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:

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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

March in Japantown

Hinamatsuri - Girl's Day (traditionally, March 3rd)
EVENT - Hinamatsuri celebration from 11am-3pm March 1, 2015 at JAMsj
Check for special items at Shueido Manju (Sakura manju). Kogura Company (dolls, origami paper- 6th & Jackson), Nichi Bei Bussan (origami paper, dolls), Nijiya Market (special Hinamatsuri candies on Jackson between 5th & 6th Streets),   Santo Market (Hinamatsuri candy @ 6th & Taylor)


hosted by the Japantown Business Association
as part of events celebrating Japantown San Jose's 125th Anniversary!

April 18, 2015 Saturday!
Free Outdoor Movie!
More details to come!


Jtown-Community TV

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



 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 

 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



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