Nakayoshi Udon and Somen Noodle Booth Fundraiser at Nihonmachi Street Fair, August 3-4, 2013

Nakayoshi Nihomachi Booth

 

Nakayoshi needs volunteers for our biggest fundraiser of the year, our Udon and Somen Noodle Booth at the Nihonmachi Street Fair! We’ll be at Nihonmachi Streetfair all weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown the weekend of 8/3 and 8/4! We’ll be selling bowls of hot udon and cold somen noodles! Your help in selling and prepping udon and somen would be greatly appreciated. Last year was lots of fun, so please help out if you can!

An optional (but highly recommended!) volunteer orientation/training will be held Thursday, 8/1 at 7pm at Haruka’s house (signups and more info on our Google Doc below).

We will have volunteer shifts both days, from 8am-2pm and 11am-7pm. If you can’t stay for a whole shift, we’re glad to have you for however long you can help us! If you can’t volunteer, then please stop by and buy some delicious noodles and help spread the word!

Sign up for a shift on our Google Doc at: http://goo.gl/LCsx8

Volunteers: Please bring hats/hairnets and aprons!

Questions? E-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp#gmail.com

Nakayoshi Fundraiser: Concessions and Dinner at International Karate League Tournament, July 20, 2013

Volunteering in JCCCNC Kitchen

Nakayoshi needs your help with our upcoming fundraiser! We’ve beenasked to provide concessions and serve dinner for participants at the International Karate League Tournament at the JCCCNC on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Please sign up to prep food the night before, bring bake sale items to sell, or help out directly on the day of the tournament! Sign up on our Google Doc at: http://goo.gl/EmYAu

Concessions prep (making spam musubi) will be held at Haruka’s house the evening before on Friday, July 19 (more info on Google Doc)

Bake sale items need to be dropped off on July 20 at JCCCNC by 9:00am (sign up on Google Doc)

Volunteers needed for the following shifts (sign up on Google Doc):
Concessions Booth – Morning Shift (3+ volunteers): 8am-12:30pm
Concessions Booth – Afternoon Shift (3+ volunteers): 12pm-4pm
Kitchen Dinner Prep (6+ volunteers): 12pm-5:30pm
Dinner Service/Cleanup (16+ volunteers): 5pm-9pm

Google Doc Link: http://goo.gl/EmYAu

Dinner Menu:
Salad
New England Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl
Vegetarian Chili in Bread Bowl
Dessert

Please contact Haruka at (415) 203-7002 or haruka[at]gmail[dot]com if you have any questions. Thanks and hope you can help out!

Information on the International Karate League Tournament can be found at:http://ikltournaments.org/download/IKL%202013%20-%20San%20Francisco%20-%20Tournament%20Program.pdf

Fred Korematsu Day – Heroes Celebration

Korematsu Day 2013 - poster

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is excited to celebrate Korematsu Day 2013 by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked (see list below). This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on.

The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, actor, community activist and humanitarian, as well as a special performance by American Idol star and international recording artist JASMINE TRIAS.

Nakayoshi has two tickets to this event to give away to interested members (Please note that this conflicts with our monthly planning meeting if you were planning on attending). E-mail nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]gmail.com if interested in attending.

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013. 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102
TICKETS: Available for purchase at: http://bit.ly/kdayheroestix $100
VIP reception with honorees + program admission $25 program general admission $10 senior (65+)/student/youth admission
WEB SITE: http://FredKorematsuDayHeroes.org/
MORE INFO: email info@korematsuinstitute.org or call 415-848-7737

HONOREES:

1. FRED KOREMATSU: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Karen Korematsu will represent her father at the event.

2. GRACE LEE BOGGS: Chinese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Ms. Boggs is unable to attend the event.

3. MITSUYE ENDO: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Wayne Tsutsumi and Wendy Weiner will represent their mother at the event.

4. FILIPINO WWII VETERANOS: Filipino soldiers who fought for the US against Japanese forces during WWII but were later denied US military benefits. Veterano Alberto Saldajeno will represent this honoree group at the event.

5. GORDON HIRABAYASHI: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Jay Hirabayashi will represent his father at the event.

6. INTERNMENT DISSENTERS: “No Nos,” draft resisters and renunciants who challenged the WWII incarceration and mistreatment of Japanese Americans. “No-No” Hiroshi Kashiwagi will represent this honoree group at the event.

7. LARRY ITLIONG: Filipino American organizer and coalition builder in California’s farm labor movement. Johnny Itliong will represent his father at the event.

8. JAPANESE AMERICAN WWII VETERANS: Soldiers who fought bravely in segregated WWII military units in the face of racism at home. MIS veteran Asa Hanamoto will represent this honoree group at the event.

9. YURI KOCHIYAMA: Japanese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Audee Kochiyama-Holman will represent her mother at the event.

10. QUEEN LILI‘UOKALANI: Last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii and advocate for Hawaiian sovereignty. The Queen’s descendants will not be attending the event.

11. DOLLAR STORE STRIKERS: Women labor activists who launched one of the longest-running strikes in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Mervyn Lee, son of striker Sue Koh Lee, will represent this honoree group at the event.

12. MAMIE TAPE: Chinese American child plaintiff in landmark case reinforcing equal access to education. Alisa Kim will represent her aunt at the event.

13. BHAGAT SINGH THIND: Sikh American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case examining race-based citizenship. David Bhagat Thind will represent his father at the event.

14. PHILIP VERA CRUZ: Filipino American founding member of the United Farm Workers and defender of workers’ rights. Fernando Gapasin will represent his uncle at the event.

15. WONG KIM ARK: Chinese American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case affirming birthright citizenship. The Wong family has not confirmed if they will attend the event

16. MIN YASUI: Plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans in the US Supreme Court. Serena Hawkins-Schletzbaum and Chani Hawkins-Walker will represent their grandfather at the event.

If you know any living members of the group honorees (Internment Dissenters, 1938 Chinatown Dollar Store Strikers, Japanese American WWII Veterans, or Filipino American Veteranos), please have them call us at 415-848-7737 or info@korematsuinstitute.org to receive complimentary tickets!

MEDIA CO-SPONSORS: Angry Asian Man, APEX Express, KPFA 94.1FM, AsianWeek Foundation, Diya TV, Japanese City, KAXT Channel 1, Nichi Bei Weekly, Philippine News, Radio Campesina, Rafu Shimpo

COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS: Asian American Curriculum Project (AACP), Asian Americans for Community Outreach (AACO), Asian Business League – San Francisco (ABL-SF), American Legion Cathay Post No. 384, API Circle, Asian Law Alliance, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Alameda Chapter (APALA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Burmese Youth Association (BYA), Cameron House, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Cesar Chavez Foundation, Chinese American Heroes, Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), Filipino Advocates for Justice, Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School at Mace Ranch, Friends of Roots, Golden Gate University Law School – Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Japanese American Citizens League – San Francisco Chapter, Japanese American Citizens League – Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Kimochi, Inc., Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, Laotian American National Alliance (LANA), Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Miss Asian America Pageant, Nakayoshi Young Professionals, Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), OCA-East Bay, OCA-San Francisco, Pacific Islander Community Partnership, Public Allies, RepeatingHistory.org, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS), Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Sikh Coalition, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Music Performing Arts, Taiwanese American Professionals – San Francisco (TAP-SF), Tule Lake Committee, UC Hastings Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Voice of Witness

SF JACL Spaghetti Crab Feed Benefit for the Korematsu Institute, Dec. 1st.


Join us as we help out the San Francisco JACL chapter at their annual spaghetti crab feed benefit dinner, Saturday December 1, 2012 in SF Japantown! Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go to support the Korematsu Institute, a program of the Asian Law Caucus advancing pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education.

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. To buy pre-sale tickets, fill out the online form at: http://goo.gl/EW5zz
For more information on the Korematsu Institute, go to: http://korematsuinstitute.org/Volunteers are advised to bring hats/hair coverings and aprons if handling food.
What: SF JACL Chapter annual Spaghetti Crab Feed Benefit for the Korematsu Institute
When: Saturday, December 1st, 5:00pm-7:00pm ; Volunteer shifts all day from 10:30am-1pm, 1pm-4pm and 4pm-8pm
Where: Christ United Presbyterian Church, SF Japantown, 1700 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Price: $30 presale, $40 at the door, $15 children 5-12, (RESERVE PRESALE TIX ONLINE: http://goo.gl/EW5zz)
Volunteer Shift Signups: http://goo.gl/GZ1lj
Thanks for your support, and we hope you can join us!

