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Artists Help Japan

Saturday, March 26th @ 2:00, 4:30, 7:00
Hula Girls
Fukushima Based Film “HULA GIRLS” to Raise Funds for Relief
at VIZ Cinema

Monday, March 28, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Keizai Society – Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund
Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Candlelight Vigil

Tues, Mar 29 Artists for JapanToronto Arts Community

Thursday, March 31, from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Humanitarian Asians and Pacific Islanders (HAPI) Fundraising Hour for Japan

Sat. Apr 2, 7pm
Give2Asia: Artists Help Japan – Earthquake&Tsunami 2011

Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-2pm
Bakesale for Japan
San Jose Japantown

Saturday, April 2 ·
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Benefit Concert for Japan
ViBO Music School – San Bruno
488 San Mateo Avenue
San Bruno, CA

Saturday, April 2 ·


Matsuri! Arts Festival to benefit Japanese Earthquake Tsunami Relief

Downtown Santa Rosa Arts District South of A Street (SOFA)

Saturday, April 2 ·

Kokua Japan San Francisco Benefit Concert

Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets, San Francisco

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chefs United for Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Farm Aid Dinner
Prospect Restaurant
San Francisco , CA

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Oakland Athletics Japanese Heritage Day

Athletics Stadium, Oakland

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Mtn View Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church
195 N. Rengstorff Ave Mtn View

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Christ United Presbyterian Church
1700 Sutter St. San Francisco

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Apr 1- Apr 8, 2011

Buy an Oatmeal book and Help Japan

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hope to Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief

Hotel Nikko (San Francisco)

April 5 through April 19, 2011

Jewelers for Japan

presented by ajaline

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Project 1

251 Rhode Island

San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, April 7  7:00pm – 11:00pm
Rise Japan Fundraiser at Arc Arc Studios & Gallery – 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Writers for Japan

Fresno Fundraiser

Thursday, April 7  7:00pm – 9:00pmWriters for Japan Fresno FundraiserMr Sushi
724 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA

Friday, April 8 7pm-11:30pmBands for JapanBrixton Windmill
22 Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5BZ
London, United Kingdom

Friday, April 8
5pm-8pmWe Love You Japan FundraiserUrban Tavern – SF Hilton Cheval Room
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, April 9
Yoshi’s San Francisco, from 1pm to 4pm.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Christ United Presbyterian Church
1700 Sutter St. San Francisco

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April 9-10

Tsunami Fundraising Event: Turkish Food & Craft Sale

3435 W. Esplanade Ave.

Metairie, LA 70002

Sunday, April 10

Kaeru – To help Japan

Sakura Gakuen
6650 Owens Dr. Pleasanton

Sunday, April 10

Hanamatsuri Luncheon & Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fundraiser


Lodi JACL Hall

210 E.Elm Street

Lodi, CA 95240

Sunday, April 10 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Jam for Japan

Savanna Jazz

2937 Mission St. @ 26th Ave.

San Francisco, CA

Saturday and Sunday,
April 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 2011

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

Japantown (@ Post & Buchanan Streets), San Francisco
Sunday, April 10

Relief Fund: Prayer

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Grace Cathedral
1100 California
San Francisco, CA

Thursday, April 14 ·
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Deco Lounge
544 Larkin
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, April 10

Kokua Japan Benefit Concert

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Honolulu, Hawaii

Sunday, April 10
H.B. Fuller-Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund
E&O Trading Company, SF

Monday, April 11,

Our Hearts to Japan
Peace Plaza
Japantown, San Franciscop

Wednesday, April 13,

Dreams Finally Realized

University of California, Berkeley Campus
Multicultural Community Center
Berkeley, CA

Thurs, April 14,

Charito & Friends
Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (@18th St.)
Oakland, CA

Thurs, April 14,

Benefit Concert for Japan
Relief Efforts
When: Thursday, April 14th
from 6:00pm-11:30pm
Vancouver Island Conference Centre
$50 and includes a buffet dinner
All proceeds from the concert will
go directly to Saitama City to aid
in their relief efforts.

