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Wednesday March 28, 2018


On March 28, exactly 50 years ago, the Japan Center was officially opened. We invite you to join us for a special ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Japan Center and honor Japantown’s pioneering business community.

Saturday April 14, 2018

Sunday April 15, 2018

Saturday April 21, 2018

Sunday April 22, 2018

51st Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

The executive committee of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival has announced its dates for this year’s festival – April 14, 15 & April 21, 22 and is free to the public. The Grand Parade will be on April 22 starting from SF Civic Center and ending in Japantown. The first Cherry Blossom Festival took place […]

Saturday May 5, 2018

Kodomo No Hi – Children’s Day Festival

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

Volunteer Opportunities in Japantown
Year-round, the Japantown community asks for volunteers to help program a lot of the events in Japantown. Some of our events, like the Cherry Blossom Festival requires almost 500 volunteers. We understand there are a lot of great causes out there and giving your time to help support the community is something we treasure. We […]

10 Exciting New Things at the 2015 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
By Ryan Smith This year marks the 48th anniversary of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and to celebrate, there are going to be several noteworthy additions. The best part of these new attractions is that there’s something for everyone, so there’s no reason why the whole family can’t enjoy! Let’s take a look at […]

Discover Japantown: Edible Excursions’ Tour Shines a Light on Unique Culinary Offerings
Japantown is one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco, with a fascinating history and delicious, authentic cuisine. Edible Excursions has led culinary tours through the neighborhood for 3 years, guiding guests to the many diverse gems including YakinQ Café for sweet potato lattes, fresh onigiri (rice balls) from Kissako Tea, handmade mochi […]