Nakayoshi @ SF Giant’s Japanese American Heritage Night – Buy your tickets NOW!

Nakayoshi is helping the SF Giants for the 2nd time in the row with their 1st of JA Heritage Nights in 2010. Make sure you tell them you’re with Nakayoshi when you purchase your tickets! Giants vs. Houston Astros!

*NOTE* Seating may not all be in same section

Japanese culture has always resonated strongly with both the city of San Francisco and the sport of baseball, so what better way to celebrate than at a Giants game?

The Japanese Heritage Night sake tasting festival returns for year two, with a brand new piece for your Giants’ sake set collection: a Giants-themed individual sake glass and masu. This special-edition item is included in the price of your ticket, along with entrance to the pre-game festival with complimentary tastes, and a seat in the special Japanese Heritage section at the game.

Cultural performers will entertain fans at the festival and on the field pre-game, and ticket proceeds will benefit local Japanese charities. The sake-tasting festival ends when the game starts, so get there early!

$20.00 Tickets are located in upper deck between 1st and 3rd base
$25.00 Tickets are located in lower box corner in Section 131-135

Please contact if you are interested in purchasing tickets or call 415.972.2254. Say you’re with Nakayoshi!!

To contact Giants for ticetking questions please call 415-972-2298 or send an email to

Hope to see you all there! Get your tickets early, Sake glass and masu will sell out quickly! Last year we completely sold out!

Photo taken in 2009 – Nakayoshi @ SF Giants Japanese Heritage Night

Press Release: Hyphen’s Food for Thought

The nation’s premier Asian American magazine launches first food section in “Inside/Out Issue”

SAN FRANCISCO (April 15th, 2010) — Hyphen celebrates its first issue of 2010 by debuting a new section dedicated to inspiring and educating readers on all aspects of food. The recent “Inside/Out Issue,” released on newsstands April 15, follows one woman’s boundless dedication to creating better conditions for restaurant workers, breaks down the science behind the wok and updates a traditional jung recipe with an African American spin.

“Food is a celebration of heritage, but it’s also much more than that,” says Food Editor Nina Kahori Fallenbaum. “Hyphen reveals what’s happening behind the scenes, serving up stories from who’s growing, preparing and distributing the food.”

Fallenbaum, who holds a master’s degree in Food Policy, will utilize her passion for discovery to investigate the political and social issues connected to food and its unique relationship with Asian Americans. She didn’t become Hyphen’s first food editor by chance—Fallenbaum, a Japanese American San Francisco Bay Area native, lived in Japan for four years, where she worked for a millet entrepreneur and researched the environmental effects of the modern food industry. She’s contributed to Civil Eats, Nikkei Heritage, and Nichi Bei Times, and is a former editor for the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Sloth Club Japan (a green business publisher).

“We’ve found that our Asian American audience is craving more powerful stories to digest,” says Publisher Lisa Lee. “Now, in our 20th issue, we’re proving that Hyphen is evolving with its readers to reflect how Asian American interests are shaping politics and popular culture.”

Hyphen readers have always been interested in food, but as Editor in Chief Harry Mok noted in a recent blog post, “The perceived exoticness of Asian food and the explosion of fusion cuisine (mean that) many of the stereotypes about Asian Americans come from food. Our founding editor proclaimed Hyphen would never cover food in a way that doesn’t uphold Hyphen’s ideals.” Indeed, Hyphen’s inaugural food section shows that the world of Asian American food is diverse and opinionated. Contributors include scientists Fumei Lam and Jamie Bresson, analyzing the science behind the everyday wok, and restaurant worker organizer Bonnie Kwon explaining why she sees eating out as a political act. The illustrated jung recipe is an African-Asian creative mashup by cookbook author Bryant Terry and artist Jidan Koon.

The stories come from the heart, delving into deep issues that circulate within the agriculture and restaurant industries, which impacts all Americans. Hyphen’s take on food satisfies the curious reader, while continuing to spark interest and transform common perceptions, more often misperceptions, of the culinary aspects of Asian American cultures.

