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:

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:

Have questions? E-mail JCCCNC Programs Director Matt Okada directly at

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Social Event: 2015 Nakayoshi Young Professional’s 7th Annual Welcome BBQ

From 2014 Nakayoshi YP Welcome BBQ!
From 2014 Nakayoshi YP Welcome BBQ!

Save the date for Nakayoshi Young Professional’s 7th annual Welcome BBQ!

Date:  Saturday, June 20th 2015
Time: 11:0am to 4:00pm
Location: Stow Lake Boathouse Picnic Area in San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Nakayoshi’s Welcome BBQ is our biggest social event, providing participants the opportunity to meet with Nakayoshi members and learn what Nakayoshi is all about.

Here are some highlights of why you should join us at our Welcome BBQ event:

* It’s a FREE event! Feel free to bring your friends, co-workers, and anyone else who would be interested!

Meet Nakayoshi members, learn more about Nakayoshi, and make new friends from the community

* Show off your cooking skills by bringing your delicious snacks/food! Please let us know what you’ll be bringing for our potluck by filling out the following Google doc:

* The event will take place in Golden Gate Park, at Stow Lake Boathouse Picnic Area. The picnic area at Stow Lake is on Stow Lake Drive, at the far end of the parking lot across from the Boathouse.On Saturdays (Apr-Sept) and Sundays (year round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive; access is only from MLK Drive.

RSVP by Facebook Event, or email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you there!

~ Nakayoshi Core Committee


Nakayoshi Young Professionals is a group of young professionals, recent college grads, and in general any young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area looking to get involved or reconnected with the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. We’re always making sure we bring you the latest community events and opportunities to network, socialize or give back. Focused on catering to the lifestyle of a young professional, Nakayoshi allows you to choose your own level of involvement and gives you the opportunity to voice what types of events or issues you’re interested in.

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:
Questions? Feel free to e-mail us at

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!


Social Event: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors


Nakayoshi is joining the San Francisco Japanese American Citizen’s League and going to see the comedy group 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.  The Mighty Mountain Warriors have 20 years of sketch comedy experience and are back on tour.

Key Details:

  • Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 9th St #290, Oakland, California 94607
  • When: Saturday February 28th 8pm
  • Why: For some excellent laughs.

The first 10 people joining through Nakayoshi get in free.  Reserve a spot with our form.  Late comers can help support the JACL with a full priced ticket of $20.  General Seating tickets are available here.

We’ll contact everyone that signs up with a confirmation. If you have any questions, contact us at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]gmail[dot]com.

Social Event: Warriors Asian Heritage Night with Nakayoshi


Nakayoshi is gearing up for the NBA season! We purchased tickets to this year’s Asian Heritage Night which will be held on Wed. January 7, 2015. The Warriors take on the Indiana Pacers.

Where: Oracle Arena
When: Jan 7, 2015 – Tipoff at 7:30pm

Our seats are located in Section 222. Tickets are $27/each and include a voucher for the commemorative Asian Heritage Night giveaway item. 

Reserve your ticket here:

We’ll send a confirmation email to all those who reserve a ticket. The email will also include instructions on where to meet prior to the game. 
Contact us with any questions: Go Warriors!

Nakayoshi Brunch and Tea: Ladies Only Event

Hello, Nakayoshi Young Women! Yes, you!

It has come to Nakayoshi core’s attention that we have a gender imbalance on our hands, with women being underrepresented in our membership and our core.
Therefore, your *fabulous* female core members would like to put on some WOMEN ONLY events so we can get to know each other and start the dialogue: what would make Nakayoshi more appealing to you?

Our first event will be a brunch & tea at Crown and Crumpet, now located in Japantown!


WHEN: November 16th (Sunday) @ 11:00AM
WHERE: Crown and Crumpet (1746 Post Street, SF CA)

Please RSVP through this form with your name and menu choice:
*Also, please make sure you have enough cash on hand to make paying quick and painless for all

The place is asking that we pre-order a week in advance, so please let us know you’re coming by Nov 9th!

Should you have any questions, please contact Natsumi Inoue at nakayoshi[dot]ncwnp[at]gmail[dot]com

Looking forward to chatting with everyone! Thank you for reading!

– Nakayoshi Core Committee

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

2014 SF JACL Crab Feed Flyer BW

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:

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] or buy pre-sale tickets online at:

For more information on Kimochi and their San Mateo Capital Campaign, go to:
To buy pre-sale tickets, fill out the online form at:

Event Details:
Saturday, December 6, 2014
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


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

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.

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 if available.
Have any questions about the event? E-mail us at

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:

For more information of the 1st Year Anniversary Event and day-of schedule, go to:

Want to get tickets to the luncheon? Purchase on EventBrite at:

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


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

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: and 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!

Sacramento Sake Fest

Sake Fest Time! Save the date, Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, and join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration! We have fun things planned as well as great sake, beer, and shochu. Watch in amazement as a chef carves a whole tuna for sashimi, the best you will ever taste! Taiko, festival dancing, sushi, izakaya bites, and much more!  For those of you going from the bay area and need a place to stay, let me (Graig Inaba) know at gnab4lfe[at]gmail[dot]com.  Hope to see you there!

2014 Sake Fest Flyer with Choya