Happy February Nakayoshi Members! We hope 2011 has gotten off to a good start for all of you. Did any of you observe the first Fred Korematsu Day in California on January 30th? Be sure to look it up at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute website at korematsuinstitute.org if you want to know more about the heroic Japanese American the day is named after.  February also marks the observance of Day of Remembrance in memory of the forced relocation and incarceration of the Japanese American community during WWII.  Nakayoshi will be volunteering again at the Bay Area Day of Remembrance program as our official volunteer event for Q1 of 2011.  Check out details below on volunteering, as well as our other events coming up, including our social this Saturday at House of Air indoor trampoline park, our semiannual planning retreat, as well as details for our annual SKI TRIP at the beginning of March! Sign up now!

In this update:
2/12/11: Nakayoshi Social – House of AIr Indoor Trampoline Park
2/18/11: Nakayoshi Volunteering – Volunteer Orientation for DOR
2/20/11: Nakayoshi Volunteering – Bay Area Day of Remembrance: Allies and Activism
2/26/11: Semiannual Nakayoshi Planning Retreat
3/4-6/11: Nakayoshi Annual Ski Trip (Registration Deadline 2/25/11)
Other Community Events:
2/27/11: nihonmachiROOTS Shin Nisei/Issei Coffee Date

Saturday, January 12, 2011
Nakayoshi Social at House of Air Indoor Trampoline Park

What’s more fun than jumping on a trampoline? How about jumping around on 42 conjoined trampolines this Saturday with the rest of Nakayoshi? Join us for this month’s social at House of Air indoor trampoline park at Crissy Field in San Francisco on Saturday, February 12 from 8-9pm. Bring your friends and feel free to hang out with us after our hour on the trampolines!

Purchase individual tickets online at: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=12728
Price: $14. For more information, see the House of Air website at: www.houseofairsf.com

What: Nakayoshi Social at House of Air Indoor Trampoline Park
Date: Saturday, 2/12/11
Time: 8-9pm
Location: House of Air, 926 Old Mason Street (West Crissy Field), San Francisco, CA
Price: $14/hour (purchase tickets online at: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=12728
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189687857718576

Friday, February 18, 2011
Volunteer Orientation for Bay Area Day of Remembrance

This quarter, Nakayoshi’s volunteer opportunity is at the Bay Area Day of Remembrance, “Allies and Activism: Carrying the Light for Justice”. We will be helping with the Candle Light procession. For more information about the event itself: http://www.njahs.org/programs/viewdetails.php?id=235

The actual event is on Sunday, February 20th — but the organizers are having a brief volunteer orientation on the 18th at the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) in SF Japantown from 6-9pm. Please plan to attend both the orientation and the event if you are interested in volunteering. There will be pizza provided!

What: Nakayoshi Volunteer Event – Orientation Meeting for Bay Area Day of Remembrance
Date: Friday, 2/18/11
Time: 6-9pm
Location: NJAHS, 1684 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169820983064916

Sunday, February 20, 2011
2011 Bay Area Day of Remembrance: “Allies and Activism: Carrying the Light for Justice”

Day of Remembrance (DOR) has been an annual inspiring expression of the Japanese American community’s vitality. Through cultural presentations, education and a candle lighting ceremony, the event commemorates the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The Bay Area Day of Remembrance program is organized annually by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium, with support from various Japanese American and Asian American community organizations throughout the Bay Area including Nakayoshi.

**Please Note: Nakayoshi will be volunteering at this event. There is an orientation meeting prior to this event on February 18– for more information and to get updates on volunteering, please see this event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169820983064916

If you are not interested in volunteering, you are still invited to attend this event!**

Emily Murase, Ph.D., SF School Board member, Emcee
Rev. Michael Yoshii, Keynote Speech
Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco
Rev. Lloyd Wake, 2011 Clifford Uyeda Peace & Humanitarian Awardee
Japanese Latin American Redress Update
Spoken Word and Music: George Yoshida and Michael Sasaki
Rapper Colin Ehara
Kirakiraboshi Children’s Choir
Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Shakuhachi music by Masayuki Koga
Japanese American Religious Federation
Candle Light Procession

