Events 2015
Year of the Sheep

2015 - the 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
25th year in 2015

 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: kathy@japantownsanjose.org


Instagram - japantownsj
 
Japantown Business Association
2014   JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month,- NEXT - Feb 19, 2015, 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street Suite G

 

 2014  The Year of the Horse


 February 7, 2015, Saturday, 2pm-6pm
 Japantown BeerWalk


Buy your tickets early! Tickets are available on the day of the event but will be priced higher!

VTA lightrail stops, both Civic Center and Japantown/Ayer will be Closed Feb 6-9, 2015 for permanent rail repair.
There will be a 'Bus Bridge' available to connect the points and provide public transportation.

2nd Friday Japantown Art Walk
February 13, 2015

Events within the Art Walk:
The Petite Galleria~ from owner April Gee ~"
My little shop will feature fine prints by silk screen artist/photographer Giuliana Maresca.
The shop will feature a collection of vintage valentines from the 20's and 30's for sale. If weather permits, there will be a little "Make your Own Valentine" workshop outside in front of my shop."

 


 

***OUTDOOR MOVIE***

April 18, 2015 Saturday!
 Free Tsugaru shamisen performance.
More details to come!

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JTOWN Community meetings ON JTOWN COMMUNITY TV-ON YOU TUBEon
Jtown-Community TV
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIZKljxgUOAwSy1xn11lfvA




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



Sister Cities International Pacific Rim/Asia Connections~ Summer 2014

 

 

Japantown at work:

  

<--Jtown's newest mural

 


 
 
 

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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 

 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
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) &
Free outdoor movie site (640 N. 5th Street - San Jose Buddhist Church Annex building) from 7-9pm

 

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
 



 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! )

temple photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto