Udon & Somen Noodle Booth at Nihonmachi Street Festival 2014

It’s that time of year again Yep the Nihonmachi Street Festival is the first weekend of August (2nd and 3rd). Nakayoshi has been running a food booth for several years now. Once again we will be serving hot udon & cold somen. However this year you may also purchase a scoop of curry (my favorite!) to go with your noodles.

This is our largest fundraiser for the year and need all the assistance we can get for another successful run. We will need assistance in preparing and selling udon & somen for both days. Sure it’s lots of work, but we always have a fun time working together and raising money for the organization.

We have two volunteer shifts: 8am-2pm and 12pm-7pm both days. Please note you don’t have to stay for a whole shift as we’re happy with any help you might be able to provide.

As in past years we are having a volunteer orientation to go over food preparation and training. It will be held at Haruka’s house on Friday, July 25 at 7:30pm. It’s optional but highly recommended to familiarize yourselves with our udon & somen and also our preparation steps.

Sign-ups for the volunteer orientation and booth shifts are on our Google spreadsheet here: http://goo.gl/0Vymth  Please remember to bring hats/hairnets and aprons to your shift.

Email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]gmail.com with any questions.

Hope to see you all at our booth at the festival. Some pictures from last year!




Great East Japan Earthquake, 2 years later

Today is the 2-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. During this time many fundraising events have been organized from bake sales at local schools to corporate matching programs.  Everytime I walk the halls of the JCCCNC, I’m reminded of how successful their relief fund has been and how much awareness they’ve brought to the tragedy.  Yet there’s still so much to be done.

I was reminded by last week’s SF Chronicle article that little has changed in some areas. Urban areas like Sendai have for the most part recovered. The scene varies in more rural areas like Rikuzentakata and despite its visibility in the media, Fukushima is also a place where things still aren’t much improved.  For every story about the problems at the Fukushima nuclear power plants there are hundreds of communities and people still struggling.

I’ve been fortunate that friends and family in Sendai are safe. We actually had a trip planned for May 2011.  My mother’s hometown of Shiogama had an entirely different feel than all the other times that we’ve visited. The local park where kids used to play was filled with debris, presumably to be sorted, picked up, and hauled away at a later date. We walked by a small shop that my mother had bought from a year ago only to find out that their entire inventory of beverages and snacks were immersed in several feet of water after the tsunami flowed through. Some of the items were sellable but at a fraction of their original price. Our purchases may have helped the shop stay open for another day. But this one purchase isn’t nearly enough for the shopkeeper to rebuild his store and start anew.

My point is that help or support shouldn’t be a one-time event but rather a process. Many times we hear of an issue and help out only to lose track and not follow up. While hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised worldwide for recovery efforts in Japan not everything is whole again. It’s important for us to keep in mind that the recovery efforts are ongoing and that those impacted in Japan still need our help.

The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the original author and do not necessarily represent those of Nakayoshi Young Professionals, the JACL NCWNP District, or any other contributors to this blog.

Join Nakayoshi at the Warriors Asian Heritage Night

Join Nakayoshi at the Warriors Asian Heritage Night on February, 12, 2013. A commemorative Warriors Giveaway is included with every special event ticket, and after the game, attend a special postgame Q&A with Jeremy Lin! A portion of each ticket sold will benefit our community partner – AsianWeek Foundation’s hepatitis B awareness efforts!

We’ve purchased a block of tickets for Nakayoshi members to sit together this game. Email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com to reserve your ticket now. Act quick as we only have a limited number of tickets available. Each ticket is $26 and located in the Corner section. You must email us and confirm with us to receive one of your ticket.

Once the Nakayoshi group tickets run out you may purchase tickets directly with the Warriors at www.warriors.com/asianheritage – keep in mind that a portion of each ticket for this event will benefit the AsianWeek Foundation whether you buy one of our tickets or separately.

Let’s go Warriors!

Dodging for Dollars with JCCCNC

Thanks for everyone who participated in the JCCCNC Dodging for Dollars Tournament. Although we didn’t win the grand prize we all had fun and met other community groups in the process. We’d also like to thank everyone who came out to support the players. Special thanks to Sarah for taking all these photos! Looking forward to more of these events in the future!

