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Hi Everyone,
It's been a long wait, but we hope you're excited as we are for the 55th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival!

The festival needs volunteers to help out on April 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. CBF is 100% driven by the community every year, so your help will be greatly appreciated! We'll be around to lend a hand as well.

If you are interested, please sign up here: https://nccbf2022.eventbrite.com


Nakayoshi Events

SOCIAL / Official / SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022 at 12:30 PM

Hangout at the 55th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

When: Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 12:30 PM
Where: Osaka Way @ Sutter and Buchanan, San Francisco Japantown

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/mh5qD6zCtDUf1AS87
We are excited to finally attend the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival IN-PERSON this year! Join Nakayoshi at the festival on Sunday, April 10th to explore food booths, arts & craft fair, cultural performances and more together! Please meet at Osaka Way on Sutter and Buchanan Street at 12:30pm (approx. location: goo.gl/maps/AYU9s3WVJJNdr54G8). We will send you a reminder email the day before as well.

Also, if folks are interested in volunteering at the festival before or after the meetup, then please sign up here: https://nccbf2022.eventbrite.com.

It's a great opportunity to meet and assist the NCCBF Logistics team and get involved in the Japantown community.

Should you have any questions, please email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.
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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!


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

Volunteer at the 55th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 9-10 and 16-17, 2022
Where: SF Japantown

The festival is looking for any volunteers to help out on April 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. This is 100% volunteer-run and is made possible by people like you!

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, now celebrating its 55th year, is one of California's most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 09-10 and April 16-17, 2022. It will be held on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. There will be food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more.

To make this year a success, we need your help!

Sign up here: https://nccbf2022.eventbrite.com


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

Community / opportunity / VOLUNTEER

JCBD J-Town Community Clean-Up

When: Saturday April 2nd, 2022 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: SF Japantown Peace Plaza

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/ZEiukTektW6yogX29

Please join us Saturday, April 2nd as we come together as a community and show our love for Japantown by rolling up our sleeves for the J-town Community Clean-Up!

Our hope is to continue these monthly clean-ups that will be led by and bring different Japantown community organizations together. This is a great opportunity to interact with our small businesses, community ambassadors, and the many residents that call J-town their home.

Community / opportunity / INTERNSHIP

Nikkei Community Internship

Program Dates: June 13th – August 5th
Online Application for All Regions: https://tinyurl.com/nci2022
Application Due: Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

The Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) Program is a statewide initiative, which allows college students to support the work of community organizations while increasing their understanding of contemporary issues affecting Japanese Americans. Coordinated by JCYC in Northern California, the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose and Kizuna in Southern California, the program supports the development of the next generation of community leaders.

The program consists of an eight-week summer internship where interns are placed at organizations such as the Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California, National Japanese American Historical Society, Go For Broke National Education Center and the Little Tokyo Service Center. One day of each week is reserved for the interns to visit Japanese American organizations to meet with community leaders and expand their knowledge of emerging issues and existing services and resources.

Community / opportunity / VOLUNTEER

Nikkei Treasures Parking Lot Sale and Booth at Nikkei Matsuri

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/SAswLyad3N2hgKfBA

The Japanese American Museum in San Jose (JAMsj) is in need of volunteers for the Nikkei Treasures Parking Lot Sale and their booth at Nikkei Matsuri.

The Nikkei Treasures Parking Lot Sale is a big fundraiser for JAMsj and helps to keep our doors open.  It is a good opportunity to see old friends as well as meeting other JAMsj Volunteers.

The JAMsj Booth at Nikkei Matsuri is an informational booth at the festival where we can talk to visitors about the museum, direct the visitors to the Museum and Parking Lot Sale.  In addition, Judge Johnny Gogo has allowed us to display the 48 Star Flag signed by Interment Camp incarcerees that he will be donating to the Museum.

Community / opportunity / FUNDRAISER

BCO Hanamatsuri Steak Bento Sale

The Buddhist Church of Oakland (BCO) is hosting a bento fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds from the bento sales will benefit the Oakland Nippongo Gakuen Japanese Language School.

We ask for your support in helping the Gakuen address the financial impacts that COVID has created. The Board of the Gakuen is dedicated to ensuring that our Japanese language program is sustainable and will continue as an integral part of the programs offered at the Buddhist Church of Oakland. We have a long legacy and we are committed to carrying that legacy forward into the future.

Click here to place an order. You can also donate via PayPal.

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

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