Reception follows at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Tickets: $15 door, $12 Advance. Call for group rates (415) 921-5007
More info: www.dayofremembrance.org

Bay Area DOR Consortium Supporting Organizations (Partial List):
Asian Improv aRts – Asian Law Caucus – API Legal Outreach – Campaign for Justice-Redress – Now for Japanese Latin Americans! – Center for Asian American Media – Japanese American Citizens League San Francisco Chapter – Jtown Arts – Nihonmachi ROOTS – Nakayoshi Young Professionals – Japanese American Religious Federation – Japanese Community Youth Council – Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California – Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project – Kimochi, Inc. – National Japanese American Historical Society – Nihonmachi Little Friends – Rosa Parks School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program – Tule Lake Committee

Saturday, February 26, 2011
February Monthly Meeting/Semiannual Planning Retreat

This month Nakayoshi core is holding its semiannual retreat in place of our normal monthly meeting. Nakayoshi core holds day-long retreats twice a year for us to evaluate our progress, plan the next few months of activities, set goals for continued growth of the organization, but most importantly, to have fun! Anyone looking to get more involved with Nakayoshi is invited to come!

Retreat location in SF Japantown is currently being finalized, more information on location to follow. Save the date on your calendar!

What: February Monthly Meeting/Semiannual Planning Retreat
Date: Saturday, 2/26/11
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: TBD (San Francisco Japantown)
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197108560315219

Weekend of March 4-6, 2011
3rd Annual Nakayoshi Tahoe Ski Trip

At Nakayoshi, not only do we put in time to volunteer for great causes, but also get together to socialize, network, and have all-around fun. Therefore, every year, we put together a trip to Tahoe to enjoy the snow in the company of good friends. Spots are filling up fast, so sign up ASAP!

4 br + loft, 3.5 ba house
Sugar Bowl Ski Resort:
– 4 Peaks
– 95 Trails
Other Options:
– you are welcome to enjoy any other outdoor activity (ice skating, snowshoeing, etc.) if you’re not keen on carving down the mountain
Meals Provided:
sat: breakfast & dinner
sun: breakfast
option A: $110/person
– lodging
– meals
– gas for drive up/down
– lift ticket
– rentals are not covered
option B: $60/person
– lodging
– meals
– gas for drive up/down
Carpools will be organized once the guest-list is confirmed. All drivers will receive a stipend for gas and priority sleeping arrangements at the cabin!
In order to reserve your spot for the trip, please send an email request to
– with the subject: “2011 ski trip”
Space is limited, so only the first 25 persons to send in the signed-waiver and payment will be guaranteed a spot. The deadline to reserve is February 25th (one week before the trip). Hope to see you on the slopes!

Other Community Events:
Sunday, February 27, 2011
nihonmachiROOTS Shin Nisei/Issei Coffee Date

This event is hosted by the nihonmachiROOTS group- an organization of young people striving to keep the culture and history of SF Japantown alive and well. This event is geared toward “Shin-Nisei” and “Shin-Issei,” people who are newer first or second generation of Japanese Americans. If either your father or mother was born in Japan- you are a shin-nisei! If you were born in Japan, you’re a shin-issei! Though similar perhaps to yonsei- fourth generation Japanese Americans, there are some things that set shin-nisei apart…this coffee date will be the time to discuss these interesting and sometimes silly differences. nihonmachiROOTS has compiled a list of “You Know You Are Shin-Nisei When…”. It will be great laughs and good company. Please join us in the festivities!!!

What: nihonmachiROOTS Shin-Nisei/Issei Coffee Date ~ building a community of Shin Nisei and Shin Issei ~
When: Sunday, February 27, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Where: NEW PEOPLE (Cafe in lobby): 1746 Post St., SF, CA 94115 (btwn Buchanan & Webster)
Hosted by: nihonmachiROOTS
RSVP to nihonmachiROOTS@gmail.com or
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185599568139462

All Nakayoshi 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 nakayoshi.ncwnp. For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog or find our group page on Facebook! Nakayoshi is a program sponsored by the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District of the Japanese American Citizens League.