San Jose Japantown is one of the last three major Japantowns that remain in the United States (along with San Francisco and Los Angeles). Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj) was created to continue the cultural and historical preservation of the 120-year-old, multiethnic Japantown. JCCsj is composed of Japantown advocates, including representatives of major organizations, members-at-large, residents, businesses and property owners.
The one-day festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts, the Car Club Expo, FanimeCon anime all day, martial arts demonstrations, entertainment on three stages, a beer/wine/sake garden, bonsai and ikebana displays, the Kids Zone, storytelling, a Southwest Airlines raffle and a gift certificate raffle. All Japantown businesses and organizations will be open.
The Japan Recovery Live Art Auction will take place in front of Cukui Clothing Company on Jackson Street between 5th and 6th streets. Watch artists paint live during the day and bid on their work to take home. Donations (cash or check) will be taken at the information booth at the center of 5th and Jackson, and will be given to the Japanese Red Cross through the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Make checks payable to “JCCsj” and write “Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief” on the memo line.
• Main Stage on 5th Street in front of San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin main buildings. Emcee: Robert Handa of KTVU.
10:30 a.m.: Wesley Jazz Ensemble
11:30 a.m.: Introduction of dignitaries and sponsors
11:45 a.m.: Kagami-wari ceremony
11:50 a.m.: Presentation of Spirit of Japantown Awards
12:15 p.m.: San Jose Taiko
1:00 p.m.: ScoJourners
2:00 p.m.: Fanime — Maids Café Show
2:30 p.m.: FanimeCon Solo — Yukie Dong
4:00 p.m.: Viv Asia (Asian fitness)
4:45 p.m.: Raffle drawing
• Hawaiian Stage on 5th Street in front of Wesley United Methodist Church.
10:30 to11:10 a.m.: Ukulele Jams
11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Kalae Miles (singer/ukulele player)
12:30 to 1:10 p.m.: Michelle Kiba’s Ukulele Academy
1:15 to 1:40 p.m.: Hālau Nā Wai Ola (hula)
1:45 to 2:25 p.m.: Wesley Ukulele Band
2:30 to 3:10 p.m.: Na Leo Nahenahe (chorus)
3:15 to 3:55 p.m.: Hālau Nāpuaokamokihana ‘Ohāikapolioluana featuring Lorien Sanders & Da Band (hula)
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: San Jose Metropolitan Band
Dave Brown’s special piece, “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas,” will close the festival.
• Martial Arts Stage inside San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 640 N. 5th St.
10:40 to 11:10 a.m.: S.F. Sword Society
11:20 to 11:50 a.m.: Fencing
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.: Goju-ryu Karate
12:40 to 1:10 p.m.: Aikido of Japantown
1:20 to 1:50 p.m.: Japan Karate Association of Silicon Valley
2:00 to 2:30 p.m.: Tojokan and Seikishin Dojo (shinkendo)
2:40 to 3:10 p.m.: Aikido of San Jose
3:15 to 3:45 p.m.: San Jose Buddhist Church Judo Club
3:55 to 4:25 p.m.: San Jose Kendo
• Youth Stage on 5th Street in the Lotus Preschool parking lot. Emcee: Chris Ayers
10:00 a.m.: Collection of Japanese songs — Lotus Preschool
11:10 a.m.: “The East West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan” — Christy Hale
10:30 a.m.: Japanese Ondo/Bon Odori — Spirited Kids
10:45 a.m.: Animemyu’s Sailor Moon — Mari Watanabe
11:10 a.m.: Halau Na Wai Ola — Kau’i Isa-Kahaku
11:35 a.m.: Ukulele Jams — Rodney Takahashi
1:15 p.m.: Bamboo flute demonstration — Michael Kanner
1:40 p.m.: Animemyu’s Sailor Moon — Mari Watanabe
2:10 p.m.: San Jose Buddhist Church Judo Club — Vaughn Imada
• Kids Activity Zone on 5th Street in the Lotus Preschool parking lot.
Heritage Source Book Sale, Christy Hale’s lesson plan and art projects — Lotus
Games and art — Lotus
Kids’ crafts — Home Depot
Crazy Hair — Suzume no Gakko
Origami — Japanese Language School
Balloons — Debbie Saito
Tag the Cub game — Cub Scout Pack 611
Bamboo flutes — Michael Kanner
Charm jewelry crafts — Iron Studio/The Crucible
Water yo-yos — Venture Crew
Aimee — Lions Club
• Food and Drink Vendors
Loco Grindz — Hawaiian BBQ plate lunch
Kauai Abreu Ohana — kalua pork, BBQ chicken, plate lunch, bowls, lomi salmon, poke
Tengu Sushi — California rolls, Spam musubi
San Jose Japantown Lions Club — beef teriyaki bowl
SaWrap — Asian food wraps made fresh to order
Momiji Kayo Club — gyoza
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin — pork buns and edamame
Bimi Bento — hiyashi chuka (cold ramen with toppings)
Nijiya Market — Japanese curry with tonkatsu or kara-age, cream puffs
House of Siam — Chicken satay, white and brown rice, burrito, roti, Thai taco, curry, pad Thai noodle, honey chic bat, Thai ice tea
Corn Fu – kettle korn, fresh lemon and strawberry lemonade
Jamba Juice — frozen fruit drinks
Treatbot — ice cream and karaoke
Texas Sno Ball — shaved ice and frozen drinks
Yogurt Works — shaved ice, frozen yogurt, ice cream
Beer Garden featuring Gordon Biersch, Kirin, Primo beers; Chateau Marie Antoinette wines; Takara Sake taru sake and chuhai
For more information, visit www.spiritofjapantownfestival.com.