Nakayoshi Camping Trip 2012 – Salt Point State Park/Tomales Bay Oysters!

After a 1 year hiatus, we’re going on another summer camping trip! This time we’ll be heading up the coast for some oceanside camping at Salt Point State Park from Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19. We’ll finish off the trip with a picnic at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company on our way back to the Bay Area.
Registration is $50 and covers campsite reservations, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, general supplies and picnic site reservations at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company.

Registration is limited to the first 16 people to sign up, so make sure you and your friends reserve a spot ASAP! Registration deadline is Monday, August 13, 2012. To register and view further trip information and payment instructions, fill out our online form at: http://goo.gl/KoTGS

We will also be arranging carpools, so drivers would be very much appreciated! Evening carpools may also be arranged for those of you leaving after work on Friday evening.

For more information on Salt Point State Park and the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, go to:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=453
http://tomalesbayoysters.com/

We look forward to a fun trip with you! Remember to fill out your registration ASAP!

Questions? Contact trip coordinator Haruka Roudebush directly at haruka.roudebush[at]gmail.com

Nakayoshi Annual Welcome BBQ – Sunday, July 1

We’d like to remind you all about our upcoming Nakayoshi Annual Welcome BBQ! The event will take place on Sunday, July 1st from 11am to 4pm at Crissy Field picnic area (close to the Warming Hut at Old Mason St. and Pearce St.)  in San Francisco. This is a great time to meet Nakayoshi members, learn more about Nakayoshi, and just make new friends from the community and pig out on great food!

Yes, the is a FREE event!!! Please do feel free to bring food and show off your wonderful culinary skills to everyone. Finally, pass this along to your friends and anyone who’d be interested. The more the merrier!

If you haven’t already, please RSVP by clicking “Attending” on Facebook, or send us an email at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

 

Questions? Need more info? Please contact Jamie Martyn at jsmartyn@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Best,

Nakayoshi Core Committee

Support nihonmachiROOTS’ Japantown Redistricting Week of Action…let’s get on it

Hi Nakayoshis!
Let’s help out SF Japantown and nihonmachiROOTS in their week of action! Tell the SF Redistricting Task Force to keep Japantown together in District 5.

We appreciate your support of the community.
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~Nakayoshi Core
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: ryan kimura <yutalk921@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM
Subject: Week of Action…let’s get on it
To: “nihonmachiroots@googlegroups.com” <nihonmachiroots@googlegroups.com>

Hey ROOTS!
 

 
  1. every 10 years the city redraws the boundaries of the 11 districts that make up the city of SF
  2. Jtown has always been a part of District 5 (Western Addition)
  3. Jan ’12 a map came out showing the new D5 boundary at GEARY…thus splitting up jtown from D5, and rosa parks jbbp, Buchanan YMCA, and the st francis co ops
  4. some community members went to speak out at the Redistricting Task Force’s (RTF)
  5. RTF moved the northern boundary of D5 up to PINE St. ON THE SPOT….YAAAY!
  6. but wait….
  7. JCYC, Nichiren Buddhist Church,  and St. Benedict’s Parish at St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Church are on the NORTH SIDE OF PINE…thus they are STILL IN D2
  8. Chibi Chan Preschool (where many jtown kids went) and the Westside Courts are also left out
  9. …well that stinks…
  10.  and NOW HERE WE ARE…LET’S DO SOMETHING
  11. “adding” jcyc, chibichan, and the other elements are NOT AN OPTION…THEY ARE A MUST…JCYC, CHIBICHAN ARE JAPANTOWN…just as much as you all ARE JTOWN…
  12. SO I ask you this…
  13.  Please sign the attached LETTER…FORWARD THE LETTER TO ALL OF YOUR PEOPLE…HAVE THEM SIGN IT…
  14.  TURN IN THE LETTER  IN TO THE JCCCNC by FAX (415)567-4222, EMAIL rkimura@jcccnc.org, WALK it IN 1840 Sutter St, SF, CA 94115, POST OFFICE, CARRIER PIGEON….by MARCH 16th
  15. Please sign the online petition… http://www.change.org/petitions/san-francisco-redistricting-task-force-adopt-new-district-5-borders-that-will-include-all-of-japantown
  16. Join nihonmachiROOTS as we fight for JTOWN…follow us in our WEEK OF ACTION! March 11-March 17http://www.japantownnow.com/events
 
  1. Follow us on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/nihonmachiROOTS
  2. IF YOU ARE A SPEAKER…then be heard at the following RTF MEETINGS
    1. TODAY, March 7 @6pm @City Hall Room 406
    2. Monday, March 12 @ 6pm @ West Portal School 5 Lenox Way
    3. Saturday, March 17 @10am @ ELLA HUTCH COMMUNITY CENTER 1050 McAllister St(THIS IS THE D5 MEETING) Let’s ROLL OUT in NUMBERS!
 
