The Monthly Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

We're starting the Autumn season with a mix of online and in-person community events!
We're volunteering at the 17th Annual Sake Day this Saturday, October 1st. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

In anticipation of the 2022 general election on November 8, we're hosting an online event on October 13 for people to come together and share what we know about the candidates and propositions on the November ballot. Check out the details below!

Chill out with us on our weekly anime nights! Check out our Discord server for this and other fun online activities.

You can get announcements through our Line account, too!


Nakayoshi Events

SOCIAL / Official / SATURDAY, october 1 AT 1:00 PM 

Volunteer - Sake Day 2022

When: October 1, 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Signups are now closed. If you're volunteering with Nakayoshi, you will receive a follow-up email to coordinate a meeting place. Thank you for joining us!

Sake Day is an annual event organized by True Sake shop in Hayes Valley showcasing over 150 varieties of sake, including exclusive offerings directly from visiting sake breweries from Japan. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California in San Francisco Japantown.

All volunteers will be provided with periodic breaks and break area with snacks and refreshments. Volunteers are also welcome to sample some sake during breaks at the event (please act responsibly!). Volunteers are also invited to our event afterparty where you will be served dinner and additional drinks with other event staff, vendors and volunteers following the completion of event breakdown.


What's on Your Ballot?

When: October 13 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Online via Google Meet

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/frE9fLPB4YCd9qyT6

The 2022 general election is Tuesday, November 8. Do you know what's on the ballot?

We know that local elections can be overwhelming, so Nakayoshi is hosting an online event for people to come together and share what we know about the candidates and propositions on the November ballot. We'll cover statewide offices and propositions first, followed by San Francisco offices and propositions.

Please sign up here and we'll send you a Google Meet link before the event.

Please reach out to us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com if you have any questions.
Facebook Event

SOCIAL / Official / ThursdayS at 8:00 PM / recurring event

Weekly Anime Nights

When: Thursdays* from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Online via Nakayoshi Discord

Join us for our weekly anime night on the Nakayoshi official Discord server!

We are currently watching Barakamon - an easygoing slice of life about a stubborn professional calligrapher who gets a new outlook on life and his art from living in the rural Goto islands and becoming part of the community there.

Episode summaries will be made available on the server as we watch them, so no worries if you're joining late - we'll get you up to speed!

The event will be hosted using Discord. If you haven't joined the Nakayoshi Discord server yet, you can use this invite link.

You can contact us on the Discord server with any questions, or reach out to nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

*except October 13 because of our What's on Your Ballot 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.

No experience is necessary. Nakayoshi officers will provide training and mentorship for each role. All you need is a desire to help our local Japantown communities in the San Francisco Bay Area!

We especially need help with the following positions:

Digital Content and Marketing
Event Coordinators

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!


We'd like to hear from you!

If you have a minute please take our survey about how we can better serve you and what you're looking to get out of being part of Nakayoshi! Thank 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 their 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!


Check out Nakayoshi's Discord Server!

Come and find us on Discord! Check out the QR Code to get connected to our server.

Get Connected!


Check out Nakayoshi's Line Account!

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

Get Connected!

Community Spotlight


Japantenna: Craft Valley

When: October 1-2 and October 7-9
Where: Japan Center Mall - 2nd Floor (by the Kinokuniya book store), 1581 Webster St, San Francisco, CA

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.

This time we will feature Craft Valley, an alliance of 5 cities in and around the Hokuriku region. Learn about this beautiful part of Japan and help visitors discover its unique regional culture.

If you're interested in voluntering, please sign up for a shift here.

We appreciate every volunteer that helps to make Japantenna a reality. We could not do this without you!

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

Nakayoshi members volunteered at the Center's Tabemasho fundraiser and gathered at Ocean Beach for a bonfire hangout!
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