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:

Volunteers: Please bring hats/hairnets and aprons!

Questions? E-mail us at

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:

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:

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

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:

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!

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!

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!


Volunteer Event: JCCCNC Children’s Day Festival – Spam and Arts & Crafts

Join Nakayoshi and sell spam musubis or make arts & crafts at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)’s Children’s Day Festival this year. Nakayoshi will be operating the spam musubi booth at the annual Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day) Festival in SF Japantown on Saturday, May 4th, 2013. All proceeds will be donated to the JCCCNC.

You have the option (or do both!) of volunteering for the following fun festival booths:
1) Spam Musubi booth/kitchen
— [Shift 1] 8:30am-12:30pm (prep, cook,selling)
— [Shift 2] 12:00pm to 4:00pm (selling, cook, clean-up)

2) Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Arts and Crafts Table
— [Shift 1] 11:00am – 12:30pm
— [Shift 2] 12:30pm – 2:00pm
— [Shift 3] 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Sign up for a shift by following this link:

Spam Musubi Volunteers – Please bring a hat or similar covering for your hair for when you are preparing and handling food. Aprons also recommended.

If you are unable to volunteer but will be at the festival, stop by our booth, say hello and buy our delicious musubis or make beauitful arts and crafts 🙂 Festival runs in Japantown Peace Plaza from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival! If you have any questions, please contact Natsumi Inoue at npinoue[at]

Oshogatsu Festival at the JCCCNC!


Thanks to those who helped out at the JCCCNC Oshogatsu Festival on Saturday, January 12.  Check out the photos that were taken at the event under the “Media” section of this site.  We’d love for you to join us in volunteering again next year.

Akemashite Omedetou!



Volunteer at the 42nd Annual JCCCNC Oshogatsu Matsuri (New Year’s Festival)!

Ring in the New Year 2013 with Nakayoshi Young Professionals by volunteering with us at the 42nd Annual Oshogatsu Matsuri (New Year’s Festival) on Saturday, January 12th at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC – 1840 Sutter St. in Japantown). This is an exciting community event for all!  There will be cultural arts & crafts, Mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding), Ozoni (traditional Japanese New Year’s soup), great entertainment, food screen printing, and an art contest for children, so be sure to invite your family and friends.  If you are unable to volunteer, the JCCCNC is accepting monetary donations to support the festival in addition to prize donations for the winners of the children’s art contest.

Simply follow the link to sign up for volunteer shifts in setting up the gymnasium (from 10-11 a.m.), assistance at the JACL’s Arts and Crafts table (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), and/or clean-up afterwards (3-4 p.m.):, and if you’re on Facebook, hit “attending” in our event page at  For further inquiries, the person to contact is Haruka Roudebush at haruka.roudebush”@”

Thanks and Happy Holidays to you all!

Volunteer event at the SF Food Bank

On Saturday, November 3rd, we volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank.  In the first shift, Graig, Hisae, Atsushi, and Erika sorted corn which we divided according to freshness into separate boxes.  Later when Hisae and Erika completed their task of sorting corn following break time, they joined Graig and Atsushi in filling medium-sized cardboard boxes, assembled by volunteers, with squash until the end of the first shift.

The second shift began at 12:30, and Graig, Keith, and Erika were off to box carrots.  Keith taped boxes and Graig and Erika along with other volunteers filled them with carrots.  It was uplifting to volunteer alongside so many who devote their time and effort to such an important cause which allows families and individuals to live comfortably and survive.  After their break, volunteers were directed to form an assembly line in a group of six at each table to bag rice.  Erika and Keith scooped rice from their sacks into a large bin and also scooped rice into plastic bags.  Graig was responsible for ensuring that the bag of rice weighed exactly one pound.  The last steps in the assembly line entailed one volunteer to seal the bags and another to label them with a sticker.

Towards the end, the supervisor gave a very heartfelt speech that expressed their utmost appreciation and gratitude to all the volunteers.  Afterwards, Erika, Keith, and Graig went on the tour to gain more in-depth knowledge about the organization.  All of our volunteers had an enjoyable and rewarding experience volunteering for the SF Food Bank.  For more information on the organization and to learn about all the ways in which you can help, check out their website,

Nakayoshi Volunteer Event: End hunger with the San Francisco Food Bank!

Join us in demonstrating our utmost appreciation and support for the San Francisco Food Bank in the month of Thanksgiving through volunteering.  We’ll be sorting and packaging the food we distribute to food pantries, children’s snack programs and soup kitchens throughout the city.  We could be gleaning fresh produce, repackaging bulk food into family-sized quantities, assembling grocery boxes for seniors, and/or sorting donations from food drives and grocery stores.  In a single shift, you’ll be helping thousands of people get the food they need!  This will happen on Saturday, November 3rd at the SF Food Bank located at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue.  If you want to get involved in their mission to end hunger in the Bay Area, follow the link to sign-up and to let us know which shift you’re doing since there are 2 options (one starting at 9-noon and the other from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m.):

Please note the following:
-closed-toe shoes are required (no sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes allowed)
-wear casual and clean clothing, long pants, securely fastened jewellery, and comfortable shoes
-dressing in layers is suggested
-volunteers are asked to sign in upon arrival
-enter the building through their receiving entrance on the south side of the building near the loading dock

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Erika Shimizu at Thanks!