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


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

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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:

2014   JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday,August 21, 2014 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street  

 2014  The Year of the Horse


Japan-EXPO! 2nd Annual in the USA

Madei Project thanks you
benefitting Iitate Village, Fukushima, Japan

Japantown Business Association Booth will be selling items from the 'Madei Project'
All proceeds go to Iitate, Japan which was hit by the nuclear disaster three years ago
in Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami.


  9/4 through 7
CAAMfest San Jose
just some of what's to see
Sept 4th - Yuri Kochiyama documentary at JAMsj
Sept 6th, Saturday 8:30pm @ Camera 3 "Awesome Asian Bad Guys"
co-sponsored by JBA
Sept 8th, Sunday 7:00pm @ Camera 3 - closing film "27C Loaf Rocks"
co-sponsored by JBA

  Sept 7th, Sunday -Grandparents Day at JAMsj! 11am-4pm
at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Lotus Preschool and JAMsj are teaming up to bring you a fun-filled day of cultural activites for kids and their grandparents!
-Kamishibai (photo shoot)
-Photo shoot
-Jan-Ken-Po tournament
- scavenger hung
-taiko fun
-traditional Japanese toys & children's games
-and more!

Japantown Shukai (Car meet-up) September 28th, Noon-5pm
Jackson Closed from 4th -7th Streets.
(Think cool. Think cars. That's it.)

ARTWALK in Japantown - 2nd Friday of the month!

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


   Japantown at work:

<--Jtown's newest mural



 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


       SUMMER (Natsu 

Japantown Shukai (Car meet-up) September 28th, Noon-5pm
Jackson Closed from 4th -7th Streets.
(Think cool. Think cars. That's it.)

 FALL  (Aki)

 Aki Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church October 11, 2014
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Call (408) 295-0367

Japantown Halloween!
October 31st, 2014, Friday from 5pm!
San Jose Taiko and Japantown Business Association



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!-


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! 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

July 12-13, 2014
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