Category: Community


Day of Remembrance 2017

A day of remembrance can be a day of reflection for any major event that has affected the community. For the Japanese American community, Day of Remembrance or ‘DOR’ refers to February 19th, a day commemorating the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive […]

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Heavenly Treasures: Changing Lives Through Micro-Enterprise



On Saturday night, we attended the Heavenly Treasures gala held in the beautiful Sony Studios atrium nestled in the middle of Culver City. The mission of Heavenly Treasures is to assist those in countries facing poverty by supplementing their existing incomes by creating micro-enterprises for them to make and sell unique handicraft projects. Heavenly Treasures has […]

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Hello Kitty Comes to JANM!!!

Weighing in at about 3 apples and standing 5 whole apples tall, this icon of Japanese popular culture has become one of most popular fictional characters in the world. Hello Kitty was created in Japan in 1974 making this year, 2014 its 40th anniversary! In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday, the Japanese American National […]

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Obon Festival Season is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here… and so is obon festival season! In our “Obon: A Japanese Summer Festival” post, we gave you a brief overview of the cultural significance of the event and what to expect if you have never been to an obon festival. Obon is a fun, celebratory event that brings together families, friends, and […]

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This Weekend: Japanese American Events & Activities Around California

There are many Japanese American festivals and events going on around California this weekend! If you’re looking for something fun to do, check out one of these events near you: Northern California Nikkei Matsuri Sunday, April 27 9:30am-4:00pm 5th & Jackson Street, San Jose Japantown Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Activities Sunday, April 27 10:00am-3:30pm […]

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Fun Things to do This Weekend: March 14-16, 2014

Forecasters predict sunny weather throughout the state this weekend! Enjoy the wonderful weather outside with these 8 fun weekend events: Northern California: After-Hours Pi-Day Celebration at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Friday, March 14; 6:30-8:00pm The Whole Body Fitness Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Saturday, March 15; 10:00am-4:00pm Hit & Run 5K race […]

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