Friday, April 15, 12 noon
BAP benefit auction
Engineering Building 287
San Jose State University
To help raise funds for Japan tsunami crisis

Saturday, April 16, 12 noon JAPAN RESTART – Charity Concert for Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund 2011Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Japan Town1881 Post StreetSan Francisco, CA 94115

Ivy-wide Mixer
Japan Earthquake Relief
Saturday, April 16,
Ivy-wide mixer
Japan Earthquake Relief

Stanford Alum, Harvard Business School

Sunday, April 17,
Music for Japan Charity Concert
Sony Electronics Inc. – Building 1, Floor 1
16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127

Now til April 25, 2011Cranes for KidsGiving Hope to the Children of JapanCarter’s

OshKosh B’Gosh

Zumba Fundraiser for Japan Relief

4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 10:45-11:45amZumba Fundraiser for Japan ReliefAkiyama Wellness Center110 Jackson St. San Jose

Date: April 20 (Wednesday)
Time: 6pm to 8pm
HCCNC, and Asian Firefighters Association (AFA)

Steven Espaniola

Mercury Lounge
1582 Folsom Street (@12th St.), SOMA

April 20-21
Technical Webinars to Support Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

April 21
AFTER THE DELUGE: – A panel discussion on long-term implications for Japan, organized by JPRI in San Francisco
This free event, co-sponsored by Give2Asia, will take place at USF Main Campus, at Fromm Hall.

Saturday April 23
Thousand Hearts Benefit Concert with HIROSHIMA and Quest Crew
7:00pm – 12:00 midnight

Pasadena Auditorium
300 East Green St. Pasadena CA

Saturday April 23
Disater Relief Benefit
7:00pm – 12:00 midnight

Just Dance, KickBack Band
2500 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606

Saturday April 23
Help Japan Concert
7:30pm – 9:30pmt

Rio Theatre Santa Cruz
1205 Soquel Avenue

Saturday April 23
We Are One Island
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St., Ste 290 (2nd Floor, Pacific Renaissance Plaza)
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Wednesday April 27

Guest Chef for the Night

Helping One Million Lights

Red Crane Restaurant
7335 Bollinger Rd, Suite C
Cupertino, CA 95014
tel: 408.725.1990

Thursday April 28

Peterson Japan Relief Raffle
Contact Ms. Lawlor
Peterson Middle School

Thursday Apr 28 – Sat Apr 30. 5:00pm – 8pm

Bay Area Artists for Japan

Mina Dresden Gallery 312 Vaencia St. SF

Friday April 29 8:00pm (doors open at 7pm) Play for Japan The Opening Benefit Concert featuring Anne Akiko Meyers

Woodside High School Performing Arts Center

199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside, CA 94062

Saturday April 30 e-Waste Recycling Event 9am – 4pm

Morgan Hill, CA

Saturday April 30 – Sunday May 1 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival 10am – 5pm

Memorial Park on Stevens Creek Boulevard across from De Anza College in Cupertino

Saturday April 30

8pm – 11pm Holla For Japan: A Benefit Concert The Bitter End

147 Bleecker St. New York, NY

Music for Japan

Saturday Apr 30, 6pm

May 1 12pm

West Bay Conference Center (1290 Fillmore St. Eddy+Fillmore)

Sunday May 1, 2011

Yu-Ai Kai Nihonmachi Run

Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown map

Sunday May 1, 2011


34th Annual Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown map

Sunday May 1, 2011

Run for Japan USA

3.5k Fun Walk, 8K Fun Run
Shoreline Park, Mtn. View, CA

Sat. May 7, 2011


Ukulele Jam To Benefit Japan’s Tsunami Survivors

Waikoloa Bowl

Second Life Japan Relief Fundraiser May 14-29, 2011

Second Life Japan Relief Fundraiser
This Second Life

Hula Performance & Fundraiser
for Japan Relief

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Keaka O Kalani

Avalon Ballroom
<p.6185 Arapahoe Blvd

East Boulder, CO

Asian Pacific Development Center

Thurs May 19, 2011

Art at NIGHT at the
Chinese Culture Center
White Ink and Sumie Sounds
Francis Wong 

Japanese Community Night~Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

Friday, May 20, 2011

San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners
and Japanese star Ichiro.

Join us for a great evening of baseball, featuring discounted tickets and an optional pre-game picnic. This is an Earthquake/Tsunami Relief fundraiser
and $ 5 from every ticket sold will be donated to relief efforts in Japan.

