The Monthly Newsletter

Hi Everyone,
Summer is coming in hot but that's not stopping us from rolling up our sleeves to clean up a historic school and helping out in the VIP reception of this year's Soy and Tofu festival!

A big thank you to everyone who signed up for our Kinmon Gakuen cleanup on June 4th! More information can be found below.

Save the date for Nakayoshi's annual Welcome Picnic on July 2nd! Stay tuned for more details on our social media channels and look out for an event email soon.


Nakayoshi Events

VOLUNTEER / Official / SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM

Soy and Tofu Festival VIP Reception

When: Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM
Where: 22 Peace Plaza #505, San Francisco, CA 94115 (formerly Takara)

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/vk1PSMapZtXyo6VQ8
Nakayoshi needs volunteers to help with the VIP Reception of the 2022 Soy & Tofu Festival. The Soy & Tofu Festival is hosted by the NichiBei Foundation and the VIP Reception is a sponsor appreciation event and a tofu dessert competition (https://soyandtofufest.org/tofu-dessert-competition/).

Volunteers can expect to help with setup, clean up, and assisting with the catering during the event. Food and sake will be available to volunteers as well!

Volunteers, please be prepared with the following:
- masks are required
- closed-toe/comfortable shoes
- long hair tied
- apron (optional)
- hat/hair net (optional)

If you can't make it for the full duration, it's no problem - just let us know!
Facebook event

SOCIAL / Official / SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Nakayoshi Welcome Picnic

When: Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Where: Lindley Meadow at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Save the date!

Look out for updates on our social media channels and an event email soon.

Nakayoshi's annual Welcome Picnic is a great casual event for young professionals, recent college graduates and young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area looking for opportunities to network and get involved in the Japanese American and API community. Everyone is welcome!

VOLUNTEER / Official / SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Kinmon Gakuen Cleanup

When: Saturday June 4th, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Where: 2031 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94115

The form for this event is now closed. Volunteers should have received an email from us confirming their participation. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

The Kinmon Gakuen or Golden Gate Institute is a Japanese language school in San Francisco, California, located at 2031 Bush Street. It was established in 1911 with 133 students. They currently offer programs to children from kindergarten to high school.

For more information about Kinmon Gakuen, please visit https://kinmongakuen.com/about-kinmon-gakuen/

As volunteers, we will get a tour of the historic building, and we will sweep, mop and clean the classrooms. There will also be some weeding and clean-up in the yard. Please bring comfortable clothing appropriate for cleaning activities.

Update  - Raise the Pride Flag in SF Japantown Peace Plaza will occur from noon-3pm. We will spend some time to visit the event during our lunch break!
Facebook event


Join Nakayoshi Core!

Want to get involved in the community and meet new friends? Join our core officer team!

We provide opportunities to support Japantown organizations while helping you build your network and skills.

There are no requirements other than a desire to get involved -- but we especially need help with the following positions:

  • Digital content and marketing
  • Event coordinating 

If you're interested, fill out our interest form or drop us a line at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

We'd love to hear from you!

I'm interested!


Announcing Nakayoshi's Line Account!

Are you on Line? So are we! Come and join us on our Line account!

Get Connected!


Nakayoshi Professional Resources Network

Nakayoshi wants to build a network of people who are willing and able to donate their unique skills for the Japantown community! 

Why do we want to do this?

We've found that members of Nakayoshi, as well as those in the wider Japantown community, have an extensive variety of skill sets--whether it's art, graphic design, fundraising, grant writing, copy editing, project management, web development, etc. We'd like to gather together willing volunteers and help direct them to opportunities in the Japantown community that best suit the needs. 

How does this work and what is the time commitment? 

Nakayoshi will help connect the need and the resources, and provide the introductions accordingly. From there, expectations will be established to identify the scoped work. Volunteers are expected to complete the work as agreed upon. 

What can I get out of it?

If you're just starting off in your career, joining the network is a good way to develop your skills that will have a tangible effect in the community. Even if you are well established in your career, volunteers can develop new relationships and understanding of the Japantown community!

I have skills to share!

Community Spotlight

Community / opportunity / VOLUNTEER

Raise the Pride Flag at the Peace Plaza

When: June 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

Let’s raise the Pride Flag in Japantown in honor of Queer Transgender Asian Pacific Islander Week and Pride month!

For more info: sfjacl@yahoo.com. RSVP here.

Community / opportunity / VOLUNTEER

KOHO Launch Party

Join us for our Koho Launch Party! An intimate community experience calling all Nikkei creatives throughout the Bay Area to participate. Support thriving small businesses, art activities for the public, and share ideas on what you’d like to see Koho do.

We’re kicking off our brand new arts collective with an exclusive party on the evening of Thursday June 23rd, 2022 from 5-10PM in San Francisco’s Japantown. This night is for you! We are celebrating the diverse spectrum of Japanese American (as well as our API allies) artists, businesses, performers, dancers, DJs, and creative talent in the Bay Area.

KOHO is Japantown’s new artist & culture collective as part of Japantown’s Cultural Heritage District. Sparked by the community’s need to bring together the next generation of Japanese American creatives, activists, artists, and movement builders, Koho strives to continue the long standing traditions of Japantown but design experiences for the next generation.

Community / opportunity / VOLUNTEER

Japantenna - Fukuoka Showcase

When: July 22 - 31, 2022,  Friday/Saturday/Sunday at 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: SF Japantown Center Mall

Come to learn and experience Fukuoka city, a ramen mecca, known for Hakata ramen, its vibrant "Yatai" street food, beautiful city built around the Hataka bay and much more.

Japantenna is a non-profit project created in early 2021 in San Francisco’s Japantown. It is a storefront that showcases the culture, food, and travel attractions of Japan’s 47 prefectures, one at a time. 

Japantenna is led by a volunteer steering group from the Japanese and Japanese American community in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

More information about Japantenna can be found here.

Community / opportunity / SOCIAL

48th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair

When: August 6-7 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: SF Japantown

Schedule will be posted on July 1st, 2022.

Last year the Nihonmachi Street Fair (NSF) came back after a one year absence due to COVID. Thousands came out to reconnect and enjoy the pop up performance events as well as the 47th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. The NSF Board and Committee are grateful for your continued support in ensuring that festivals like this remains active in our communities.

This year we’re adding more opportunities for you to come to Japantown, support our small businesses while enjoying the music and performances that has always made the Nihonmachi Street Fair THE GO TO EVENT of the SUMMER. Mark your calendars, save the dates! We’ll see you in the heart of Jtown this summer!

More information can be found here.

Community Calendars

For community events from the San Francisco Japanese American Citizen's League (SFJACL), check out their calendar here.
For community events from the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), check out their calendar here.
For community events from the Japantown Cultural District, check out their calendar here.

Last Month's Events

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Colma Japanese Cemetery cleanup event!  
And thank you to everyone who joined our Nakayoshi officers at our biannual retreat!
2022 Nakayoshi