I ask you all to help us out…this whole process will not benefit any one entity within the community…
IT’S FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY!
 
Below is more background information on all that is going on. 
 
Thanks
Ryan
 
P.S.  Don’t be afraid for the future of the jtown community…help DEFINE IT
 
 
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This e-mail / map is for written presentation to the Task Force, either electronically, by mail or in person. It includes information on the sites of interest that remain the proposed boundary.
Please read/review and feel free to distribute and forward to the Task Force.
D5 Northern Boundary Map: Feb. 27,2012
Basic Position
(a) We thank the RTF for recent changes that brought Hamilton Recreation Center, the Western Addition Library and Booker T. Washington Community Service Center back into D5.
(b) Westside Courts Public Housing shoulde be included with the working and middle income community in D5, not with the more affluent areas in D2 who share little in common and may have different political interests.
(c) Japantown community resources actively being used by the Japantown community and of historic significance should remain connected to Japantown.
(d) our maps consistently show our ability to keep the Wester Addition together while allowing for the needed growth in other districts.
(e) We are the people who live in the area speaking specifically about our neighborhood and how our community is shaped.
Point (a): Thank you RTF!
Thanks to the Task Force members for including Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, Hamilton Rec Center and the WA library in D5, we urge them to also include Westside Court and the few areas of Japan town that should remain in D5.
Point (b): Westside Courts
We advocate for the inclusion of  Westside Courts public housing, in D5, arguing that their community of interest lies much closer to D5 than D1 or D2.
Westside Courts shares a community of interest with the Western Addition, not the Richmond or Pacific Heights, because their shared history with the community, socioeconomic similarity, shared schools, community services recreation areas, health clinic, grocery stores are all in D5. The residents want to stay in the neighborhood and keep the Western Addition whole.
Placing Westside Courts residents in other districts weakens them politically when they are placed outside their communities of interest and forced to depend on dissimilar communities for cooperation and support.
Point (c): Chibi-Chan Preschool, St. Benedict’s Parish at St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Church and the Nichiren Buddhist Church
We advocate for a D5 northern boundary at California between Buchanan and Octavia to capture two blocks where the last few Japantown community institutions are located in back together with the rest of D5.
St. Benedict’s and the Nichiren Buddhist Church on California between Buchanan and Octavia remain active houses of worship for the Japanese American community. They are presently located across the street from the proposed D5.
Chibi-Chan Preschool on the block between Pine and Bush/Pierce and Scott remains an active community institution within Japantown. An extension should be made to keep it in D5 while the surrounding areas go to add needed population to D2.
Placing Japantown community resources in districts D1 or D2 weakens D5 residents’ ability to have a voice in controlling the community resources and living areas that they rely on when they are placed under the control of communities who do not use these resources and may not share the interest or desire to maintain and support them.
We recommend bringing these remaining institutions into D5 while the surrounding areas go to add needed population to D2.This will help keep Japantown whole will relieving some of the population pressure on D2.
Point (d): Our Map
Our map keeps our communities of interest together, but we Recognize that the Task Force will need to balance the population of D1 and D2 to accommodate keeping the Western Addition portion of D5 together.
We recommend a map that achieves this by:
Moving the northern border to California, Pine and Sutter Street as shown on the map provided, to include only significant areas of community interest while the other areas go to D2.
Placing Anza Vista residents in D1 from Masonic to Divisadero.
Keep all of Sea Cliff above California Street in D2, based on socioeconomic commonality which differs from the working class, middle income family and individuals in D1 from their more affluent neighbors in D2.
Move the D2/D3 border in Russian Hill out to Jones and the D2/D5 border between Gough and Van Ness down to Ellis. We support Russian Hill residents desire to keep their D2/D3 mix and moving from Leavenworth to Jones gives population to D2 withiut putting all Russian Hill into one district.
Point (d): Tell your story
Tell your personal story about how yourself and our community connections, Westside Courts’ kids going to community events at Ella Hill Hutch, the Japanese language program at Rosa Parks school, etc…
Background
The Fillmore and Japantown areas share a long history of providing cultural homes for communities of color since the days when they were the center of community life for African American and Japanese American San Franciscans. A common history of racial persecution, geographic displacement and uniting our communities to resist discrimination, by building bridges with each other, to maintain community pride and unity continues to this day. Residents of both communities share a past history, but presently continue to share community resources, libraries, housing, schools, recreation centers, places of leisure and worship and development plans for the future that define them as a united community that intends to remain that way.
