Monthly Update – June 2009

We apologize for the delay in bringing you this month’s update. We know you’ve all been waiting patiently for info on our upcoming events! We’re already underway with our June events, having just celebrated our 1st full year of holding social and volunteer events at our annual picnic at the beginning of the month! Don’t worry if you missed out or haven’t made it out yet to a Nakayoshi event; we still managed to cram our calendar for the rest of the month with more opportunities to hang out, network, and get involved with the community!

At this point we’d like to say THANK YOU!!! to all of you who have come out to our events and supported us so far. Nakayoshi also appreciates the continued support of other Bay Area JA and API community organizations that have helped us along the way. We’ve come a long way in our first year, and look forward to another year of continued growth and successful events.

Finally, before we get into event announcements, Nakayoshi would like to direct some of your attention to recent developments in the future of San Francisco’s Japantown. A draft of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan was recently completed and is up for endorsement by the San Francisco Planning Commission on June 25th, 2009. This plan proposes many changes that will have a significant effect on the future of Japantown, including tearing down the Japan Center Mall and building market-rate condominiums in the neighborhood. Many members of the community are concerned that implementation of the current draft of the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan would permanently displace many of the small businesses and replace many of the buildings that make Japantown what it is today. Nakayoshi strongly encourages everyone to educate themselves on the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan and the approval process, but more importantly, we encourage you to raise your voice and be heard if you are concerned about the future of our community. More information on the JBNP is available at the SF city government website at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/planning_index.asp?id=57149

Feel free to leave any comments on our blog, Facebook group page, or e-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com regarding this issue or any other concerns or suggestions you may have for us. Ok, on to the rest of the update!

In this update:
6/18/09 – MATCHA: Sake and Tea Tasting at SF Asian Art Museum
6/19/09 – Wine Tasting with Asian American Community Groups
6/20/09 – SF Mission District Cra
wl/Matt’s Birthday!
6/27/09 – Volunteering at SF JACL Youth Fishing Derby

6/28/09 – Volunteering at Classical Japanese Music Program

Save These Dates ā€“ More information to come in Nakayoshiā€™s July Monthly Update!
7/19/09 – Volunteering at Mountain View Obon
8/9/09 – Nakayoshi Sushi-making Class
8/22/09 ā€“ Tahoe Camping Trip
8/30/09 – Quarterly Planning Meeting

Thursday, June 18: SF Asian Art Museum MATCHA Sake and Tea Tasting

Join Nakayoshi for a trip to the SF Asian Art Museum for their “Matcha” event series. This Thursday’s event features tea and sake, in tandem with its current exhibit Lords of the Samurai:

“Quench your summer thirst with all things sake and tea. Savor a sake tasting and multi-media presentation by Kirsten Shilakes, art history lecturer with an expertise in the visual history of the culinary arts. Sip, learn, and chat with Miwa Wang, sake sommelier and manager of True Sake, about the nuanced tastes and bouquets of sake. Stroll the galleries, see Lords of the Samurai, discover a Japanese tea ceremony showcasing matcha, a powdered green tea and namesake of our program.

Observe its meticulous preparation and whisk your own. Dip into a talk on tea ceremony and warrior culture, join a docent conversation, or relax with a sake-tini, friends, and DJ-spun music.

For more information: http://www.asianart.org/matcha.htm

Nakayoshi will meet in front of the museum at 6:30pm; cost is $10 per person, paid at the door.

What: SF Asian Art Museum MATCHA Event Series Sake and Tea tasting
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009
Location: SF Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Time: 6:30 pm
Price: $10/person

Friday, June 19: Wine Tasting with the Asian American Community

For you discerning oenophiles in Nakayoshi and everyone else looking for a networking event to mingle with other great folks involved with the API community, Nakayoshi will be at the Wine Tasting with the Asian American Community event this Friday in San Francisco.

This event will have over 50+ wines to sample from over 14 different wineries. Meet and mingle with 15+ Asian Communtiy Organizations to explore both networking and volunteering opportunitites.

The cost of the event is $25 (drop-in if available)
Payment accepted through PayPal or directly to organizer, with no service charge. To purchase tickets and more information on participating wineries and API community organizations, go to www.june19winetasting.eventbrite.com

Over 400 people attended this event last year! So come join Nakayoshi as we wine and dine!

What: Wine Tasting with the Asian American Community
Date: Friday, June 19, 2009
Location: Green Room (2nd floor) of the War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Price: $25/person

Saturday, June 20: SF Mission District Crawl

Join your Nakayoshi friends in the Mission this Saturday for another social mixer, and also to celebrate Nakayoshi member Matt Mori’s birthday! Don’t know Matt? Don’t like Matt? Don’t fret! All are welcome to come and just cruise with the Nakayoshi crew.

We will meet at 10:00 pm at the Monk’s Kettle on 16th and Albion- just blocks from the 16th Street Bart station.

Nakayoshi would like to request you use public transportation or a designated driver to attend this event.

What: SF Mission District Crawl
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Starting Location: Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Time: 10:00pm – 2:00am

Saturday, June 27: Volunteer at SF JACL chapter Youth Fishing Derby

Into fishing? Do you like helping kids out? Join Nakayoshi as we assist the SF JACL and Nisei Fishing Club put on their annual Youth Fishing Derby at the San Pablo Dam Reservoir in the East Bay! Volunteers will be needed to help set up the potluck picnic site and help parent chaperones oversee fishing activities for youth ages 8-12.

Volunteering begins at 8am, cleanup is at 2:30pm. Let us know if you can volunteer for all or part of the event! Driving directions to San Pablo Dam Reservoir can be found online at: http://www.ebmud.com/services/recreation/east_bay/san_pablo/

RSVP to volunteer by June 20, 2009 by e-mailing nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

What: SF JACL/Nisei Fishing Club annual Youth Fishing Derby
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Starting Location: San Pablo Dam Reservoir, East of Berkeley/El Cerrito
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, June 28: Volunteer at Classical Japanese Music Program

We are looking for up to 4 volunteers to assist at the 11th annual Japanese Classical Music Peformance fundraiser for the Si Ko Kai Christ Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Volunteers are needed to assist in setup and breakdown and are invited to enjoy the classical Japanese music performance. Let us know if you can help out!

What: SF JACL/Nisei Fishing Club annual Youth Fishing Derby
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009
Starting Location: Pine United Methodist Church, 426 33rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Early Call for Volunteers – July 19, Mountain View Obon

For those of you in the Peninsula or South Bay, or for those willing to make the trip out there, Nakayoshi’s July volunteer event will be on Sunday, July 19 at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s Obon. Mountain View has one of the Bay Area’s biggest and best obons, so you know you’re going to be there anyway! Volunteers will be needed from 4-6pm. E-mail us at
nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com by Tuesday, June 23 to sign to sign up to volunteer!

More information on the Mountain View Buddhist Temple is available at: http://mvbuddhisttemple.org

That’s it for now! Hope you can make it out!

All Nakayoshi events are free and open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to forward this message along to your friends or anyone interested. Not on the Nakayoshi e-mail list? Click here to subscribe. Have questions? Want to sign up or RSVP for an event? E-mail Nakayoshi at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com. For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog and website and http://www.nakayoshi.org, or find our group page on Facebook! Nakayoshi is a program sponsored by the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District of the Japanese American Citizens League.

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