Nakayoshi Co-Presents “The Land of Hope” at CAAMfest 2013


Nakayoshi has partnered with CAAMfest this year to co-present the S.F. premiere of The Land of Hope (Kibou no Kuni).


This is Japan’s first narrative feature inspired by the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Set in the fictional prefecture of Nagashima, the film dramatizes the effect of an eerily similar catastrophe on a small farming town. The Land of Hope shows the moral dilemmas faced by people who want to move on from tragedy without abandoning the essence of who they are.

Visit the official CAAMfest page to learn more about the movie:

This movie has 2 screenings in 2 different locations on 2 different days:

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 16, 2013 9:40 pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
March 21, 2013 7:00 pm

If we get 10 or more people to attend either screening or both, tickets will be discounted to $10 per person. Once 10+ people are confirmed for a screening, I will purchase the tickets. Otherwise, tickets are available now if you’d like to make your own arrangements. If you plan to attend with us, please indicate which date you would like to attend through e-mail, nakayoshi.ncwnp [@] gmail [dot] com or through our Facebook event page:

Please let me know if you have any questions and see you at the movie!

Cheers – JSN


Nakayoshi @ Bay to Breakers


Bay to Breakers is happening on May 20, 2012 and you do not have to run to participate!

For those unfamiliar with the race, after all the registered runners have taken off from the start line, the route opens up to everyone and is where the fun begins. What ensues is usually a parade of people in various degrees of wild outfits walking the route while merry making.

The plan is:

Sunday May 20, 2012 @ 7:00AM
Embarcadero BART Station
298 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Once we gather, we’ll head over to the marathon route (Howard St & Fremont St) and join in the festivities. We don’t plan to walk the entire route, so we can stop anywhere we want to get food.

Dressing up is not required, but it is fun! For those that are interested in dressing up, one current theme we’re thinking about is Sushi! If we have enough participants we can even become a sushi boat! Feel free to RSVP with us for more information.

Let me know what questions or comments you have.


MOSAIC – The 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Artist Preview Show

Nakayoshi is happy to announce our participation with the AsianWeek Foundation to present the 8th annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Artist Preview Show!

Straight from their site: “The Asian Heritage Street Celebration Artist Preview Show, named MOSAIC this year, is your chance to get a sneak peek of some of the amazing Asian American talent you will experience at this year’s 8th Annual Festival. Be a part of a night of expression through performance art while you wine and dine on light appetizers. By coming together, we can support each other while at the same time, express our unique diversity. Make sure you don’t miss this sophisticated, unique, and exciting evening.”

Here are the details:

When: April 20th 2012 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: 111 Minna Gallery at Minna and 2nd

FB Page for more details!

Hope to see you there!



Nakayoshi Co-Presents at the 30th SF Int’l Asian American Film Festival!


Nakayoshi is teaming up with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival this year to co-present TWO films in TWO parts of the bay! One film is Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, and the other is Ninja Kids. Details on the movie along with location and times are listed below.

Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Lucy Walker / Japan / 2011 / 40 min

Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker compares the devastation of the Tohoku Earthquake with the simple beauty of the Japanese cherry blossom. In this Academy Award nominated documentary, footage from the survivors merges with their expressions of hope, showing the resilience of people after disaster. With short Two Seconds After Laughter.

March 10, 2012 12:00 pm

SF Film Society Cinema at New People (San Francisco)

March 18, 2012 12:15 pm

Camera 3 Cinemas (San Jose)

Ninja Kids

Takashi Miike / Japan / 2011 / 100 min

A group of eight-year-old ninja kids helps protect their cross-dressing hair-stylist friends from evil villains in Takashi Miike’s freaked-out new epic, based on a popular manga. Seemingly filmed in an acid haze somewhere between ancient Japan and the Castro, Ninja Kids is Seven Samurai by way of Willy Wonka.

March 11, 2012 12:30 pm

Castro (San Francisco)

March 17, 2012 12:30 pm

Camera 3 Cinemas (San Jose)

Nakayoshi has reserved 12 tickets at the price of $9.50 for Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom on Sunday March 18, 2012, so if you’re interested, please reply with your name and a way to contact you. Hope to see you at the festival to enjoy and support independent, Asian Pacific American films!

Here’s our Facebook event page. Please feel free to contact me at for any questions.


2011 Nakayoshi Holiday Party

Come celebrate the Holidays with Nakayoshi!

Where? Dan Masaoka’s House in San Francisco, CA (Thanks Dan!)
When? Saturday, December 10, 2011: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

2011 is rapidly coming to an end and what better way to reflect on the successes we’ve had this year than by having a Holiday Party with all the members of Nakayoshi both new and old.
The dinner will be POTLUCK style so please indicate what you would like to bring (Snack, Appetizer, Beverage, or Dessert).
In the spirit of giving, dinner will be followed by a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Show that special someone how you really feel about them. = ), (around $5-10 in value…)
To make the event more entertaining, WOW people with your most fabulously-festive-winter-wonderful, ugly SWEATER you can find.
We hope you can join!
Happy Holidays!!!
RSVP Here!!! Given Upon RSVPing.Contact Number: Ken Takeda (661) 803-1962

Just Say Nomikai!