About Hyphen
Hyphen is a fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is an Asian American publication that’s distributed nationally and internationally. Based in San Francisco, Hyphen was created as a response to a void of media for young Asian Americans. Covering arts, culture and politics in a fresh and irreverent voice, Hyphen is a media must for savvy Asian Americans. With award-winning design and content, Hyphen is recognized nationwide as an authority on contemporary Asian American identity. Since its inception, Hyphen has been touted in print, online and on camera. Hyphen has been featured or quoted in media outlets such as Yahoo, ESPN, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, Utne, Flavorpill, Gothamist and

Volunteers Needed! Nakayoshi @ 2010 Kodomo No Hi Festival

Nakayoshi is volunteering for its 2nd year at the JCCCNC’s Kristi Yamaguchi’s Kodomo No Hi Children’s Festival. We’re at it again and making delicious spam musubi all day long to help fundraise for both Nakayoshi and JCCCNC’s youth programs.

We’re looking for volunteers to help make, package and sell spam musubi at this year’s festival. So please sign up for any of the folloing shifts starting at 9am. If you’re interested in helping us make this year’s Children’s Festival a hit, please contact us at to sign up and volunteer with us!

Volunteer Shifts
9:00am-12:00pm Shift – Prepping and making rice, making spam musubi
12:00pm – 3:00pm Shift – Making spam musubi and musubi sellers
3:00 – 4:30pm shift – Making spam musubi & musubi sellers & Clean

It’s a great way to connect with your community, see a bunch of adorable kids come out with their families, and have some fun with Nakayoshi members as you make delicious spam musubi!

Look forward to see you there!

Press Release – Nihonmachi Little Friends Celebrates 35th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF), a bilingual and multicultural childcare organization in San Francisco’s Japantown, recently held a “Spring Social” for its supporters to kick off the agency’s 35th anniversary celebration. The event was a part of the year-long celebration and took place at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco’s Fillmore District.

NLF recently announced that it met its capital campaign goal of $2.2 million to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building. “NLF is ecstatic to celebrate these important milestones with friends and supporters of our community,” said Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director of NLF. Formally known as the Japanese YWCA, the building was entrusted to NLF as part of the settlement of a community-supported lawsuit to save the building.

NLF is now embarking on a $300,000 Building Preservation Fund to ensure the continued upkeep of the Sutter Street facility for use by future generations, and to honor the legacy of the Issei women who built it. “With the help of our community friends and supporters, we are confident that we can accomplish this goal,” said Inamasu.

During the reception, NLF’s Board Chair, Adrienne Shiozaki Woo, raised a toast in honor of Hatsuro “Hats” Aizawa and his wife Amey, who recently announced that one-third of a newly formed Aizawa Family Trust will go towards NLF. The evening ended with an electrifying performance by Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele, with a repertoire that incorporated elements of jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock.

Upcoming events to celebrate NLF’s 35th anniversary will include an unveiling/dedication ceremony of the Tateuchi Auditorium to be held in November. The event will feature an original performance by Brenda Wong Aoki, who is acclaimed as one of America’s foremost solo performing artists. Plans are also underway for a Family Day in December, which will include mochi-pounding, singing by NLF children, and a performance by Eth-Noh-Tec, featuring award-winning storytellers Robert Kikuchi and Nancy Wong.

For more information about NLF or to contribute to the Building Preservation Fund, visit NLF’s website at or call (415) 922-8898. ### Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a community-based, Japanese, bilingual and multicultural childcare organization committed to providing quality and affordable childcare services.

Cathy Inamasu, Executive Director
Nihonmachi Little Friends
(415) 922-8898

Nakayoshi Tea Tasting this Friday 4/23

Nakayoshi Tea Tasting!

When: Friday, April 23
Where: Samovar Tea Lounge at Yerba Buena Gardens (730 Howard Street)
Cost: $10 for tea tasting, plus additional for dinner
Time: 6pm

Tea is hot! Find out why at the Nakayoshi Tea Tasting this Friday, April 23. Nakayoshi member Tiffany P will be guiding you through a tour of tea’s amazing flavors, from oceanic Japanese Senchas, to floral Taiwanese Oolongs, to earthy Chinese Puerh teas.

Don’t know what any of those are? You will after you at attend this tea tasting and dinner event at the hip Samovar Tea Lounge in the San Francisco Yerba Buena Gardens.