Avalon Ballroom
<p.6185 Arapahoe Blvd

East Boulder, CO
Japan Society

Sat, May 21, 2011

Ganbatte Japan Live Auction & Music

Founder’s Den
665 3rd street.
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, May 21, 2011

10am – 5pm Matsuri of faith and praise

Fait United Methodist Church

2115 West 182nd St. Torrance CA 90504


Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Sun Always Rises
A Beneift for Japan

ACT – A Theatre of New Ideas

Featuring One World Taiko, Kaze Daiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko

700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Artists From The Heart
5pm Art Exhibit, Food
7pm Performances

Nihonmachi Terrace
1615 Sutter Street, (Japan Town)
San Francisco.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
5pm -8pm
Hillsborough Rqcquet Club

252 El Cerrito
Hillsborough, CA 94010

Millbrae Patch
More Info
Ms. Nobuko Isomata
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Tuesday May 24, 2011

The Nuclear Energy and Economic Impacts of Japan’s Recent Crisis
Keizai Society
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Rd. Palo Alto

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Oakland Asian Cultural Center &
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth St.
Suite 290
Oakland, CA

Wednesday May 25, 2011

Fundraiser for the Children in Japan
Sugar Cafe, Downtown SF
679 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Thursday May 26, 2011

Kabuki Cabaret,
A Benefit for Japan Relief
Brenda Wong Aoki
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, California
The Telegraph

Friday-Sunday May 27-29, 2011

Hiroshima at Yoshi’s Oakland
A Benefit for Japan Relief
The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City
Association Fundraiser
Proceeds will be donated to JCCCNC
for Northern Japan Earthquake Relief.
Tickets are limited SUNDAY, MAY 29th
(6pm “meet & greet the band”/
7pm concert)
$40 for tickets

Friday May 27, 2011

Songs for Relief
A Benefit for Japan Relief
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA
Bay Area chamber groups will join
local musicians and young artists from
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Friday May 27, 2011

Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho Benefit Concert for Japan Relief

Akiyama Wellness Center
San Jose, CA
Akiyama Wellness Center
110 Jackson Street
San Jose, CA 95112
United States

Fri, Jun 3, 2011

International Russian Music
Piano Competition

Benefit Concert for the People of Japan

Le Petit Trianon Theatre
72 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112-5417

Fri, Jun 3, 2011

International Russian Music
Piano Competition

Benefit Concert for the People of Japan

Le Petit Trianon Theatre
72 North 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112-5417

Friday, June 3, 2011

Champion Dancer Cheryl Burke
Japan Relief Fundraiser

Second anniversary studio dance party
to raise funds for the Japan earthquake
and tsunami relief effort.

28221 Crown Valley Pkwy,

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Laguna Niguel Patch

Weekly Event, 2011

Raisingawareness and aiding Japan Earthquake Relief

Cutie & Cocoa

Friday June 3, 2011

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Giants Annual Japanese Heritage Night
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Friday June 3, 2011

a new volunteer fundraising event
for Japan Relief

Cukui Clothing Company

229 Jackson Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Tel: 408 899 2768

Saturday June 4, 2011

Japan Relief Benefit:
Artist Talk with Ken Matsumoto
Iwasawa Oriental Art
75 University Avenue
Los Gatos, CA
Japan Society of Northern California

Sat June 4, 2011

Preserver, Japan
Japanese Student Association

San Jose State University

Saturday June 11, 2011

Hula to Help Japan
Halau Na Wai Ola

A call out to all hula dancers!!

Yu Ai Kai’s Akiyama Center, Basketball Courts
110 Jackson Street, San Jose, CA

Wednesday June 29, 2011

6pm – 9pm
“Turning Crisis Into Opportunity – What SV Can Do To Help Rebuild Japan”
Keizai Society
PARC, Palo Alto Research Corp


Sunday, Jul 24, 2011, 5pm

Helping Japan #5 is K-20: The Fiend with 20 Faces!
VIZ Cinema


San Jose Japantown – Japan Earthquake Relief

JUL 31, 2011


Second Annual Silicon Valley Tanabata, 2011 Festival of Home– Japan Earthquake Relief
Aug 5th, 2011 1:00PM-10:00PM
Jannovation Jam 2:00PM-5:00PM
(Doors open at 1:00PM)
Tanabata Party 5:30PM-10:00PMPlug and Play Tech Center
440 N Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale CA

JUL 31, 2011

38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair

11am – 6pm
San Francisco Japantown

Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE)

S2011 MUSE Benefit Concert For Disaster Relief
Aug 7th, 2011 1pm
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Morello, John Hall, Kitaro, Jonathan Wilson, and Sweet Honey In The RockShoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival
Aug 12-15th, 2011
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA

Linkin Park Secret Show
Aug 31, 2011

Reach Out to Japan
Benefit Photo Exhibition & Live Music
Sept 3, 2011
Atwater Crossing
3245 Casitas Ave. Los Angeles CA

The 2011 Banjo Jubilee Jazz Festival
A benefit for Jpan Tsunami Relief Efforts
Sept 9 – 11, 2011 San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 N. 1st. St. San Jose

Sat. Sept 24, 2011

JCCCNC Annual Event: 25th Anniversary of Opening Our Doors

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA

Sat. Oct 1, 2011


6th Annual Sake Day – A Toast to Recovery

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA

Sat. NOV 12, 2011


Fundraising Event for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery

Health Awakening Studio
9045 Fair Oaks Blvd. suite E
Carmichael, CA

Every Week

Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts: Tsunami Sushi and Nihon Sake Donation>

Tsunami Panhandle

Tsunami sushi at both the Panhandle and Mission Bay locations will give 10 percent of Japanese sake bottle sales to help Japan. Restaurant Nihon will also contribute 10 percent of sales from Japanese whiskey bottles. This will go on indefinitely.

1306 Fulton (at Divisadero) San Francisco, CA 94117 | Haight/ Fillmore | 567-7664
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 Saturday, March 10 Tatsumaki Taiko will perform at Berkeley Bowl, at 920 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley, Calif.,from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: (510) 548-3508.

 Saturday, March 10 nori 311/Rise Japan presents “‘Akashi’: Candlelight Vigil Ceremony” from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets in S.F.’s Japantown. The Japanese American Religious Federation will say a prayer, and observe a moment of silence at 9:46 p.m. (2:46 p.m. in Japan, the time on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake struck). Info: (415) 260-7910;

 Saturday, March 10 The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will commemorate the disaster — through music, dance and other live events — from noon to 5 p.m. at the Peace Plaza in S.F.’s Japantown, as well as hold the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of Oscar-nominated documentary short: “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” Info:

 Saturday, March 10 The San Jose Remembrance Vigil will be held at 5 p.m. in front of Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service, at 588 North Fourth St. in Japantown. Donations should be made out to the Japanese Community Congress of San Jose, with “Earthquake/Tsunami Relief” in the memo, and will be forwarded to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, and then sent to the Japanese Red Cross. Info:

 Saturday, March 10 Music at the Mission, a classical chamber music series and Design2Market, a Silicon Valley-based design firm, will co-produce “One Year After: A Benefit Concert for the Children of Tohoku, Japan” at the Old Mission San Jose, 43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont, Calif. Concert will raise funds for the “Smiles and Dreams: Tohoku Kids’ Support Project” and feature the Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, the Music at the Mission Chamber Players and mixed media artist Kathy Fujii-Oka. Pre-event activities start at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7 p.m. Reception: at the Mission Coffee, 151 Washington Blvd. (across from the Mission), after the concert. Project serves youth who have lost their homes, schools and belongings. Tickets: for $35 adults, $25 students and seniors and $5 for children under 12. Info: (408) 232-0440.

 Saturday, March 10 The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Business Association of Southern California will host “Japan. Endless Discover” from noon to 8 p.m. at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, in Los Angeles. Booths will feature Japanese cutting edge technology, food, traditional culture, Hello Kitty, fashion and pop culture. Info: (213) 617-6700.

 Saturday, March 10 The “Sunset Vigil: Memorial of HOPE for Tohoku, Japan” will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Gardens Park Beach, at 8498 Seaview Pl. Northwest Seattle, and include: a bonfire, a water blessing, silent prayers and taiko and flute music by Seattle Kokon Taiko. Info:

 Saturday, March 10 The Fowler Museum at UCLA, at 308 Charles E. Young Drive North Los Angeles, presents the “ Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake” exhibit. On Saturday, March 10, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the museum will host a symposium. Presenters: Malka Older, specialist in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness, Save the Children; Hideya Terashima, editor, The Kahoku Shimpo; Masashige Motoe, associate professor, department of Architecture and Building Science, School of Engineering, Tohoku University; Toshio Hirano, deputy director, Overseas Program Department, JEN, a non-governmental organization; and Junko Mabuchi, Adventist Development and Relief Agency. Hitoshi Abe, director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, will serve as the moderator; Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, the discussant. Reception will follow. Museum opens at noon Wednesday through Sunday. It closes at 5 p.m. each day, except for Thursday, when it closes at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Info: (310) 825-4361,

