Nakayoshi’s Annual Holiday Party 2013

Photo Credit: Jason Nou
Photo Credit: Jason Nou

SAVE THE DATE! Let’s celebrate the end of year by gathering at Nakayoshi’s Annual Holiday Party!

Date: Saturday, December 14th 2013
Time: 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Location: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), Issei Memorial Room
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

* Dinner will be POTLUCK style so please indicate what you will bring by filling out the following Google Doc: CLICK HERE

* Bring a gift ($5-$10) and participate in our fun White Elephant Gift Exchange!

* Feel free to bring your friends – the more the merrier!

* Get ready to sing some Karaoke!

* Be excited for Make-You-Own-Holiday goodie bag! We will provide snacks to you can take home goodie bags for yourself, and even your friends and family!

* Meet the 2014 Nakayoshi Core Committee members and see how you can get more involved 🙂

Please RSVP on our public Facebook Event Page!

If you have any questions, please contact Natsumi Inoue via email or phone: npinoue[at]

Thanks, and we hope you can join us!

~ Nakayoshi Core Committee

P.S. View photos from past Holiday parties:
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2011 –

Recap and Reminder!

IMG_9282event_44280211Nakayoshi Young Professionals had a remarkable time volunteering at St. Anthony Foundation last Sunday. Thanks to all those who volunteered!

For information on further ways you can help, visit their website at

*Reminding you also to join us at our upcoming Thanksgiving potluck/game night (A.K.A. “Gobble, Games, and Grub”) taking place at the JACL HQ in Japantown (1765 Sutter st., 94115) where you’ll be playing fun games and eating delicious foods with friends from Nakayoshi this Saturday, November 23rd from 6-10 p.m.

To bring a board game and/or dish to share, sign up in the following link:\)

Contact Erika Shimizu at eks003[@] or Brandon H. Unruhe at (530) 906-9265, or visit the event’s Facebook page at to RSVP.

See you there!

You are invited to… Gobble, Games, and Grub!

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We’re in the month of November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Come join Nakayoshi Young Professionals for an evening of fun and excitement at our upcoming Thanksgiving-themed Game/Potluck event known as “Gobble, Games, and Grub” on Saturday, November 23rd from 6-10 p.m. at the JACL Headquarters in San Francisco’s Japantown (1765 Sutter st., 94115).

You will have the opportunity to play a variety of amusing board/card game activities while connecting with friends and meeting new people.  Since this is a potluck, please notify us on what you’re able to share in the following link:

You are welcome to invite and bring friends, but be sure to note the number of guests in the link provided above.  For more information, contact Hosts Erika Shimizu at eks003[@] or Brandon Unruhe at (530) 906-9265.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details at We hope to see you there!

-Nakayoshi Core

Nakayoshi November Event: Volunteering at St. Anthony Foundation



St. Anthony Foundation provides over 3,000 people with food, clothing, recovery help for their drug and alcohol addictions, and medical care.  To date, more than 37 million meals have been served.  

Exciting News!  On Sunday, November 10th, Nakayoshi Young Professionals will be volunteering at St. Anthony Foundation (150 Golden Gate Ave., SF 94102 -between Jones and Leavenworth st.) from 9-2 p.m. 

 After a brief orientation at 9:15 a.m., we will join staff and other volunteers to serve approximately 2,600 lunches to the homeless and those living in poverty.  At some point, we’ll have our lunch break.  Then we’ll depart at 1:45 p.m.

*There is limited space availability, so be the first 10 to join this event and secure a spot!

*Be sure to come prepared and appropriately dressed for the occasion

If you have any questions, you can reach event co-ordinator Erika Shimizu directly at eks003[@]  Check out the event’s Facebook page at  We hope that you will participate in this empowering and educational opportunity with us!

For more information on St. Anthony Foundation, please visit:

Official website:



-Nakayoshi Core


October Social Event: 2013 SF Aloha Run @ Crissy Field – 8 Days Away! (SATURDAY 10/5/13)

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Saturday Oct 5th! Get your running shoes and join in on JCYC’s 3rd Aloha 5K Run!

It will be held at the beautiful Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop!

For more detailed information please visit:

This will be a 5k (3.1 mile) event. You can run or walk and if you register you will receive a T-shirt as well as other goodies.

There will be entertainment, activities and treats!

The SF Aloha Run 5k will be a timed event and starts at 830AM

-The Tot Trot 100 yd Dash – (Ages 2-5) Starts at 10:30AM

– The Keiki Run (6-13 Years age) – Starts at 10AM

Registration is:

Adult – $35
Children – $10
Dog/Pet – $10

You can register online at: (FINAL DAY to register online is TUESDAY 10/1)

Or your can fill and the form below and mail it: (FINAL DAY for Paper registration 9/27 Friday)

A map of the course is at the following link:

All proceeds will help support the JCYC (Japanese Community Youth Council)

Volunteer event recap: Volunteering at the Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar!