Click here to RSVP for this event:!/event.php?eid=109415302425860&ref=ts

Check out the JACL Active Choice Campaign

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weather and March Madness season and is finding themselves well. On behalf of the Japanese American Citizen’s League and JACL Health Benefits, we would like to ask for your help in spreading the word about a JACL campaign that directly affects folks aged 18 to 29. While congress may have just passed the healthcare bill, it’s not entirely clear how everything is going to shape up. The Active Choice Campaign seeks to engage youth and young adults in the dialogue about health care and insurance, and introduce people to a new health insurance option for JACL members.

Nakayoshi NCWNP Professionals is affiliated with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), which is a membership-based organization. One of the benefits of membership that may be of particular interest to Nakayoshi members is access to quality, affordable health insurance. The JACL Health Benefits Trust offers many insurance options, and recently one option has been created to fit the needs of students and young professionals ages 18-29, and includes: prescription coverage, medical coverage, accidental death coverage, national coverage, worldwide coverage, and personalized service.

For JACL members, the Blue Shield Active Choice PPO is one of the most inexpensive individual health insurance options on the market, starting at $110 a month for Northern California residents.

To follow the campaign online, check out or search for “JACL Active Choice Campaign” and become a fan on facebook.
For more information about the Blue Shield Active Choice PPO, go to or call 1-800-400-6633.

Here are some of the realities associated with health insurance and young adults (provided by The Commonwealth Fund):
  • Between 2001 and 2003, one-third of college graduates had a time uninsured in the year following college graduation.
  • Two-thirds of uninsured young adults had cost-related access problems (including failure to see a doctor for a medical problem, fill a prescription, see a specialist when needed, or attend a medical test, treatment or follow up) in the past year, compared with one-third of those who were insured all year.
  • Half of young adults with any time uninsured had medical bill or debt problems, twice that of young adults who were insured all year. Of those who are uninsured, twenty-four percent had to change their way of life to pay medical bills.
Coupling medical debt problems with school-related debts can be devastating to personal finances. Unlike older adults who may have retirement or other investment monies to draw on, young adults who face medical debts do not have anything to draw on, forcing many to start their careers in debt – twice.

JACL Health Benefits and Blue Shield of California are offering the Active Choice Plan as a community service to the members of the JACL, so there are no brokers or fees collected by JACL Health Benefits. With this plan, the options of culturally-sensitive customer service in English, Japanese, and Chinese are available.

Please take a moment to become a fan of the campaign on facebook (search “JACL Active Choice Campaign“) or follow us on twitter (@jaclhealth) to stay informed and voice your opinions on the current healthcare situation.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Needed to Apply for California’s New Redistricting Commission – Deadline Feb 12th

The East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium (EBAVEC) is outreaching to the API community regarding the citizen’s commission that will be in charge of redistricting in 2011.

As of now, the “California redistricting commission may have no people of color” warned an op-ed by Pete Carrillo of Silicon Valley Advisors and Orson Aguilar of the Greenlining Institute published Jan. 16 in the San Jose Mercury News.

An Associated Press article on Jan. 26 highlighted the low numbers:·

So far, fewer than a quarter of the applications … are from minority candidates in a state where non-Hispanic whites make up less than half the population.

  • “Hispanics make up fewer than 9 percent of the applicants, although they count for almost 37 percent of the state’s population.”
  • “Barely over 4 percent of the applicants are Asians, who make up more than 12 percent of the state’s population …”
  • “The proportion of tentatively eligible black applicants, about 7 percent, is roughly on par with that group’s 6 percent share of the population …”

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Please spread the word and encourage your family and friends to also apply. Check out for more info

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Needed to Apply for California’s New Redistricting Commission – Deadline to Apply Is February 12, 2010

Every ten years, we draw new district maps for Congress, the California legislature, county boards of supervisors, and city councils. When we redraw the maps every ten years, we change the boundaries so that each district contains the same number of people. This process is called redistricting.

The next time redistricting will happen is in 2011, and because California voters passed Proposition 11 in 2008, there will be a major change in who draws the maps. Proposition 11 creates a new commission made up of citizens. In 2011, the commission will draw new maps for the state legislature and Board of Equalization. Before Proposition 11, the state legislature drew these maps.

