Japantown events

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 - 4:30pm-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 community.

48th Annual Bonsai Exhibit

April 13-14, 2019

Presented by the San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club. Noon-5pm on Saturday, Noon-4pm Sunday. Exhibits, demonstrations, sales of plants and containers.

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.

Norman Mineta & His Legacy: An American Story

May 20, 2019 - 9pm PBS

Norman Mineta has deep roots in San Jose's Japantown - where he was born and raised, and launched his political career. NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY: AN AMERICAN STORY, is a documentary portrait of the American statesman and trailblazer, and premieres on Monday, May 20, 2019, on PBS. Check your local listings.