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Buy Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Concerts!
Honoring John Heinlen (Chinatown benefactor)
Honoring J.B. Peckham (Japantown benefactor)

August 15th,
was fun! - 7pm at San Jose Buddhist Church Annex Building
J-Town TV first video of Aug 15th concert!
Thank yous go to:
Michael Yoshihara, Reiko Iwanaga and Obon assistant dancers
San Jose Taiko, Chidori Band
Shirley Muramoto
City of San Jose District 3 Raul Peralez & Staff, District 2 Ash Kalra & Staff
The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo & Jessica Liccardo
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren & Staff, Congresswoman Anna Eschoo, Congressman Mike Honda
The Kogura Company Family, Dennis Akizuki, Jordan Trigg & Jack's Bar
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

Still to Come! Buy tickets online for the September 12th Concert!
an entirely different program

EVENTBRITE: 125th Anniversary Concerts
September 12th, 7pm at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Featuring: Wesley Jazz Band, Wesley Ukulele Band and Halau Na Wai Ola

$15 Individual ticket, $20 at the door if available
$25 Individual both concerts if tickets are purchased at the same time
$10 for individuals 65 years of age +
Children 12 and under free

Look for 125th Anniversary posters around Japantown!

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
 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
2015  JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month,- NEXT - September 17,, 2015, 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street Suite G


 2014  The Year of the Horse

september 12

125th Anniversary Concert at WUMC
7pm - tickets available at Kogura Company, Headliners, Biscuits & the Japantown Farmers Market
Featuring: Wesley Jazz Band, Wesley Ukulele Band and Halau Na Wai Ola

WATCH for the 3rd Annual Jtown SHUKAI on September 13th
More information to come or email:


Jtown 5th Annual Beerwalk SAVE THE DATE - January 23, 2016, Saturday, 2pm-6pm


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:





 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 


NIKKEI MATSURI, Sunday, April 26, 2015 Nikkei Matsuri's 38th 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   


SUMMER WINE WALK - June 10, 2105 5pm-8pm
Buy your tickets online now!



July 11-12, 2015
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)

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Jtown Shukai (Car Meet-up)
Cars, motorcycles, booths on Jackson Street! - more info to come!

 Aki Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church
October 3, 2015
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Please Call (408) 295-0367 for updated information!

Japantown Halloween!
October 31st, 2015 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
More TBA