Why does this matter? In past redistrictings, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been fragmented by district boundaries. For example, in the 2001 redistricting, the San Jose neighborhood of Berryessa was split among four State Assembly districts, even though over half of Berryessa’s population is AAPI.District boundaries that split AAPI communities like this weaken the political voice of AAPI communities. When AAPI communities are fragmented, they do not make up a significant portion of any one district. This diminishes their ability to get their elected representatives to address their needs.The commission will play an important role in determining whether AAPI communities are again fragmented unfairly in 2011, or instead kept whole. To make sure that the commission takes AAPI communities into account, we need the right people on the commission – individuals who are civic-minded, come from diverse backgrounds, and understand community needs.

Who will be on the commission?
The commission will have 14 members who are selected from people who apply to be on the commission.
The application process is open to the public. Anyone can apply as long as they meet the minimum requirements to be on the commission, such as being a registered voter and having voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections (November 2004, November 2006, and November 2008). There are also some rules that exclude some people from being eligible for commission if they have a so-called conflict of interest, as well as some restrictions on the future political activities of individuals once they are appointed to the commission.

What will the commission do? The commission will hold public meetings across California to listen to testimony from residents about their communities and neighborhoods. Based on data it gathers, the commission will draw new district maps for the State Assembly, State Senate, and the Board of Equalization (an elected state tax agency).The commissioners are paid $300 per day when doing commission business. The main period of activity for the commission will be from January 2011 to September 2011. The commissioners can expect to work between 10 to 40 hours per week.

The deadline to apply for the commission is February 12, 2010. You can find more information about the commission and the application process at

What can you do to help? You may be the right person for the commission – or you may know someone who is. The East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium (EBAVEC) can be a resource for you – they are working with a statewide network of AAPI organizations to help people learn more about the commission and how to apply.

Please check the website for eligibility:

Upcoming workshops include:

Date: Saturday February 6th, from 2:00-4:00pm
Location: East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)2025 East 12th StreetOakland, CA 94606
Please RSVP to Jennifer Pae at

To see a list of other workshops and learn more about the network, you can go to you have suggestions for people who might be good applicants for the commission, please contact EBAVEC or APALC at

Nakayoshi’s 2nd Annual Ski Trip – Sign up Today!

The information and details for Nakayoshi’s 2nd Annual Ski Trip is finally here!

If you’re interested, hurry and reserve your spot today, we’re capping this year’s trip to 30 people! The trip dates are Friday, February 26th – Sunday, February 28th.

Our cabin is located in North Lake Tahoe and we’ll be snowboarding/skiing again at Northstar.We’ll be staying in a beautiful 5 bedroom/3 bathroom cabin. We provide Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast. Ski lift tickets are included (if you are paying for Option A – see below) and does not include ski/snowboarding equipment rentals.

We’ll be arriving in Tahoe on Friday evening, spending most of the day in the snow on Saturday, activities will be organized for Saturday evening and we’ll be leaving Sunday afternoon at 12:00pm (unless you’d like to stay on your own to ski/snowboard).

It should be a fun trip this year! If interested in attending, please let us know if you’re available to be a driver and if you’re available to carpool other people. Parking spaces are limited at the cabin.

Cost: There are two separate packages available for this year’s trip. Option A for those who want to snowboard and ski, and Option B f those who want to hang out and have a great time bonding with Nakayoshi members.

Price includes the cabin for 2 nights, gas/carpool money group lift tickets, a Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast.

Option A- For those that want to snowboard and ski, cost includes lift ticket. TOTAL: $113.68

Option B- For those who don’t want to snowboard/ski, but want to hang out. TOTAL: $66.68

*Please note: Rental equipment will be on a per person basis. They are not included in these packages.

For those interested in attending this year’s ski trip, email to reserve your spot.

Jan. 31st – 1st Quarterly Planning Meeting

It’s Nakayoshi’s 1st quarterly planning meeting of the new year!
So if it’s not on your calendar yet, plug it in now!

Sunday, January 31st
SF Japantown
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Our Nakayoshi Core group is an amazing group of people who love to plan events and programs that benefit both the community and our general membership.

If you’re interested in planning events and programs, love volunteering and networking, and your new year’s resolution was to do something more fullfilling in life, then Nakayoshi may be the perfect fit for you!

We welcome all new members interested in checking us out to come to our public meetings.

For more information feel free to contact us or feel free to contact Nakayoshi Chair Megumi Kaminaga at (916) 801-2104.