Social Event: 2015 Nakayoshi Young Professional’s 7th Annual Welcome BBQ

From 2014 Nakayoshi YP Welcome BBQ!
From 2014 Nakayoshi YP Welcome BBQ!

Save the date for Nakayoshi Young Professional’s 7th annual Welcome BBQ!

Date:  Saturday, June 20th 2015
Time: 11:0am to 4:00pm
Location: Stow Lake Boathouse Picnic Area in San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Nakayoshi’s Welcome BBQ is our biggest social event, providing participants the opportunity to meet with Nakayoshi members and learn what Nakayoshi is all about.

Here are some highlights of why you should join us at our Welcome BBQ event:

* It’s a FREE event! Feel free to bring your friends, co-workers, and anyone else who would be interested!

* Meet Nakayoshi members, learn more about Nakayoshi, and make new friends from the community

* Show off your cooking skills by bringing your delicious snacks/food! Please let us know what you’ll be bringing for our potluck by filling out the following Google doc:

* The event will take place in Golden Gate Park, at Stow Lake Boathouse Picnic Area. The picnic area at Stow Lake is on Stow Lake Drive, at the far end of the parking lot across from the Boathouse.On Saturdays (Apr-Sept) and Sundays (year round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive; access is only from MLK Drive.

RSVP by Facebook Event, or email us at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you there!

~ Nakayoshi Core Committee


Nakayoshi Young Professionals is a group of young professionals, recent college grads, and in general any young adults in the San Francisco Bay Area looking to get involved or reconnected with the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. We’re always making sure we bring you the latest community events and opportunities to network, socialize or give back. Focused on catering to the lifestyle of a young professional, Nakayoshi allows you to choose your own level of involvement and gives you the opportunity to voice what types of events or issues you’re interested in.

Social Event: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors


Nakayoshi is joining the San Francisco Japanese American Citizen’s League and going to see the comedy group 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.  The Mighty Mountain Warriors have 20 years of sketch comedy experience and are back on tour.

Key Details:

  • Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 9th St #290, Oakland, California 94607
  • When: Saturday February 28th 8pm
  • Why: For some excellent laughs.

The first 10 people joining through Nakayoshi get in free.  Reserve a spot with our form.  Late comers can help support the JACL with a full priced ticket of $20.  General Seating tickets are available here.

We’ll contact everyone that signs up with a confirmation. If you have any questions, contact us at nakayoshi.ncwnp[at]gmail[dot]com.

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!

JACL and Direct Relief International Join Together for Japan Relief and Recovery Effort

JACL and Direct Relief International
Join Together for
Japan Relief and Recovery Effort
PRESS RELEASE                                                                     For Immediate Release      
Contact: Floyd Mori                                                                                            
National Executive Director                                                                                     
SAN FRANCISCO, CA., March 15, 2011 — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) today announced that it has joined with Direct Relief International in an effort to support relief and recovery efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The JACL, founded in 1929, is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States and has a chapter in Japan.  Direct Relief International, established in 1948, is a privately funded humanitarian organization with decades-long experience in emergency response and humanitarian health assistance worldwide.  The organizations joined together in the face of this huge crisis in Japan to ensure that contributions to assist Japan are used in the most productive and efficient manner possible.  100% of funds donated to the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, which will be managed by Direct Relief International, will be dedicated exclusively to relief and recovery efforts in Japan.

Floyd Mori, National Executive Director of the JACL, said: “The JACL has formed this partnership with Direct Relief International because of the large number of inquiries of concerned members, partners, and friends who are anxious to help in a meaningful way and who want to join with the JACL in doing so.  We thank all those who have already contributed and encourage others to join the JACL and Direct Relief in this worthwhile effort.”

“Direct Relief’s long experience in emergency response and efficient, transparent use of donated funds and JACL’s extensive network both within the United States and in Japan, will ensure that resources made available for this crisis are well managed, well spent, and used in the most productive manner possible,” said Direct Relief CEO and President Thomas Tighe.

Direct Relief’s Director of International Programs and Emergency Response, Brett Williams, is traveling to Japan this week.  Williams has led the organization’s extensive assistance to Haiti, where Direct Relief has been the largest provider of medical material and aid (800 tons worth $60 million) since the Haiti quake in January 2010.  Similar aid is expected for Japan.

Mori and Tighe issued the following joint statement: “This is a massive, complex emergency in Japan that we recognize is beyond the capacity of any one organization to address fully so we believe this collaboration makes great sense, and we encourage other people, businesses, and organizations to join together to support people in Japan at this most difficult time.”

Anyone wishing to contribute in this manner may visit the JACL website at and click on the link provided. 

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About Japanese American Citizens League

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization concerned with issues of education, public policy and leadership development. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the JACL promotes public awareness about the history and achievements of Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI), identifies and trains youth for leadership and service, and pursues public policy issues that affect the AAPI community. The JACL headquarters is located in San Francisco with additional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C.