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Saturday May 4, 2019

2019 Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi)

In partnership with the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), this traditional youth celebration will feature traditional Japanese performances, mochi pounding, youth art contests, arts and crafts, activities, games, bouncy house and more. When: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Where: Japantown Peace Plaza Cost: Free

Saturday June 30, 2018

Soy and Tofu Festival

Come discover the joy of soy at the eighth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival! A fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, to support the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Sunday July 1, 2018

Japan Day Festival

When: 12:00 – 4:30 PM Where: Japantown Peace Plaza Cost: Free Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown! Enjoy the GenRyu Arts production of Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Experience Japanese cultural arts, music and dance. FREE Schedule of Events OUTDOOR PEACE PLAZA STAGE: 12:00PM -12:45 PM: Kokuseiryu Shigin 1:00-1:10 PM: Shubukai of Chicago […]

Saturday July 14, 2018

SF Anime Festival & Cosplay

When: July 14, 2018, 11a-4p Where: Japantown Peace Plaza Cost: Free Get your wigs and costume on, find your Senpai and notice your Kohai while exploring great shops and restaurants in East and West Japantown Malls. Not sure what to do? Stop by Senpai booth to get Cosplay 101 from local cosplayers.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Sunday July 22, 2018

Ginza Bazaar / Bon Odori

When: July 21 – 1 P.M. – 6 P.M. / July 22 – 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. Where: Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine Street, SF, CA 94115 Join the Buddhist Church of San Francisco  for the annual 80th Ginza Bazaar and 87th annual Bon Odori (Obon Dancing) which features two days of […]

Saturday August 4, 2018

Sunday August 5, 2018

45th Nihonmachi Street Fair

When: August 4,5 , 2018, 11a-6p Where: SF Japantown Cost: Free The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. Continually evolving to reflect the city it celebrates while […]

Sunday August 26, 2018

Origami Palooza

Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels. MAKE A WISH, FOLD A CRANE. Join members of Rainbow World Fund as they gather wishes and cranes for the World Tree of Hope. Named one of the most ‘Beautiful Trees in the World’ […]

Saturday September 15, 2018

Sunday September 16, 2018

Japantown Sumo Champions Exhibition

When: September 15 (Meet & Greet) & 16 (Exhibitions), 2018 Where: Japantown Peace Plaza Feel the power and excitement of the 7th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition matches in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Day 1 Meet & Greet Take a photo or selfie with your favorite Sumo. When: Saturday, September 15th @ 5:00 PM – East […]

Saturday September 29, 2018

San Francisco Osaka Matsuri

When: September 29, 2018, 12pm-5pm Where: Japantown Peace Plaza

Community Member Honored for 2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Our community is proud to announce the winner of the San Francisco Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration's Second Annual Edwin Mah Lee Public Service Award to Sandy Mori.

What is Oshogatsu and why is it important to the Japanese
The most important Japanese Holiday of the year is New Year or Oshogatsu (正月). It has the same resonance as Christmas for the Christians faith: a time for celebration, spiritual communion and being with family. The New Year is a great opportunity to celebrate the religious aspect in Japanese culture as well as eat great […]

Japan Center Malls’ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide


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