Japantown 125th Anniversary Concerts

Celebrate 125 years of San Jose Japantown at two concerts:

Chidori Band, San Jose Taiko, Shirley Muramoto, & Odori
Sat, 2015-08-15, 7:00–9:30pm
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Wesley Jazz Ensemble, Wesley Ukulele Band, & Halau Na Wai Ola
Sat, 2015-09-12, 7:00–9:30pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95123

$15 individual ($20 at the door; $25 for both concerts)
$10 age 65+
$0 for ages 0–12
Purchase tickets at local Japantown retailers Headliners, Kogura Company, Biscuits, and the Sunday Farmer’s Market.

Japantown 125th poster is available.

Japantown Prepared! Spring First Aid/CPR Class

The Japantown Community Congress and Wesley United Methodist Church are offering an ASHI First Aid/CPR class on

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015,
  • from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • at 566 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112.

The adult class costs $55. The adult + child/infant class costs $65.

Register by March 21 at the church.  Complete 1staidCPR Reg 3.28.15.

For more information, contact Rich Saito.


JCCSJ welcomes 2014 NCI intern, Michael Handa

imageOn June 16th, 2014, the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose welcomed Michael Handa, this summer’s Nikkei Community Intern. Michael will be joining the San Jose Japantown Community for eight weeks. He will work with local nonprofits, businesses, and community members to learn about the rich history and cultural significance of Japantown.

Michael has been active in San Jose Japantown through the San Jose Buddhist Church.  He will be going into his third year at UC Berkeley as a Public Health major in the fall.

Michael will be based out of the Issei Memorial Building in the Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS).

For more information, please email: nciinsj@gmail.com


Apply for the 2014 NCI Program

Apply for the 2014 NCI Program

The application deadline for the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) is right around the corner: March 14!

The San Jose NCI experience is unique compared to the other two regions. Unlike the programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the San Jose interns rotate to different organizations based on the following weekly themes: health and human services; education; business and economic development; arts, culture, and spirituality; history; government and advocacy; and media and communications. The program gives the San Jose interns an overview of the community and allows them to meet a variety of people at various organizations.

Don’t miss out on this great summer opportunity!

Applications available here: http://nikkeicommunityinternship.com/

Japantown Prepared! Spring First Aid/CPR Class

The Japantown Community Congress and the Buddhist Church are offering an ASHI First Aid/CPR class on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8 am to 1 pm at 639 N. 6th St. The adult class is $55. The child/infant class is an extension of the adult class and costs $65. Registration forms can be obtained at the Akiyama Wellness Center, 110 E. Jackson St. San Jose.


Nikkei Community Internship 2012




This summer, these two young women are spending their work time finding out what Japantown San Jose is all about; the people and organizations who contribute to the ethos, the atmosphere and the general district.

They are writing blogs to document their journey before returning to their respective colleges and studies. What JCCsj is hoping is that the experience makes them return to Japantown San Jose in some capacity throughout their lives to keep the history, legacy, neighborhood, organizations, activities and businesses vibrant.

We’ll post links to their blogs when they are ready for ‘Prime Time!
Meanwhile, they have been meeting so many people and doing so many interviews, that their heads are spinning. A highlight for San Jose was the mid-term retreat which was spent by all 18 of the CA State NCI group to coincide with San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Obon Matsuri. On Saturday night, there were 1,451 dancers and the largest Obon Festival in the USA. It remains a community event and everyone at the Betsuin hopes the NCI group enjoyed the experience!


More – to come…