2014 The Year of the Horse
Arts & Annual Festivals
San Jose Taiko was born in Japantown
Visit their website
Or call San Jose Taiko at 408.293.9344
If you missed their workshops and concerts - their next
ShamiCamp is in Berlin!
NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, April 23, 2017 -Nikkei Matsuri's
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!
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
2nd weekend in July
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
640 N. 5th Street, SJ, 95112
July 8th & 9th, 2017
(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.
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! )
photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto
Sept 17th, Sunday 10am-3pm is Viva
Japantown is a hub again this year!
Walk or ride your bicycle and expect lots of cool things going on!
Performances, food, tabling, Farmers Market - more!
Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Please Call (408) 295-0367
for updated information!
Jtown Shukai (Car Meet-up)-October
Cars, motorcycles, booths on Jackson Street! - more info to come!
October 31st, 2017 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!
Dec 2nd, 2017!
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