March has quickly come and gone and boy did we have a busy month! But April may top the cake as Nakayoshi hits it into high gear this spring, starting off with San Francisco’s 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in the heart of Japantown!

Check out all the exciting events and socials coming up and mark your calendars! Come out in your spring best and get involved! Our committees have been working hard to make sure that we’ve got plenty to do over the next few weeks and we could always use the extra hands!

We hope to see you around soon!

In this update:
04/11-12, 04/18-19/09 – 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
04/25/09 – Monthly Social: Hiking @ Purisma Creek
04/26/09 – Volunteer @ San Jose Japantown’s Nikkei Matsuri

05/02/09 – Volunteer @ Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival
05/02/09 – Nakayoshi Monthly Meeting (time change)

Save the Date – More information to come in May’s Update!
05/15/09 – JA Heritage Night w/the SF Giant’s
05/16/09 – 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
05/17/09 – South San Francisco’s Asian American Heritage Celebration

April 11, 12 & 18, 19, 2009: 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

The 42nd annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most beautiful festivals in the city! Continuing our efforts in bringing community groups together in the spirit of unity, the festival has become a beloved part of SF’s rich cultural history and an event that encompasses the many facets of the Japanese American community. In light of this year’s festival theme Nikkei Spirit, we celebrate the beauty of the JA community through a great display of Japanese cultural heritage and pride.

Look for Nakayoshi’s booth, in partnership with the National JACL and the SF JACL Chapter and say hello! Grab a delicious teriyaki burger, shop all the amazing vendors, see all the exhibits and if you don’t have plans for Saturday night, go watch as we crown a new 2009 Cherry Blossom Queen at their Coronation program starting at 6 pm.

Saturday, April 25, 2009: Monthly Social – Hiking @ Purisma Creek

Nakayoshi’s Social Committee has worked hard to organize an amazing hiking adventure! We’ll be venturing over to beautiful Half Moon Bay and taking in the sights at one of Norcal’s most beautiful coastal spots! Bring your own lunch and enjoy a day out in the sun, walking through nature and relaxing on the beach. For more details on Hiking at Purisma Creek, check it on our blog!

For more information on this month’s social or how to get involved with the Social Committee, email

Sunday, April 26, 2009: Monthly Volunteer – San Jose Japantown’s Nikkei Matsuri
For our members in the South Bay area, our friends in the West Valley JACL Chapter has asked Nakayoshi to help volunteer at their Strawberry Shortcake booth @ the Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose’s Japantown. Check out more information on Nikkei Matsuri on their website:

There are 3 shifts and they are looking for a minimum of 5 volunteers per shift. The times are as listed:
1st shift: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
2nd shift: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
3rd shift: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

And if there are any super volunteers, they need extra hands slicing and washing strawberries from 7:00 am – 10:00 am @ San Jose Buddhist Church Kitchen. To sign up for this month’s volunteer event or for more information, email

Saturday, May 2, 2009: Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival

Join Nakayoshi as we volunteer and host the Spam Musubi Booth at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)’s annual Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Festival. In recognition of Japan’s national holiday to celebrate children, the JCCCNC presents an annual festival that includes entertainment, food & hand-on craft activities for children!

Volunteer shifts and information coming soon! Find out more on JCCCNC’s website:

Sunday, May 2, 2009: April Monthly Meeting

Hopefully we’re not too tired from volunteering @ Kodomo no Hi, because we’re being ambitious and holding our April Monthly Meeting right after our volunteer event. With April weekends full of events, we’ve sneaked our April meeting into May! Have ideas for fun socials or volunteer opportunities?

As always, we’d love to see new and old faces at our monthly meeting to give us feedback and help us plan future Nakayoshi events and activities! Come on out and get involved!

Date: Sunday, May 2nd, 2009
Location: National JACL Headquarters, 1765 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm (dinner included)

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