Category: Community


Local Spotlight: Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

Over the decades, Little Tokyo has adjusted to and improved with the constant change of society.  Take a casual stroll down First Street and you’ll see the stripes on the ground, indicating the numerous hotels, restaurants, and stores that have come and gone over the years.  But take a peek at what currently exists, and […]

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Bringing Community to College

The Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) program provides college students with the unconventional opportunity to be fully submerged in work and “play”.  The program runs for eight weeks, with each week consisting of the “4-plus-1” design: 4 days of interning at a chosen non-profit/for-profit within (or serving) the Japanese-American community, and 1 day for learning more […]

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Obon Odori & Festivals in CA: July 13-14

This weekend, there are a lot of Obon dances and festivals happening in the NorCal and SoCal areas.  So, if you’re looking for some fun, family-friendly things to do, check out these local events: NorCal Events Obon Festival @Fresno Buddhist Dharma Center Date: Saturday, July 13 Location: 2690 East Alluvial Avenue (between Chestnut & Willow) […]

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Staff Review: TaikoProject

On June 29, professional taiko performance group, TaikoProject, took stage at the Ford Amphitheatre alongside other groups in the TaikoProject family for their annual Rhythmic Relations collaboration concert.  The venue was packed with people of all ages, eager to celebrate the warm weather in an exciting live summer concert.  One of our account executives, Joshua […]

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4th of July Celebrations in CA

Check out some of these local Independence Day celebrations… NorCal Events Rose, White & Blue Parade and Picnic in San Jose Cost: Free (note: does not include price of food available for purchase at the picnic) Location: Parade begins at Lincoln High School, 555 Dana Ave. Hours: Parade starts @10am Picnic on The Alameda starts @11am […]

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5 Tips for Obon Festivals

With the arrival of 8pm sunsets and 100 degree weather, comes another summer favorite: Obon festival season!  If you attend an Obon festival, you know that there are so many fun things to do – from Obon dancing to sampling all the yummy foods, to bingo competitions and carnival games, and shopping for small Japanese […]

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Obon: A Japanese Summer Festival

In Japanese culture, the beginning of summer marks the start of the Obon season.  The Obon is a summer festival which plays a significant part in Japanese and Japanese-American tradition, bringing together the local communities and Buddhist temples.  The 2013 Obon season in Southern California kicked off last weekend in Sun Valley. In Japan, most […]

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