 Saturday, March 10 The S.F. Japantown community will hold “A Community Remembrance: Our Hearts to Japan” at the S.F. Japantown Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets from 2 to 4 p.m., which will include: an update from the Tohoku region; an interfaith remembrance, performances by GenRyu Arts and Nihonmachi Little Friends’ After School Program. Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata and San Francisco officials will speak. NBC Bay Area reporter George Kiriyama will emcee the event. A moment of silence will be held at 2:46 p.m. Info: (415) 567-5505,

 Sunday, March 11 Omotosenke Domonkai will perform a tea ceremony from noon to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Kinokuniya Building, 1581 Webster St. in S.F.’s Japantown. Info: (415) 731-0622.

 Sunday, March 11 People with Disabilities will play the piano from noon to 1 p.m. at the Peace Plaza in S.F.’s Japantown. Magic Makers, and Masayuki Koga on the shakuhachi, will join them. Info: (916) 933-6054..

 Sunday, March 11 Aoi Yamaguchi of the Inori 311/ Rise Japan will give a calligraphy demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Peace Plaza in S.F.’s Japantown. Info: (415) 260-7910;

 Sunday, March 11 The ABC Preschool will hold a charity concert, bake and craft sale from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Pine United Methodist Church, at 426 33rd Ave. (at the ABC Preschool Hall, B1F) in San Francisco. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Concert begins at 2 p.m. Benefits the Ashinaga scholarship fund and Takata Child Care Center in Rikuzentakata city. Info: (415) 387-9111.

 Sunday, March 11 “Tears of the Earth: Memorial Concert and Photo Exhibit for the Great East Japan Earthquake,” will be held at 1 p.m. at Herbst Theatre, at 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Benefits the Japan Recovery Project ( Performers: Alexander Barantschik, Shoko Hikage and Brenda Wong Aoki and others. Tickets: $35 adult, $20 student at door, or $30 adult, $15 student: (415) 392-4400.

 Sunday, March 11 The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association’s 50th anniversary fundraiser, “Sushi, Sake & More! Japanese Food Festival & Silent Auction,” will take place at the Sequoyah Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, Calif. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A portion of the profits will be donated to relief efforts. Highlights: food and beverage stations. Toshi, a recognized international cosmetology authority, will present a “Nippon-esque” inspired makeover. Saki Kono and Ayako Tanaka will provide entertainment. Dress code is “resort casual,” no denim. Cost: $50 per person ($60 at the door). Info: (510) 482-5896

 Sunday, March 11 Ai Love Japan ( is searching for restaurants and stores to participate in a nationwide fundraising campaign, “Eat Drink Shop Play for Japan.” Merchants are being asked to donate 11 percent of their sales on March 11 to help the people in northern Japan. Ai Love Japan aims to document the stories of the survivors and to provide direct aid to the people in the hardest hit areas of Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures.

 <strong style=”font-The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival will commemorate the disaster — through music, dance and other live events — from noon to 5 p.m. at the Peace Plaza in S.F.’s Japantown, as well as hold the San Francisco Bay Area premiere of Oscar-nominated documentary short: “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.” Info: (including cost):

 Sunday, March 11 A gathering to commemorate the March 11, 2011 disaster in northern Japan will take place at the Strawberry Park Shopping Center, at the corner of Moorpark Ave. and Saratoga Ave. (just off I-280) in San Jose. Event includes: traditional martial art demonstrations and music and cultural exhibitions from noon until 4 p.m. The “Tranquility Garden” will be dedicated. Attendees will observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. The rock garden will serve as a memorial and commemorate the goodwill and friendship of Americans. Info: (408) 418-3535,

 Sunday, March 11 The Japan America Society of Southern California and the Love to Nippon Project will co-present the “LOVE TO NIPPON 2012 – 3.11 Memorial Event – Lessons learned from the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami” at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters’ Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium, at 100 West First St. in Los Angeles. Participants can give offerings of flowers or incense from 2:30 p.m. Program begins at 3:30 p.m. Highlights: tribute by the Asia America Youth Orchestra String Quartet and a panel discussion by Southern Californians who volunteered after the disasters. Info: (213) 627-6217,