The wait is finally over, the highly anticipated event of the year, Nakayoshi Nomikai, is finally back! What is nomikai you ask? It’s basically a gathering of friend to celebrate our bonds in the community, which can include drinks.

If you haven’t been to any of our events this year then this is THE one you DO NOT want to miss. There will be food, there will be drinks, and most importantly there will be great company. It gets better because we have our spot from 7pm until closing, so come join the fun anytime. We do have a special treat for those that arrive on time. We will be providing FREE appetizers. These are limited, so while supplies last. Also, all drinks and additional food can be purchased individually.

Date: Saturday November 19, 2011

Time: 7:00-10:00pm

Location: Goemon Japanese Restaurant

1524 Irving St San Francisco, CA 94122

This event is FREE, so come out to join the fun and meet great folks at the same time. RSVP with this LINK on our FB page. Remember, just say nomikai!

Let us know if you have any questions or comments.



Nakayoshi October Digest

Greetings Day Walkers,


This October, Nakayoshi has more events lined up than a Trick-or-treating kid with a sweet tooth!


Saturday, October 22, 2011,

We’re kicking off our weekend with Sansei Live!











Step out for a night of music and friendship to support Kimochi!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

We regroup to plan even more events in our October General Meeting.






Come get involved and see how you can help make the community a better place.


Friday, October 28, 2011

No Halloween is complete without some screams, so gear up with us as we volunteer at the annual JCCCNC Family Halloween Carnival.








Those kids asked for it, Trick or Treat!


Sunday, October 29, 2011

Instead of a pumpkin, get a turkey for Halloween. Join us for Halloween Bowling!









No candy bowl can compare to the sweet taste of victory!


This month has a little something for all you un-dead, so join us as we celebrate the month of Halloween!





Asian Heritage Night Benefiting SF Hep B Free @ Beach Blanket Babylon

Asian Heritage Night!

Benefiting “San Francisco Hep B Free”
Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8 PM
Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd.
(formerly Green St.) San Francisco, CA

Join Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon for their first ever Asian Heritage Night on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8 PM.! Organized by the AsianWeek Foundation, a portion of each ticket will benefit San Francisco Hep B Free – a citywide effort to screen and vaccinate all Asians and Pacific Islanders for Hepatitis B, which affects 1 in 10 APIs.

Recently hailed as “A constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon is the world’s longest running musical revue. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats and one show-stopping number after another, the show continues to dazzle audiences at Club Fugazi in North Beach.

Asian Heritage Night guests will receive Beach Blanket Babylon: A Hats-Off Tribute to San Francisco’s Most Extraordinary Musical Revue, a commemorative book by Janet Lynn. Educational information about Hep B will also be distributed.

For more information, check out the event pages on their Website or Facebook.

Nakayoshi is a community partner with this event, so invite your friends and come out for a good cause and a great time!


Nakayoshi Noodles @ Nihonmachi

Some like it hot or it can be a dish best served cold, Nakayoshi served up hot udon and cold somen during this year’s Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco, Japantown. This was our food booth debut and judging by the response, it may not be the last. Nakayoshi is no stranger to food preparation. We annually volunteer at Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day) by making spam musubi, and cooked up 4 items at the Soy & Tofu Festival earlier this year. Our participation in the street fair this year was to raise funds for our organization. We like to thank all our supporters that include the Nihonmachi Street Fair committee, North American Food for donating their products, all our volunteers and coordinators, and of course, you, the customers! We all had a great time participating in the street fair and we hope you enjoyed it as well. Be sure to visit us again next time!

July Social: Takara, for Goodness Sake!

The Japanese Takara Group established their U.S. headquarters in 1982 in Berkeley, California. They apply traditional craftsmanship and modern technology to produce their popular beverages. Takara’s goal is to introduce the public not only to different types of sake but also to Japanese culture through their facilities, which include a museum and tasting room.

The Museum features items and displays of interest to both experts and the general public. It includes an exhibit of the historical sake-making process, sake artifacts and implements collected by Takara Sake USA, and a history of sake-making in America. The collection is the only one of its kind in the U.S.A.

The Tasting Room offers a selection of sake and plum wine products. Not only can you taste and experience the quality of Sho Chiku Bai Sake, but you can learn about sake production as well. A video describing the story of sake brewing can be viewed. (Must be 21+).

We will be visiting the facility to tour the museum on Saturday July 16, 2011 at 12:00pm-6:00pm. The tasting is completely optional and has a cost of $5. We may not stay for the full 6 hours and carpooling is encouraged.

More information can be found on the event page on Facebook.

Contact us for any questions.