Odori Practices, 7:30pm to 8:45pm in the Annex building (Gym):
    Monday -June 23, Wednesday - June 25, Thursday - June 26,
    Monday - June 30, Tuesday - July 1 and Wednesday - July 2

temple photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto
 

 

  Japan-EXPO! 2nd Annual in the USA
San Mateo Event Center
Look for evening events in Japantown SJ!

Aug 22-24, 2014


 FALL  (Aki)

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


Japantown Shukai (Car meet-up) September 28th, Noon-5pm
Jackson Closed from 4th -7th Streets.

Various activities like the fundraisers for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
Winter Boutique,
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center (mochi making at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex building) and maybe more!

WINTER (Fuyu)

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

February 7, 2015 - Saturday, 2pm - Japantown BeerWalk!-

SPRING (Haru)

NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, April 27, 2014 Nikkei Matsuri's 37th 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!
www.nikkeimatsuri.org 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   


SAKE SAN JOSE  a Thursday evening May
hosted by and to benefit Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center
This is a great Thursday evening event with 25  businesses participating!.
After you redeem your ticket at Yu-Ai Kai, you are invited to visit the various businesses in a Sake Walk where Yu-Ai Kai volunteers are pouring sake from many sake companies and distributors. Some of these are special sakes that are only available at designated restaurants. It's an orderly, relaxing evening. Come walk, talk, find new places to visit and shop in Japantown