 Sunday, March 11 The coalition and the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle will hold “A Day of Remembrance, A Day of Preparedness, A Day of Rebuilding” beginning at 10 a.m. at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Opening ceremony, exhibits, presentations and films will be followed by a memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. with the ringing of the Kobe Bell and a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Info: (206) 682-9107,

 Sunday, March 11 “Wings for Hope: Tomodachi Through Music,” a benefit concert for Japan, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Benaroya Hall, at 200 University St. in Seattle. Performers: Ko-ichiro Yamamoto (principal trombone, Seattle Symphony), Eric Miyashiro (trumpet), Toshiko Akiyoshi (jazz composer and pianist), Lew Tabackin (flute, tenor saxophone), Timothy Salzman (UW Wind Ensemble conductor) and the Winds For Hope Jazz Orchestra. Proceeds will be used to replace musical instruments the Japanese students lost in the disaster. Tickets (depend on seat): (206) 215-4747. Info:

 Sunday, March 11 SHINSAI Theaters for Japan will hold a presentation at the La MaMa Rehearsal Studio, at 47 Great Jones St. (between Lafayette and Bowery) in New York, NY at 2:30 p.m. Theaters nationwide will present works by major American and Japanese theater artists. The Japan Playwrights Association will disperse the proceeds to the Japanese theater community affected by the disaster. Kurotama Kikaku will give a reading of original Japanese scripts by Yoji Sakate, Toshiki Okada, Toshiro Suzue and more. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP: Info:

 Sunday, March 11 (and through Sunday, May 27) The Japan Society, at 333 East 47th St. New York, NY will hold a variety of events (1155 “Children’s Artwork from Tohoku” will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (admission’s free); youth may design and create “HappyDolls for Tohoku” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dolls will be sent to youth in Tohoku. Pre-register: (212) 715-1275; “Can You See Our Lights?” (2011, 48 min.) will be screened at 2:30 p.m. in Japanese (English subtitles). The NHK WORLD-produced film shows the community in Rikuzen-Takada, Soma and Minami-Soma forging ahead after the disasters, to hold the summer festivals, which serve as memorial services for the souls of the departed. A moment of silence will be observed at 2:46 p.m., following remarks by Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki and Consul General of Japan in New York, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be distributed at 12:30 p.m. on March 11;

 Sunday, March 11 “Pray for Japan” (2011, 85 min.) will be screened at 4 p.m. in Japanese (with English subtitles.) There will be a Q-and-A-format session with director Stu Levy. Levy – an American living in Japan – filmed the aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer. Tickets: $7/$5 Japan Society members, seniors and students; “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” by Lucy Walker incorporates, footage from observers, survivors and victims the film, which depicts the true power of nature and the true resilience of humanity. It will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $7/$5 Japan Society members, seniors and students; “Memory: Things We Should Never Forget,” an exhibition of 47 photos taken in the Tohoku region, will be on display through Sunday, May 27. Admission is free; the “Tohoku Post 3.11: What’s Happening Now” conference will take place Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., and feature three nonprofit organization leaders: Hitoshi Abe, co-founder of Archi+Aid and chair and professor, architecture and urban design, UCLA; Keiko Kiyama, secretary general of Japan Emergency NGO; and Haruo Miyagi, founder and president, Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities, will speak on the challenges they face and the future of Tohoku. Ken Belson, business reporter, The New York Times, will moderate the reception. Followed by a reception. Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, seniors and students; The one-hour “Teaching About March 11 and Japan’s Recovery” webinar will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m., and provide insight into the disaster and recovery efforts, and ideas for teaching about these disasters. Panelists: Robert Fish, Japan Society and Kerianne Panos, president of MCML Consulting. Event is free. Register: Info: (416) 585-3748.

 Wednesday, March 14 “Pray for Japan” will be screened throughout the U.S., in Canada and London, with the proceeds going to JEN, a non-governmental organization. Director Stu Levy — an American living in Japan — filmed the aftermath during his trips to Tohoku. Info (including on screenings):

 Saturday, March 17 The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, Noriko Takeda-Rovner, Kree_Ayt {cre.ate} and the Japantown Business Association will hold the first Zumba Party for Japan from 7 to 9 p.m. at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s gymnasium, at 640 North 5th St., San Jose’s Japantown. Nathan Blake, master class teacher at Zumba Conventions and local Zumba and VivAsia instructors, will lead an evening of dance fitness. Net proceeds will go directly to the ongoing relief efforts. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 cash only or $20 online pre-sale (fees apply); $30 cash only, at the door; Info:, or


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