Nakayoshi Bi-weekly Update No. 2 – October 15, 2008

Nakayoshi is implementing a biweekly update on upcoming Nakayoshi events that we will send every two weeks to all members of our e-mail list, Facebook group, and post on the Nakayoshi Blog at

Hey Nakayoshi members! Here’s the second bi-weekly update for the month of October. Our North Beach Crawl social event is coming up this Friday, so be sure to bring your (21+) friends for a fun night out on the town! Check out our volunteering opportunity if you’re free on Halloween, and mark your calendars for our upcoming events in November and December, including the start of our cooking class series, group dating, and a Warriors NBA game!

In this update (new events in bold):
10/17/08 – North Beach Crawl
10/18/08 – Sansei Live! Volunteer Event
10/26/08 – Nakayoshi Monthly Meeting
10/31/08 – Trick or Vote Volunteer Event
11/9/08 – Nakayoshi Cooking Class Series: Sushi
11/13/08 – Nakayoshi Gokon (Group Blind Date)
12/12/08 – Golden State Warriors Asian American Heritage Night

REMINDER: CA mail-in voter registration deadline is Oct. 20, 2008. Go to for voter registration information.

October Events
View Nakayoshi’s online event calendar here.

Friday, October 17 Social Event: Nakayoshi North Beach Crawl
Join Nakayoshi as we traipse around San Francisco’s North Beach district and sample the area’s lively night life. The evening will start off casually at the San Francisco Brewing Co. on Columbus at 9:00pm, then we’ll move on and see where the night takes us! Dress to anticipate meeting possible dress codes. The event is open to anyone 21+. E-mail if you’re coming, have questions, or if requesting a particular spot in the area for us to drop by.

Location: Start at San Francisco Brewing Co., 155 Columbus (cross street: Jackson), San Francisco, CA 94133 map
Time: 9:00pm

Saturday, October 18 Volunteer Event: Sansei Live!
– Volunteer Sign-ups CLOSED

Thank you to those who signed up to volunteer! Nakayoshi will be volunteering at the 25th Annual Sansei Live!, an annual benefit that supports Kimochi, Inc., an organization that provides various programs and assistive services to senior citizens in San Francisco Japantown.

Location: Presidio Officer’s Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129 map
Time: 5:30pm-11:30pm (actual volunteer shift info to be e-mailed to volunteers)

Sunday, October 26 Nakayoshi Monthly Meeting
As always, we’d love to see new and old faces at our monthly meetings to give us feedback and help us plan future Nakayoshi events and activities! Meetings are held on the last Sunday of every month from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the National JACL Headquarters building in San Francisco Japantown.

Location: National JACL Headquarters, 1765 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115 map
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, October 31 Volunteer Event: Trick or Vote!
Nakayoshi members will be helping out Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ) put on their afterparty in Oakland for the high school students who participate in their Trick or Vote event. Volunteers will be organizing games and activities for the party. For more information on the event, click here. To get involved please contact Amanda Wake at amanda [at] reproductivejustice [dot] org or 510-434-7900 x302.

Location: East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd. at 23rd Ave, Oakland, CA map
Time: 7:00-9:00pm

November Events: Save these dates!

Sunday, November 9 – Tabemasho! (Let’s Eat!) Nakayoshi’s Cooking Class Series Kick Off
Food Topic: Sushi

Come out to mingle with other Nakayoshi members and learn the process of basic sushi-making, from preparing sushi rice to rolling techniques for that perfect and delicious hand roll! The class will be taught by Nakayoshi members Graig and Sean Inaba, with 12 years of professional experience of sushi-making instruction between the two of them. All materials and supplies will be provided by Nakayoshi. Space for this event is limited to the first 20 paid participants, so contact us ASAP to ensure a spot in the class!

Price: $40 general public, $35 for JACL members (make checks payable to “NCWNP JACL”)
Location: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of California (
JCCCNC), Issei Memorial Hall, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm

Nakayoshi Gokon!
Who: First 5 ladies and 5 fellas to RSVP to (be sure to include any dietary limitations). Single folks only!
What: A Konpa or Gokon is a Japanese gathering over drinks and food and could be described as a group blind date.
When: Thursday, November 13th, 6:30 pm
Where: San Francisco’s New Pisco Latin Lounge (warning: website has embedded music)
1817 Market St. @ Octavia (map)
Why: Meet some new people and make some new friends (and potentially more!).
Cost: $20-$30 (price TBA) which will include food and drinks

Looking forward to some good grub and good times!

Other dates and events:
Saturday, November 15 – Nakayoshi Thanksgiving Potluck
Friday, November 21 – Nakayoshi Social Event
Sunday, November 23 – Nakayoshi Monthly Meeting

December Events:

Friday, December 12 – Golden State Warriors Asian American Heritage Night
Are you a basketball fan? Want to go to an NBA game? Come watch our boys on the Warriors take on Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets and help raise money for Nakayoshi at the same time! Tickets to the Golden State Warriors Asian American heritage night will also include a commemorative t-shirt and access to an exclusive pre-game mixer!

Purchase tickets at the special $40 rate for Nakayoshi online at Ticketmaster at and enter special offer code nakayoshi, then create an account or login with your existing Ticketmaster account to purchase tickets. Have questions? Contact Nakayoshi member Emily Leach at emily [dot] leach [at] gmail [dot] com for additional information.

Price: $40/ticket (purchase online here, special offer code nakayoshi).
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 7:30pm

All events are free and open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to forward this message along to your friends or anyone interested. Not on the Nakayoshi e-mail list? Click here to subscribe. Have questions? Want to sign up or RSVP for an event? E-mail Nakayoshi at: For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog at

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