11 Days and Counting till EXPLORATORIUM

Join Nakayoshi for our next social event for September at the recently re-opened Exploratorium for their First Thursday adults-only evening event, After Dark: Transformation.
Let’s go explore the wonders of mother nature’s awesome transformations, i.e. caterpillars turning into butterflies, are easy to see. But a closer look at the world reveals that matter is constantly moving from one state to another, and myriad processes are at work to transform reality as we know it. Explore the power of change and the elegant ways our world grows and evolves at After Dark: Transformation.

There is a special Group rate of $12.75 per person (so $2.25 savings). I will go ahead and book a section of tickets, after that the price will go stay at $15.00 for general members and $10.00 for Exploratorium members.

I hope you guys are as excited about attending the Exploratorium as I am.  I haven’t visited since it moved from the previous location by the Palace of Fine Arts in the Ritzy Marina District.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.


-Brandon H. Unruhe
(530) 906-9265




Recap of 2013 so far

It’s mid-June and we’re already half way into 2013!

Here’s a look at what Nakayoshi folks have been up to. Our Annual Welcome BBQ and 5 Year Anniversary is this Sunday, June 23rd, so we hope you’ll come out and kick off a great start to the second-half of the year!

Event Recap: Hanging out at the SF Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

We had brilliant weather this past Saturday the 20th for our hangout at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown.  We ate delicious foods such as the Teri Burger, Yaki Soba, sandwiches, Japanese-style hot dogs, BBQ meat plates, and shaved ice from various food booths.


After lunch, we headed over to the Peace Plaza and spent some time at the information booths along the way.  We saw Japanese ‘cultural arts’ performances at the Peace Plaza and visited the booths selling products embodying creativity and talent.


After all the walking and heat, it was time to rest for a bit.  We sat and drank cold beverages, while watching a band perform 80s and 90s classic hits.  It was a good opportunity to get to know each other better, to meet new faces, and to celebrate culture.  Thanks to those who came out.  We hope that you had fun!

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: http://caamfest.com/2013/films/land-of-hope/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/488580557868765/

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

Cheers – JSN


Event Recap: 2013 Nakayoshi Annual Tahoe Trip



Nakayoshi hosted our annual Tahoe Trip this year from Friday, February 8th to Sunday February 10th in South Lake Tahoe. The weather was PERFECT than ever and we all had a fun and safe trip! Click here for more pictures from the trip.

We had a total of 18 attendees and stayed at a cozy cabin half a mile away from Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Most of  the attendees went skiing and snow boarding on the mountain while enjoying the beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Some of us stayed at the cabin, drove to the lake, and made a snowman and dinoSNOWrex! We also prepared and made delicious curry rice, and heated up some Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets to go with it.

We hope everyone had fun! Big thanks to all the attendees for making this trip possible, and see you all next year in the snow again!

~ Nakayoshi Core Committee

2013 Nakayoshi Annual Tahoe Trip

Nakayoshi Tahoe Trip, 2011
Nakayoshi Tahoe Trip, 2011

Why you want to go to Tahoe with Nakayoshi:
1. You want to go to Tahoe with awesome people
2. Spend two nights and three days meeting Nakayoshi members and learn more about Nakayoshi NCWNP Young Professionals
3. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones
4. Stay in a nice 5BR, 2BA cabin 1/2 mile from Heavenly Mountain Resort
6. Not have a good time, but a GREAT one!
7. Build snow figures under the mistletoe

So, ready for some Nakayoshi fun at Tahoe? Join us on the weekend of February 8 -10, 2013 at a nice, cozy cabin near Heavenly Mountain! Spots will fill up quickly, so sign up ASAP to ensure you can join your Nakayoshi friends on the trip!

5 br + loft, 2 ba house
Heavenly Mountain Resort (www.skiheavenly.com):
– Heavenly boasts 4,800 aces of skiable terrain, making it the largest resort in California
– Heavenly’s summit is the highest in Lake Tahoe at 10,067
– At 3,500 feet in length, Heavenly’s vertical drop is the longest in California
– Straddling California and Nevada, Heavenly offers not one, but two states to explore

Other Options:
-Not a skier/snowboarder but still want to come on the trip to hang out at the cabin and play in the snow? No problem! Join us!

– Lift tickets and any possible equipment rentals or lessons are NOT included in the registration package. Visit Heavenly Mountain Resort’s official website for rates/lesson infos.
Cost: Please note that registration this year does NOT include lift tickets! Registration costs cover 2 nights cabin lodging and 3 meals, and will also help offset the cost of any necessary car rentals. Please drive and help us carpool if you are able! We will do our best to match up drivers and carpools based on availability and location.
Drivers will receive a discounted registration rate.

Regular Registration – $85
Driver Registration – $55
In order to reserve your spot for the trip, please fill out our online registration form and send in a signed copy of our liability waiver with your payment by January 31, 2013. View the Online Registration Form for more information:

Nakayoshi Ski Trip Online Registration Form on Google Docs: Click Here

Nakayoshi Ski Trip Waiver on Google Docs: Click Here
Space is limited, so make sure you and your friends send in your registration, waiver and payment to be guaranteed a spot! The deadline to reserve is January 31, 2012. Hope to see you on the slopes!

Have any questions? E-mail trip coordinator Natsumi Inoue directly at npinoue[at]gmail.com

Join Nakayoshi at the Warriors Asian Heritage Night

Join Nakayoshi at the Warriors Asian Heritage Night on February, 12, 2013. A commemorative Warriors Giveaway is included with every special event ticket, and after the game, attend a special postgame Q&A with Jeremy Lin! A portion of each ticket sold will benefit our community partner – AsianWeek Foundation’s hepatitis B awareness efforts!

We’ve purchased a block of tickets for Nakayoshi members to sit together this game. Email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com to reserve your ticket now. Act quick as we only have a limited number of tickets available. Each ticket is $26 and located in the Corner section. You must email us and confirm with us to receive one of your ticket.

Once the Nakayoshi group tickets run out you may purchase tickets directly with the Warriors at www.warriors.com/asianheritage – keep in mind that a portion of each ticket for this event will benefit the AsianWeek Foundation whether you buy one of our tickets or separately.

Let’s go Warriors!

Dodging for Dollars with JCCCNC

Thanks for everyone who participated in the JCCCNC Dodging for Dollars Tournament. Although we didn’t win the grand prize we all had fun and met other community groups in the process. We’d also like to thank everyone who came out to support the players. Special thanks to Sarah for taking all these photos! Looking forward to more of these events in the future!

Having fun at Sansei Live!

Thanks to all who came out to Sansei Live last weekend!

Squeezing in some Pikapika fun at Sansei Live

Good company, great music, dressing classy and dancing cheesy all made for a great night.

We hope you had a blast 🙂

A look back at Summer…

Even though San Francisco’s JUST started to actually get warm, Summer 2012 is officially over! Nakayoshi Core’s had a lot of fun planning all our events, from the Summer BBQ to the Camping Trip, volunteering at Mountain View’s Obon to kicking back and relaxing on Potluck and Games Night… Thanks to all of you who made it out, and hope you’ve had fun! We have lots of events coming up (including Sansei Live tomorrow), so looking forward to seeing and meeting more people soon!