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Nakayoshi September Volunteer Event: JCCCNC Tabemasho Annual Event

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Our September volunteer event will be at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s Tabemasho (Let’s Eat!) annual fundraiseron Saturday, September 19, 2015. Volunteers are needed from 2-8:30pm.

The JCCCNC is one of Nakayoshi’s biggest community supporters, and offers great cultural and recreational classes and activities throughout the year for the entire community, so let’s do our part in helping out! Past Nakayoshi volunteer assignments at the event have included serving food and bartending. The Tabemasho event is attended by over 400 guests and will need help in many different areas.

Sign up to volunteer by filling out the Google Form at: https://goo.gl/i66Aki

If you are unable to stay for the entire timeframe, please indicate what times you are available.

Unless specified by the JCCCNC’s volunteer coordinator, dress code will be a white collared shirt and black slacks.

Find out more about the event at: http://www.jcccnc.org/giving/events-drives/annual-event/

Have questions? E-mail JCCCNC Programs Director Matt Okada directly at mokada@jcccnc.org

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March Volunteer Event: SF Japantown Community Cleanup

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Join us for our March monthly volunteer event! With the Cherry Blossom Festival just around the corner, Nakayoshi is teaming up with the Japantown Task Force and SF Department of Public Works to clean up the streets of Japantown on Saturday, March 28, from 10am-Noon. Join us in helping keep our community looking great!

We’ll meet up at Peace Plaza at 10am and have a well-deserved lunch in Jtown following the cleanup. Gloves and other cleaning supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring any other supplies you may have.
RSVP on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/805505012858966/
Questions? Feel free to e-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

For those of you who are also available on the April 4th, an additional community cleanup day hosted by the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) also needs additional volunteers.

Hope to see you there!

 

Nakayoshi December Volunteer Event – SF JACL Spaghetti Crab Feed benefit for Kimochi San Mateo – Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Join us as we help out the San Francisco JACL chapter at their annual spaghetti crab feed benefit dinner, Saturday December 6, 2014 in SF Japantown! Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go to support Kimochi, Inc.’s San Mateo Capital Campaign, raising funds to support the newly opened Kimochi Community Care Center in San Mateo for Senior Citizens.


Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help prep and serve food as well as setting up and cleaning up the dining hall. Volunteer shifts are available all day from 10:30-1pm, 1pm-4:30pm and 4:30pm-8pm. Sign up for volunteer shifts online at: http://goo.gl/GZ1lj

Tickets for the dinner or take-out orders are also available for those of you who wish to support but can’t volunteer. Pre-sale prices are $30, $40 at the door, and $15 for children 5-12 years old. Contact Haruka Roudebush at haruka.roudebush[at]gmail.com or buy pre-sale tickets online at:
http://goo.gl/EW5zz

For more information on Kimochi and their San Mateo Capital Campaign, go to: http://www.kimochi-inc.org/ki_ksm.htm
To buy pre-sale tickets, fill out the online form at: http://goo.gl/EW5zz

Event Details:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
5:00pm-7:30pm
Christ United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Sutter Street (at Laguna), San Francisco, CA 94115
Pre-sale tickets: $30, $15 for children 5-12 years old
At the Door: $40
Dine-In and Take-Out tickets available.

Volunteers are advised to bring hats/hair coverings and aprons if handling food.

Nakayoshi November Volunteer Event: 1 Year Anniversary of MIS Historic Learning Center in SF Presidio

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Join us and help us honor Japanese American veterans at our November volunteer event on Saturday, November 15, 2014!

 

NJAHS Presents: Return and Remembrance: The Legacy of Veterans of World War II and 1st Year Anniversary of the MIS Historic Learning Center
640 Old Mason St., Presidio of San Francisco
Shifts from 9am-5pm, volunteer signups online at http://goo.gl/h0ytZ1

Veteran’s Day is around the corner, and Nakayoshi salutes our Japanese American Veterans with our November Volunteer Event, helping the Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) at their Return and Remembrance: The Legacy of Veterans of World War II and 1st Year Anniversary of the MIS Historic Learning Center in the SF Presidio. The event will have an opening ceremony followed by a luncheon for ticketed guests featuring guest speaker former Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka.

Opened 1 year ago, the MIS Historic Learning Center is in the renovated Building 640, the actual site where secretly recruited enlisted Japanese American soldiers were trained as military linguists for the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during WWII. Volunteers are encouraged to check out the rest of the exhibits before or after their shifts. The MIS Historic Learning Center will be open to the public from noon-5pm.

