The Monthly Newsletter

Hi Everyone!

Happy Lunar New Year! 🐯
We're rolling up our sleeves and cleaning up SF Japantown with the JCBD this weekend! Thank you to everyone who signed up!

Looking for other ways to give back? The San Francisco Japantown Foundation is hosting a COVID-19 Recovery fundraiser to benefit the various nonprofits that provide services to the community and keep Japantown going. Check out their GoFundMe page to donate!


Nakayoshi Events

VOLUNTEER / Official / Saturday, FEBRUARY 5, 2022 at 10 AM

SF Japantown Community Cleanup with JCBD

When: Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 10AM
Where: Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115

The volunteer form is now closed because the maximum number of volunteers has been reached. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

The Japantown Community Benefit District (JCBD) is hosting a cleanup in SF Japantown on Saturday February 5th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Nakayoshi will help with the cleanup, so please join us if you can!

We will meet in the upper level of the Peace Plaza, and JCBD will have cleaning tools and garbage bags. After cleanup is complete, we'll check in for lunch for those that can make it. The event is a good way to meet new people and to reconnect with the SF Japantown community!

Please wear attire that is appropriate for outdoor work. Face coverings are required.

Hope to see you there!
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Join Nakayoshi Core!

Want to get involved in the community and meet new friends? Join Nakayoshi Core! We provide opportunities to support various Japantown organizations while helping you build your network and leadership skills. If you're interested, drop us a line at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you! 

Community Spotlight


SF Japantown Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund

During our last campaign, the San Francisco Japantown Foundation raised $214,700.00 to help Japantown organizations avert a major crisis and continue their vital services. But the tragic pandemic events of 2020 have taken their toll. Japantown has survived and has now transitioned from a state of crisis to one of recovery.

Therefore, we have created the San Francisco Japantown Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund to provide financial support to the nonprofits that work tirelessly to provide services to the community, and promote the continuation of Japanese culture and traditions.

The Foundation will match up to $100,000 of funds. Every dollar donated will be used against this 1:1 match. All donors will be listed on our website.

Donate here

CIVIL RIGHTS / spotlight / Saturday, FEBRUARY 19, 2022 at 5 PM

SF Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2022

This is an announcement for the 2022 Bay Area Day of Remembrance, an annual event in San Francisco Japantown for over 40 years. It is a day of observance for the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Program Details:

Keynote Speaker:
Jon Osaki, Filmmaker & Executive Director, JCYC
Emcee: Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director, Japantown Task Force
Clifford I. Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Award: Karen Kai & Robert Rusky (posthumous)
Performances by: Jerry Waki & Anthony Brown
Virtual Candlelighting Ceremony
Interfaith Benediction: Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF)
Call to Action: Black & Japanese Latin American Reparations Now!

For more info:
National Japanese American Historical Society
(415) 921-5007

Please check out the Eventbrite link for more details and to register for this virtual Zoom event.

Register at Eventbrite

Community / opportunity / details see below

KOHO Creative Hub

KOHO is a versatile creative hub in development by the Japantown Cultural District, for and by artists & creators, located in the heart of Japantown, San Francisco.

Celebrating the ever evolving creative spirit of our Japanese + Japanese American communities, KOHO’s 2022 vision consists of Space Activations, Workshops, Pop Ups, Professional Development, Art Exhibits, and amazing Events.

It takes people power to make this happen. Get involved!

For events from the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), see their calendar.

Last Month's Nakayoshi Events

How about a throwback to our last Japantown cleanup? We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend! 
2022 Nakayoshi