Nikkei Matsuri Presents An Evening of ‘Music From The Heart’

April 27, 2012, Friday
Nikkei Matsuri Presents An Evening of ‘Music From The Heart’
Featuring Ayako Hosokawa
7:00-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
San Jose Buddhist Betsuin Gymnasium

As a well known vocalist in the Bay Area Japanese American community, Ayako shares her love of music and song with a variety of popular and contemporary American music that she has grown to love during her international music career. This evening, she will be accompanied by: Shota Okabe, Bob Kenmotsu, Ken Okada and Rich Alegria.

A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to JCCCNC’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door) and are available from Nikkei Traditions-San Jose Japantown, Wesley Methodist Church, Yu Ai Kai and Nikkei Matsuri Board Members.

JCCCNC Sake Day: A Toast to Recovery

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

his year, True Sake’s annual “Nihonshu no Hi,” the day of sake in Japan, will benefit the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (NJERF) created by the JCCCNC.  A Toast to Recovery will feature the flavors and taste of the Tohoku region in Japan.  Guests will have the opportunity to try select sake from the Tohoku prefecture and Yoshi’s Chef Sho Kamio will prepare special comfort foods of the region.  You can also bid on rare sake and specialty items to support NJERF.

Location: JCCCNC
Fees: Early Bird – $65 (91-9/25)

Regular – $75 (9/26-9/30)

Door – $80 (10/1)

Presented by True Sake and JCCCNC for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund with support from Yoshi’s San Francisco, Chef Sho Kamio, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco and JETRO.

More info: Please call True Sake at (415) 355-9555

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HELPING NORTHERN JAPAN RECOVER: A community effort raises $3.5 million for disaster-hit regions

July 21, 2011 By TOMO HIRAI Nichi Bei Weekly

The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami ravaged the eastern shoreline of Japan while many in the United States were asleep on March 11. Japan had been prepared for earthquakes and tsunami, a fact of life living on an island nation on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, but nothing of this caliber.

The earthquake struck off the coast of Sendai, a major port city in Miyagi Prefecture on the northeastern portion of the nation. The violent shaking was recorded at a magnitude of 9.0 and caused damage even in the nation’s capital of Tokyo — more than 200 miles away.

The earthquake, now considered among one of the world’s four most severe earthquakes to be recorded since 1900 and the worst in Japan’s modern history, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, had done limited damage to the country. However, the onslaught of a massive tsunami brought true destruction.

The tsunami rose as high as 40 meters high (131.2 feet) in height and traveled as far as 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) inland according to Kyodo News, sweeping away cars, boats, homes and lives.

As of July 16, more than 15,000 people have been confirmed dead and 5,000 more remain missing, according to the National Police Agency of Japan. While many who have family outside of the affected areas have moved out, others remain stranded in evacuation shelters.

Takeno (Chiyo) Suzuki, who serves as a coordinator for international relations (CIR) for the Miyagi Prefectural Government in Sendai, said the issues survivors must face have changed since March 11.

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We Are One Island:
Japan Relief Concert and Auction

Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
388 9th St., Ste 290 (2nd Floor, Pacific Renaissance Plaza)
Oakland, CA 94607

When: Saturday, April 23, 2011,
6-7pm Silent Auction/Doors Open
7pm Concert

$15-$25 Sliding Scale, no one turned away. All ages welcome. Door prizes for full price and above.

What: 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California’s (JCCCNC) effective and established Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

An evening of honoring, remembrance and hope, We Are One Island will be emcee’d by Kara Tsuboi (Oakland A’s), beginning with a traditional ceremony led by the Buddhist Church of Oakland, followed by a video slideshow of local damage to critical areas. Offerings from the stage include performances by Marina Fukushima (Kunst-Stoff), Purple Moon Dance Project, Shirley Muramoto and Brian Wong, Michael Sasaki, Maze Daiko, RyuQ Murasaki Daiko, Asian Crisis, Sushi Cal Band, Dirty Boots, and Hip-Hop/Spoken Word artist, Colin “Senbei” Ehara. A silent auction will feature selected, original works by many well-known folks from the API arts community.

Presented by One Island Productions and Oakland Asian Cultural Center, sponsors include Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), Apex Express/KPFA 94.1 FM, California Capital & Investment Group, JCCCNC, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Crosswater Media, East Bay Express, Flytrap Studios, GamaGo, Hello!Lucky, Hyphen Magazine, Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), Lumina Arts, Matsuda Guitars, Oakland A’s, Oaklandish, Ozumo, Pro Arts, Rhythmix Cultural Center, The Vinapa Foundation for Cross-Cultural Studies, and Yoshi’s Oakland. Additional supporters include many other local businesses, community and arts organizations.

Additional information:
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
(510) 637-0455

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