Year of the Monkey
List of Businesses,
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
Japantown Mural Project
(Fence project-no longer up)
(find out what it was and the artists involved)
Interview with Tamiko Rast (YouTube)
Certified Farmers' Market
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 -
Tell what's making you happy
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
April 15, 16, 17, 2016
This new event
will bring master instructors from Japan and Canada to Japantown to work
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!
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
JTOWN SUMMER WINE WALK
2nd weekend in July
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
640 N. 5th Street, SJ, 95112
(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
Jtown Shukai (Car Meet-up)
Cars, motorcycles, booths on Jackson Street! - more info to come!
Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Please Call (408) 295-0367
for updated information!
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!
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