Giants Japanese Heritage Night with Nakayoshi, Friday May 4, 2012

Join Nakayoshi at the SF Giant’s Japanese Heritage Night! Back by popular demand, the Giants have decided on Friday May 4, 2012 for the J-Heritage Night. We’ve secured group seats in Section 136 (bleachers) for Nakayoshi members and friends. With one of our tickets, you also get admission to the pre-game festival in Seals Plaza, located behind Center Field, which opens at 5pm. The festival ends around 7pm when the game starts up. There will be Japanese cultural performers both at the festival and on the field pre-game.

When: Friday, May 4, 2012
Time: Pre-game festival at 5pm, Game at 7:15pm
Where: ATT Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA

For you Giants memorabilia collectors, this game is also Orange Friday Texting Gloves giveaway night (given to the first 20,000 fans to enter ATT Park). Don’t worry, you can enter the ballpark early for the giveaway then still join the pre-game festival by receiving a re-entry stamp at the gates.

Tickets are $36 a piece. Partial ticket proceeds will benefit local Japanese charities, including Nakayoshi. Not all tickets for this game include admission to the Japanese Heritage Night pre-game festival and those that do are selling quickly. Nakayoshi has a limited supply available so contact us today to reserve a spot!

Email us at: nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com

We are working on setting up a meeting time and spot so Nakayoshi members and friends can find each other easily.

Hope to see you all out there!

Summer Kickball League! Join Nakayoshi’s team!

We’ve heard your requests and have decided to form our first sports team! Nakayoshi will be forming a team for the upcoming World Adult Kickball Association (WAKA) Golden Gate division summer league which starts in June. Games are played once a week (total of 7 regular season games) to be played at LIttle Rec Soccer Fields in Golden Gate Park. A single elimination playoff tournament for will follow the regular season. Winner of the league may be eligible for the World Kickball Championships in Las Vegas!

Fee: $75/player (paid thru WAKA site)
Dates: Thursdays, June 7 – July 26
Times: 6:45pm – 8:45pm?
Location: LIttle Rec Soccer Fields, Golden Gate Park (just north of Kezar Stadium)

While we will do our best to form a Nakayoshi team, it depends on the number of people we can get to sign up. We will need at least 15 players to form our own team. If that doesn’t work out, the system will automatically shift around players to even out the other teams in the league. Don’t you fret, as long as you join our “group” we will still be on the same team, whether with other friendly participants or not.

These are co-ed teams and no prior experience is necessary. While the invite is going out to all those in Nakayoshi, our team will be open to friends, family, and everyone else. You will NOT be required to attend every game, but the team would need a minimum number of players in order to participate that week.

Register here http://www.kickball.com/season/cagoldengatesummer2012

Registration FAQ

Kickball game rules

During the registration process, you will be asked to join a team. Join “Team Nakayoshi” to ensure we all play on the same team. This is our first attempt to form a kickball team, so email us with any questions you may have. Let’s play kickball!

Email us with any questions: nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com

April Social Event – Sat 4/25/09 – Hiking at PurismaCreek

Hey guys! Hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather. Come out and join Nakayoshi on Saturday 4/25/09 for our monthly Social event in Half Moon Bay. Here’s the meeting location per Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=higgins+canyon+road+at+main+st+half+moon+bay+ca&sll=37.464384,-122.437563&sspn=0.009078,0.019226&ie=UTF8&ll=37.451456,-122.429388&spn=0.009079,0.019226&z=16&iwloc=addr

If you need a ride or have room in your car, please email me so I can coordinate carpools. FYI the location is about an hour from SF, Oakland, and San Jose. Due to lack of cell phone coverage in the hills, we’ll initially meet at the corner of Main St & Higgins Canyon Rd, just off of Hwy 1 – at 9:45am. Then drive up together to the trailhead (about 10 minutes up Higgins Caynon Rd).