Previous versions of the Redistricting Task Force Map (RTF) created a District 5 (D5) northern boundary at Geary Boulevard, separating Japantown and Fillmore residents in the area from community member and resources and areas where strong historic ties exist and are presently active in keeping the community together, namely Japantown, Westside Courts Public Housing, Hamilton Recreation Center , Booker T. Washington Community Service Center and the Western Addition Public Library. Placing these residential and community resources in supervisorial districts (in this case, District 2 – D2) separate from the district community which created, maintains and actively utilizes these areas is inconsistent with the mission of the RTF and is a disservice to the residents of the Fillmore and Japantown communities. Geary runs through the united community. It does not divide two separate ones.
Together, Japantown and Fillmore residents and leaders have been consistent in our argument that these area should remain in D5; D1 or D2 is not an alternative for us or our neighbors when other, viable options exist that better serve the interest of keeping our community and other communities of shared interest together. This map (attached) reflect our most recent attempts to demonstrate the desired D5 boundaries, based on continued conversations with residents from neighborhoods in D5 and the surrounding districts.
We thank the Redistricting Task Force’s assistance in keeping our community together and hope the following helps explain our position and our map.
Key Community Areas and Resources
Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
2012 Pine Street
Chibi Chan Preschool
2507 Pine Street, SF 94115
Japanese Community Youth Council – JCYC (2012 Pine Street) has become one of San Francisco’s most successful youth organizations. While still committed to children and youth from the Japanese American community, JCYC has evolved and grown into an organization, which annually serves over 8,000 young people from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Through a continuum of services, JCYC programs can support children and youth from the time they start Chibi Chan Preschool (2507 Pine Street, SF 94115) until they are ready to move onto college. The organization strives to offer young people a comprehensive array of services to ensure that they have the resources and support necessary to grow into healthy, productive adults.
Westside Courts
2501 Sutter Street
Nestled in between Sutter, Baker, Broderick, and Post Streets, the 136-unit housing project is one of the more isolated public housing units in San Francisco. In its isolation, however, the public housing residence has somewhat of a sense of self sufficiency as it has a computer lab, a day care facility, and a food bank for residents.
Built in 1943, residents live with outdated appliances; unpredictable plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems; extensive rodent problems; and other issues that affect their health and quality of life. Although situated closer to Pacific Heights, these residents have always been in D5, identify with D5 and share socioeconomic concerns more similar to those in the Western Addition than in the immediate surrounding areas.
One review on Yelp! review gives some insight in why Western Addition resident are concerned with the prospect of the isolated Westside being lumped into another district and loosing it’s connection to its true community of interest in the greater Western Addition:
“I don’t live here, I’ve never been inside the buildings, but I live across the street. The one perk of having this monstrous eyesore in the neighborhood is always having front row seats to a good fight or some other criminal activity. Sometimes it’s fun and it breaks up the monotony of living in a quiet, respectable neighborhood that can drive a person to madness…
Pretty soon after all this started happening, I noticed the cops started showing up, so I didn’t feel so bad about not calling 911. I mean, it really looked like the kind of fight that I’ve had before and didn’t look like anyone was going to get seriously hurt. But I also learned in first year of law school that what happened was against the law and definitely counted as assault/battery. And when as many cops showed up as there just were, and considering what just happened, probably both of those people are now headed off to jail (another perk of this place is getting to watch people getting arrested and carted off to the clink)”
Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church
2016 Pine Street
St Benedict Deaf Parish at St. Francis Xavier Church
1801 Octavia St
St. Francis Xavier Church was begun in 1913 by Fr. Albert Breton, who also founded Japanese Sisters of the Visitation and later became Bishop of Fukuoka,Japan. In 1929 the Japanese Catholic Community acquired the property on the southwest corner of Octavia and Pine where they eventually built a school. In 1939 the site of the present church was acquired and built. In 1942 when the United States Government ordered the Japanese to relocation centers, many parish members stored their furniture and personal belongings in the social hall for their newly built church. The pastor, Fr. William Stoecke, followed many of his parishioners to the camp at Topaz, Utah where he ministered to them throughout their detention. In 1945, when the west coast was reopened to the Japanese, Fr. Stoecke returned to San Francisco to help his people resettle.
Today this Japanese Mission continues to be a lifeline to the Catholic Church for many monolingual Japanese or those with limited second language capabilities.
People come not only from San Francisco, but from San Mateo County, the North and East Bay, and from as far away as Manteca in the Central Valley and there are plans to expand the opportunity for monolingual and bilingual liturgical services.
Ryan Kimura
Director of Programs and Community Relations
Japanese Cultural and Community Center
of Northern California
(415) 567-5505 x228 / (415) 567-4222 fax
Our Community, Our Future