On Sunday, July 21st, Nakayoshi Young Professionals volunteered at the Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar.  Volunteers assisted with making Udon, Tempura, and with selling Chicken Teriyaki until it was sold out at separate booths.  After volunteering, we had an opportunity to explore the rest of the festival and experience all that was in store.  Some of us played a couple rounds at the game booths, and even won prizes.  We also ate a variety of delicious foods from the booths.  That evening, we participated in dancing the Bon Odori, which was spectacular and loads of fun.  Thanks so much to all our volunteers as well as those who joined in the festivities that late afternoon.

Join us next summer!

Nakayoshi Volunteer Event: At the Annual Mountain View Obon Festival & Bazaar

Mark your calendars Nakayoshiies!! The Annual Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar is only a month away happening on Sunday, July 21st. For those unfamiliar with Obon, this is a Japanese Buddhist cultural custom for honoring one’s ancestors. In the midst of volunteering, you’ll have opportunities to eat delicious foods, enjoy the entertainment, and participate in the bon-odori later that evening.

Please sign up for shifts in the links ahead and let us know via postings on this Facebook invitation page or e-mail ( whether or not you are able to give rides or need a ride.

MAIN EVENT: Sunday, July 21st from noon to 8:30 p.m.
Located at 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043
1) Strawberry Shortcake Booth-
2) Udon Concession-
3) Tempura Booth –

*Volunteers should bring the following:
-hat, and tie back long hair
-closed-toed shoes

Alternatives if you’re unavailable on the 21st:
1) Pre-bazaar preparations: July 9th-19th
a)Pre-construction staging and booth set-up (no sandals and bring gloves)
b) Manju-making
c) Vegetable and beef preparations
2) Bazaar Weekend: July 20th
a) Strawberry Shortcake Booth, Udon Concession, and Tempura Booth (see links above)
3) Post-bazaar disassembly and cleanup: July 22nd-24th
a) Disassembly and cleanup

For more information, contact Erika Shimizu at Don’t miss out on this volunteer event jam-packed full of excitement, thanks!

Social Event: Nakayoshi Young Professional’s 5th Annual Welcome BBQ



Come out to our annual Welcome BBQ at Crissy Field in San Francisco! Join us for a great time, food, fun activities, and great friends.

* It’s a FREE event! Feel free to bring your friends, co-workers, and anyone else who would be interested!
* This year’s Welcome BBQ will mark Nakayoshi’s 5th year anniversary 🙂 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:
* Located at Crissy Field picnic area (close to the Warming Hut at Old Mason St. and Pearce St.)

RSVP at our Facebook Event Page. If you have any questions, please contact Natsumi Inoue at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]

More details will be out as the date gets closer, so stay in tune!

We hope to see you there!

~ Nakayoshi Core Committee

* Photo from 2012 Nakayoshi Annual Welcome BBQ Event

Volunteer event recap: At the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival!

On Saturday, June 1st, Nakayoshi Young Professionals volunteered at the Soy & Tofu Festival in SF’s Japantown.  We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather again while out volunteering at the “Nakayoshi Cafe” booth in the Peace Plaza.  The amazing group of volunteers in the kitchen were very efficient at preparing and cooking all of the food on the menu and the group of volunteers in the booth demonstrated top professionalism with selling and serving the Mabo dofu plates and the tofu sushi rolls.  Each of our volunteers who helped run the “Nakayoshi Cafe” worked hard and did such a terrific job working together as a team that we ended up breaking our record for most profit made to be donated to the NichiBei Foundation at a Soy & Tofu Festival ever!

Keep up the great work Nakayoshi Young Professionals!


Nakayoshi Event Volunteering at the Soy and Tofu Festival!


Nakayoshi Young Professionals invite you to join us in helping run our “Nakayoshi Cafe” at the 3rd Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival on June 1st, 2013 in San Francisco’s Japantown (Peace Plaza, Post at Buchanan Streets).  We’ll be selling Mabo Dofu plates and Tofu Sushi with 100% of all proceeds going to the Nichi Bei Foundation, publishers of the Nichi Bei Weekly Japanese American newspaper.

Festival times are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but our volunteer shift times span from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.  We’d greatly appreciate if you could stay all day if you can.  Please follow this link to sign up!

We kindly ask volunteers to come prepared with the following:
-closed-toed shoes
-tie hair back for those with long hair
-also the occasion to sport your Nakayoshi t-shirt if you’ve got one! 😉

For more information, you may reach Erika Shimizu at  If you’re on Facebook, visit the event page to make the notification on whether you’ll be joining us.  We hope that you will partake in serving our community together and in giving back to this great cause.

Thank you!

-Nakayoshi Core