SIGN UP FOR A VOLUNTEER SHIFT AT: http://goo.gl/h0ytZ1
Shifts from 9am-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-5pm; 5 volunteers per shift needed for parking lot enforcement, parking lot guides, guest greeters and origami folders/crafts activity assistants
Dress code: Business Casual
A volunteer skilled in A/V tech to help with microphones/PA sound system and powerpoint projection needed during morning shift, e-mail haruka.roudebush@gmail.com if available.
Have any questions about the event? E-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com

Free parking at Sports Basement in the Presidio; Free shuttle provided from SF Japantown at 8:30am and back at 5pm

For more information on the 100th MIS and the MIS Historic Learning Center, go to: http://njahs.org/640/wartimes-the-mis/

For more information of the 1st Year Anniversary Event and day-of schedule, go to: http://njahs.org/640/portfolio/return-and-remembrance-the-legacy-of-veterans-of-world-war-ii-1st-year-anniversary-of-the-mis-historic-learning-center/

Want to get tickets to the luncheon? Purchase on EventBrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/return-and-remembrance-the-legacy-of-veterans-of-world-war-ii-1st-year-anniversary-of-the-mis-tickets-12858350673

Help us honor our veterans and check out the exhibits at the MIS Historic Learning Center! See you there!

Nakayoshi November Social in San Jose – Nov. 8, 2014: JAMsj and San Pedro Square

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Nakayoshi November Social in San Jose – Nov. 8, 2014


2pm: Japanese American Museum of San Jose – Guided Tour, Winter Boutique; $5 admission
5:30pm San Pedro Square – Dinner, Nightlife

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Hey Nakayoshi (especially you South Bay folks!)

This month’s social will be on Saturday, November 8 down in San Jose! We’ll start with a daytime visit to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose in San Jose Japantown, then head over for dinner and more hanging out for the evening in San Jose’s San Pedro Square District.

Need a ride/can drive to/from San Francisco (or other parts of the Bay)? Make sure to sign up on our carpool Google Doc at http://goo.gl/9Inqcl

CLICK HERE to RSVP on Facebook!

We’ll start with a guided tour of the museum and exhibits at 2pm ($5 admission) and, also check out the JAMsj Winter Boutique down the street at the San Jose Buddhist Temple Betsuin and spend some time perusing San Jose Japantown. We’ll regroup in the evening at San Pedro Square at the San Pedro Square Market to have dinner and hang out in the area for the rest of the evening. Please feel free to join us at night, even if you aren’t able to make the museum tour during the day! Hope to see a lot of folks from the Peninsula and South Bay come out! Questions? E-mail us at nakayochi[dot]ncwnp[at]gmail[dot]com For more information on JAMsj or San Pedro Square, go to: http://jamsj.org/ and http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/ Physical Addresses: JAMsj 535 North Fifth Street · San Jose, CA 95112 | San Pedro Square Market 87 N. San Pedro St, San Jose, Ca 95110 See you soon!

July Social: New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF) San Francisco Launch Happy Hour

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Hey Nakayoshis! Our social event for July is an exciting launch event happy hour for the New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF), a brand new statewide philanthropy group started in part by several Nakayoshi members and other young professionals representing San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles’ Japantown communities!

What: New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF) San Francisco Launch Happy Hour
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Ozumo, 161 Steuert Street, San Francisco, CA
Suggested Donation: $25 (minimum)

Introducing the New Generation Nikkei Fund: Creating a new generation of philanthropists to support our Japantowns!

Join us for happy hour at Ozumo restaurant in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5-7pm to celebrate the launch of the New Generation Nikkei Fund in San Francisco!

Looking for a quick, easy way to do some good and make an impact in your community? NGNF is all about connecting community non-profit organizations serving our Japantown communities with the next generation of community supporters. Come find out how with a minimum donation of $25, you can make the deciding votes to fund programs and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco’s Japantown.

We’ll be hosting a happy hour where you can meet our committee and learn how to join our statewide movement to support the future of our San Francisco and San Jose Japantown and Los Angeles Little Tokyo communities, all while enjoying appetizers and drinks and mingling with other NGNF donors. The happy hour has also been made possible with the support of Nakayoshi Young Professionals.

We’ll be taking pictures of NGNF Donors (old and new) holding our NGNF Donor Cards, so make sure you come dressed sharp!

While the happy hour launch is free to attend and open to anyone interesed, a suggested donation of $25 (making you an official NGNF Donor!) can be prepaid via the purchase of a happy hour event ticket on Eventbrite or given at the door (cash or credit card preferred). All current donors who have already given get in free as well!

Questions? Contact us at ngnf.donors@gmail.com.

More information about NGNF: http://aapip.org/NGNF

Be sure to “Like” NGNF’s page on Facebook!

July Volunteer Event: Mt. View Obon and Bazaar

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July 2014 Nakayoshi Volunteer Event: Mt. View Obon and Bazaar
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Time: 11:30am-7:30pm
Location: Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Hey Nakayoshi, obon season is about to get started, and we’ll be helping out once again at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s Obon and Bazaar on Sunday, July 20.  Please see the links below to sign up for the various shifts. There are also shifts available to help set up and prepare food during the week prior to the obon for those of you in the South Bay. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering and sampling all the great food and game booths, followed by traditional obon dancing at the end of the day! Popular booths that Nakayoshi has helped with in the past include the chicken teriyaki booth and tempura booths.