Nakayoshi Volunteer Event: SF JACL Spaghetti Crab Feed Benefit DInner for Northern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

Come out and join Nakayoshi on Saturday, December 3, 2011 as we volunteer once more at the annual Spaghetti Crab Feed Dinner hosted by the San Francisco Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. The SF JACL chapter will be serving their annual dinner of salad, spaghetti, crab, desserts and more! Proceeds from ticket sales for the dinner this year will go toward ongoing tsunami/earthquake relief efforts in Northern Japan. Prior beneficiaries from this annual event include the Nichibei Times Foundation, Nikkei Community Internship and the Campaign for Justice for Japanese Latin American WWII Internees.

Please help us support Northern Japan Tsunami/Earthquake relief efforts by either volunteering with us or by purchasing tickets for you and your friends (or both)!

To sign up for a volunteer shift, go to our online shiftboard at: http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=sf_jacl_spaghetti_crab_feed

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: Event runs from 5-8pm, Volunteer shifts from 10:30am-3pm, 3pm-7pm, and 7pm-9:30pm.
Location: Christ United Presbyterian Church, SF Japantown, 1700 Sutter Street (at Laguna), San Francisco, CA
Online Volunteer Signup: http://www2.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=sf_jacl_spaghetti_crab_feed

You are encouraged to sign up for as many shifts as you are available to help! Volunteers are needed for 3 main shifts from 10:30 am – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 7:00pm and from 7:00pm – 9:30pm. We ask all volunteers to bring a hat or hairnet as well as aprons if you have them, as many volunteer shifts involve handling food.

Can’t commit to a volunteer shift but still want to support? Buy tickets or donate! Please contact Nakayoshi/SF JACL Board Members Brandon Unruhe at bunruhe@gmail.com or Haruka Roudebush at haruka.roudebush@gmail.com. Tickets are $30/person, $40 at the door and $15 for children ages 5-12.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, please e-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com. Contact Brandon Unruhe or Haruka Roudebush on the day of the event at (530) 906-9265 (Brandon) | (415) 203-7002 (Haruka). Thanks again for your help with ongoing relief efforts in Northern Japan!

November Monthly Planning Meeting

Who has a meeting the morning after our big Nomikai mixer? We do!

The fun times with Nakayoshi will continue from 10am-noon on Sunday, November 20th at our monthly planning meeting. Join the rest of the Nakayoshi core as we plan out our next great social events and volunteer opportunities. Lunch in Japantown to follow the meeting. Everyone is welcome, new or old!

What: Nakayoshi Monthly Planning Meeting
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Time: 10am-Noon, Lunch in Japantown After
Place: JACL National HQ, 1765 Sutter Street, Japantown, San Francisco
Upcoming Nakayoshi Events – Please Save These Dates!

11/19/11: Nomikai Social Mixer @ Goemon Sushi Restaurant, SF
11/20/11: November Monthly Planning Meeting
12/3/11: Volunteering at SF JACL Spaghetti Crab Feed Benefit for Northen Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief
12/10/11: Nakayoshi Holiday Party

1/22/11: January Monthly Planning Meeting
1/27/12 – 1/29/12: 2012 Ski/Snowboard Trip