*Please call me if you are running late or have to cancel last minute*

We’ll start the hike around 10am and should last about 3-3.5 hours. Bring your own lunch and snacks and so can all eat somewhere near the top while we take a rest. This page has detailed info on the hike: http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/purisimahiggins.html (the trails are clearly marked)

Although the event officially ends after the hike, we can hit up the beach afterwards to relax before heading back to our respective locations. Here’s the site for the beach: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531This is optional, but the easiest way to get to the beach is to head back up North on Hwy 1 and take a left at Kelly Ave follow that all the way to the parking lot.

Items to bring:
-Lots of water (~1.5-2 liters)
-Lunch, snacks to eat at the top
-Sunblock (trail is mostly shaded, but some exposed areas)

It should be fairly warm on the trail so you should be okay with a t-shirt, but conditions can change. You might want to wear layers if the weather’s less than ideal.

Please contact Atsushi if you have any questions or comments: nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com. Hope to see you all out there!

Tokyo Sonata / March ’08 Social Event

Hello all!

We’ll be attending the screening of “Tokyo Sonata” this Friday (the 13th) evening. Unfortunately, all tickets for the movie are sold out. BUT, we have our Social Event for March 2008 afterwards that’s open to all! Here’s the schedule for the night:

6:45pm – 8:45pm: “Tokyo Sonata” at Sundance Kabuki
8:45pm – 10:00pm: Mingle / Socialize
10:00pm – 11:00pm: ( Late) Dinner at Mum’s
11:15pm – 1:15am: Karaoke at DoReMi

If you are planning to attend Dinner and/or Karaoke, please send an RSVP to nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com so we know to expect you. Looking forward to seeing you all again and have a great rest of the week!

Spotlight #7 – Atsushi Miyamoto

Name: Atsushi Miyamoto
Age: 24
Profession: Auditor
Favorite Comfort Food: Curry!

I was born in Everett, Washington and moved through Torrance, CA and back to Washington before ending up in Laguna Hills, CA where I attended high school. Upon graduating, I attended UC Davis and earned double majors in International Relations and Japanese. This included a one-month study abroad program at Ryukoku University in Seta, Japan just outside of Kyoto. It was my first time over there during the rainy season and I just couldn’t get used to the hot and humid climate! I visit Japan every few years as all my relatives are out there. I speak relatively fluent Japanese, but find it hard to keep up with vocabulary and oftentimes will substitute English into my sentences when I talk to Mom. But reading the Japanese newspaper or listening to the news? Forget about it!

I can’t say I was ever actively involved in the Japanese-American community. I was technically a “paid member” of the Japanese American Student Society at UCD for a few years, but didn’t participate too much in its activities and events. That was my only exposure to this group and when I think back, I regret not taking advantage of the opportunities available (like most things in hindsight). Through Nakayoshi, I’d like to 1) Volunteer and otherwise help out and become involved in the community; 2) Learn about Japanese-American history and issues; 3) Meet others with the same interests as above. I find it hard to completely relate to Japanese American or Japanese culture as a whole; I’m somewhere in the middle. Culturally, I grew up Japanese in regards to food, language, and customs. As time went on, I became more accustomed to “American” values. Not until I went to Davis did I start meeting other Japanese people and start to practing speaking again as I took up Japanese courses. At this point, I’m trying to embrace both and I think this organization would be a great opportunity to learn do so. I’ve already had great experiences in the few events I’ve attended through Nakayoshi and met some great people!

My interests include running, hiking, camping, and generally being out doors. I love watching football, basketball, and most other sports. I attended some Rams and Raiders games while they were in LA, but now that they’ve moved on, LA doesn’t have a football team! I grew up watching the Lakers with Chick Hearn’s commentaries so I’m partial to them (sorry Warriors!). I’m also an avid Netflix user and am like a kid in a candy store when I get those red envelopes in the mail. I also enjoy stand-up comics (Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, etc). Those that know me well will say that I eat like there is no tomorrow. As they say, you only live once, so you get one chance to eat all that you can. I love trying out new restaurants and cuisines, especially where the choices are aplenty here in the Bay Area. Lately, I’ve been trying out new cooking recipes, and am currently looking for the perfect hot wings recipe (for the Superbowl)! Any tips?