We are also arranging carpools for those of you who need rides. Drivers and riders, please sign up for carpools at:
http://goo.gl/8FNz5j

Please remember to bring hats and or aprons (optional) for any volunteer shifts involving the handling of food.

As many volunteers as we can get are needed for the pre-bazaar activities including construction of booths and preparation of food stuffs (like manju making and vegetables and beef preparations).

Construction
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Manju making
http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=2_manju_making

Vegetables and beef preparation
http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=3_vegetable_and_beef_preparation

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Many booths are short of help and need volunteers on bazaar week-end, July 19th and 20th.  Please signup for as many shifts as you can.

Tempura booth
http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=4_tempura_booth

Beer booth
http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=5_beer_booth

Take out booth
http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=6_take-out_booth

Chicken teriyaki booth
http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=7_chicken_teriyaki_booth

Udon station
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Following the bazaar week-end we still need help for the post-bazaar deconstruction and cleanup.

http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=9_post_bazaar_de-construction

RSVP on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/772146822836872/

Introducing Nakayoshi MiniMeetups!

What is Nakayoshi MiniMeetups?

Nakayoshi MiniMeetups is our new monthly program for people looking to meet and get to know other members of Nakayoshi better in a casual and fun setting that is flexible for everyone’s schedules. MiniMeetups places you in a different small group of 4 Nakayoshi members every month. It’s up to your group to decide when and where to meet, and what fun activity you guys will be doing!

How Does It Work?

1. Fill out our one-time online signup form with your contact information and preferred meeting location.

2. Every month, we’ll put you into a group of 4 Nakayoshi members to form your monthly Nakayoshi Mini-Meetup group and send you an e-mail with your other group members’ contact information.

3. At that point, it’s up to your Nakayoshi Mini-Meetup group to contact each other to decide when and where to meet, and what fun activity you guys will be doing! It can be as simple as grabbing a bite and hanging out, cooking a group dinner, going to a movie, or whatever else your group decides to do. It’s completely up to you guys!

4. We’ll continue assigning new groups of 4 every month as new Nakayoshi Mini-Meetup group members sign up to participate.

Signups are starting this month! We will be starting our first round of MiniMeetups in February!

Click here to sign up for Nakayoshi MiniMeetups!

Have questions? E-mail us at nakayoshi[dot]ncwnp[at]gmail[dot]com

January Volunteer Event – Oshogatsu (New Year’s) Festival at JCCCNC, Saturday January 11

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Akemashite Omedetou! Happy New Year! Join us at our first event of 2014 as we volunteer with the SF JACL Chapter at the annual Oshogatsu Festival at the JCCCNC! We’ll be helping at the kids’ arts and crafts table as well as helping with set up and cleanup.

Please sign up for a morning (10am-12pm) or afternoon (12pm-3:30pm) shift if you can help out at http://goo.gl/Z7bDW5

Every year, the festival features free arts and crafts activities for children, mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding), ozoni (traditional Japanese New Year’s soup), food, children’s art contests and performances, and other entertainment. Join us for our annual celebration of the new year with the rest of the community!

Questions? Contact Haruka Roudebush at haruka[dot]roudebush[at]gmail[dot]com

Happy Year of the Horse!

December Volunteer Event – SF JACL Annual Spaghetti Crab Feed, Saturday December 7, 2013

2013 SF JACL Crab Feed Flyer

 

Join us as we help out the San Francisco JACL chapter at their annual spaghetti crab feed benefit dinner, Saturday December 7, 2013 in SF Japantown! Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go to support Nihonmachi Little Friends, a Japantown bilingual and multicultural preschool and child care organization.

Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help prep and serve food as well as setting up and cleaning up the dining hall. Volunteer shifts are available all day from 10:30-1pm, 1pm-4:30pm and 4:30pm-8pm. Sign up for volunteer shifts online at:http://goo.gl/GZ1lj

Tickets for the dinner or take-out orders are also available for those of you who wish to support but can’t volunteer. Pre-sale prices are $30, $40 at the door, and $15 for children 5-12 years old. Contact Haruka Roudebush at haruka.roudebush[at]gmail.com or buy pre-sale tickets online at:
http://goo.gl/EW5zz

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For more information on Nihonmachi Little Friends, go to: http://www.nlfchildcare.org/
To buy pre-sale tickets, fill out the online form at: http://goo.gl/EW5zz

Event Details:
Saturday, December 7, 2013
5:00pm-7:30pm
Christ United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Sutter Street (at Laguna), San Francisco, CA 94115
Pre-sale tickets: $30, $15 for children 5-12 years old
At the Door: $40
Dine-In and Take-Out tickets available.

Volunteers are advised to bring hats/hair coverings and aprons if handling food.