Japantown events

Ramen Fundraiser

February 24, 2019 - 11am-1pm

Enjoy a tasty bowl of ramen after church services and before the movie, The Ito Sisters, an American Story. Ramen Tickets: $8 each.

The Ito Sisters: An American Story

February 24, 2019 - 1:30pm-3:30pm

Winner of a Grand Festival Award and an Audience Award at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, the film focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women, whose voices largely have been excluded from American history. Film screening and discussion with director/Producer, Antonia Grace Glenn.

Pilgrimage! and the Long Struggle to Win Redress

February 27, 2019 - 7pm-8:30pm

This presentation will feature videos and discussion about Japanese American pilgrimages and their origin in the development of identity and the courage to face the past as well as their crucial role in mobilizing Japanese Americans for redress.

Yu-Ai Kai 45th Anniversary Gala

March 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center is celebrating its 45th Anniversary with a gala event to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Santa Clara Marriott. Performances by Ukulele virtuoso Herb Ohta Jr., and San Jose Taiko. Keynote speaker, Kristi Yamaguchi. This event is dedicated to the late Jimi Yamaichi, a longtime supporter, advocate and advisor of Yu-Ai Kai.

Unite - Lotus Preschool Benefit

March 23, 2019 - 6pm-10pm

This event will be a dinner and silent auction held at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin (SJBCB) for Lotus Parents (current and alumni), friends, and the community who would like to help raise funds for the SJBCB’s Generations Phase II Education Building.

American Sutra: Lectura & Book Signing

March 31, 2019 - 1pm-3pm

This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom. American Sutra by Duncan Ryuken Williams. Hosted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.

Japantown Immersive

April 6, 2019 - 5pm-8:30pm

San Jose’s historic Japantown will be bringing out the inner artist, hosting a series of fun hands-on interactive activities. Music, dance, art, and Taiko! (photo by Pfox 35).

Pancake Breakfast - Island Style

April 7, 2019 - 8am-12noon

Japantown Lions Club and Foundation will be cooking up "A Short Stack for a Tall Cause". Pancakes, Hawaiian style fried rice (rice, Spam, Portuguese sausage, and veggies), and scrambled eggs. Issei Memorial Building, to benefit local charities in the Japantown communit.

San Jose JACL Manzanar Pilgrimage

April 26-28, 2019

This is a rare chance to experience the Japanese American World War II incarceration at Manzanar National Historic Park, the most well-preserved of the 10 major concentration camps. This will be a 3-day journey beginning on Friday morning, April 26, 2019 until the evening of Sunday April 28th.

Beerwalk - Japantown 2019

May 4, 2019 - 2p,-5pm

Back by popular demand - The Star Wars Themed Edition of the Beerwalk is coming to Japantown!

Nikkei Matsuri Festival

May 5, 2019 - 9:30am-4pm

Join us for the 41st Annual Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese American Festival). Embrace the local community’s love and appreciation for Japanese-American food, art, & culture.

Yu-Ai Kai Fun Run

May 5, 2019 - 9am-11am

This is a fun run and walk for family and friends of all ages. The approximate distance is a little over a 5k (3 mile) distance, with cutoffs at approximately 1 and 2 miles for those who do not want to run/walk the entire distance.