Events 2014
Year of the Horse

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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)

Visiting and need a way to get around?
Try ZIPCAR! Now in San Jose!

Japantown parking lots
ALL available public parking is FREE in Japantown on Sundays and Holidays!
card option available at 6th & Jackson temporary lot)

Parking Meter Rates $1 per hour

Credit Card LogosMerchant servicesMerchant services

Japantown Certified Farmers' Market
24th year in 2014

 in the Corporation Yard next to the parking lot
OPEN SUNDAY mornings from 8:30 to noon

We can use volunteers to help with the market!
Send an email to:

2014   JBA MONTHLY Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:15pm JBA office, 565 N. 6th Street  

 2014  The Year of the Horse


  • Japantown Farmers Market Sundays! 8:30am-Noon year round
    OPEN Easter Sunday as usual (but no coffee available)
    And OPEN Nikkei Matsuri April 27th, till 1pm!

    'Yatai" food truck every Sunday at the Japantown Farmers Market!


Ken Matsumoto (Art Object Gallery) & Paul Sakamoto (Japonica)

  • Sunday April 27, 2014 - Nikkei Matsuri
    9:30am-4pm in Japantown San Jose
    Farmers market open
    Nihonmachi Run (to benefit Yu-Ai Kai)

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 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 23,  2013
hosted by and to benefit Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center
This is a great Thursday evening event with 24+ 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

       SUMMER (Natsu 

July 12-13, 2014
San Jose Buddhist Church calendar
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)

photo courtesy Gerald Sakamoto

  Japan-EXPO! 2nd Annual in the USA
San Mateo Event Center
Look for evening events in Japantown SJ!

Aug 22-24, 2014

 FALL  (Aki)

 Aki Matsuri - by Wesley United Methodist Church September
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112 Call (408) 295-0367

Japantown Shukai (Car meet-up) September 28th, Noon-5pm
Jackson Closed from 4th -7th Streets.

Various activities like the fundraisers for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
Winter Boutique,
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community Center (mochi making at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex building) and maybe more!


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!-