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Art Box Project San Jose

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

Murals by various artists

("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
 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
2016  JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month,- NEXT - March 17, 2016, 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street Suite G

KAO=S Concert Cancelled
Please look forward to  Shamisen Masters on April 17, 2016

Sign up for the Nihonmachi Fun Run/Walk!
30th Year, 5K/3Mi
May 1, 2016, 9am-11am
Registration forms can also be picked up at the Yu-Ai Kai Building or
at the Akiyama Wellness Center
Questions: Event Chair - Rickey Ono

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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 


April 15, 16, 17, 2016

This new event will bring master instructors from Japan and Canada to Japantown to work with registrants
to improve their shamisen skills! this is actually ShamiCamp 2. The first one was in Tokyo in 2015.
JBA is proud to be a sponsor of this great event. Expect to hear shamisen in the outdoors on Japantown SJ streets!

NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, May 1, 2016 -Nikkei Matsuri's 39th 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   




2nd weekend in July
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)

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

 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, 2016 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
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