San Jose Japantown Businesses, Community Groups Doing Their Part


SAN JOSE — Two San Jose Japantown stores have created merchandise especially addressing the needs of earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan.

At Biscuits, 223 Jackson St., look for their eco-friendly “Hope for Japan” tennis ball toy (of their own making). 100 percent of sales go to animal relief efforts in Japan. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info: (408) 564-6537

Cukui, 229 Jackson St., is selling a specially designed tee (“Hope Tiki”). 100 percent of profits will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Info:

Two fundraisers will be held on Saturday, April 2:

BakeSale for Japan will hold a benefit bake sale outside of Roy’s Station, 197 Jackson St., from about 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info:,

From 3 to 6 p.m., Ukulele Jams and Ukulele Source will be holding a “kanikapila” (jam session) at Roy’s Station to benefit disaster relief. Smiley and Janet Kai plan to donate a ukulele for the raffle. Baristas will be donating all of their tips for the day, and Roy’s will be donating 10 percent of its sales.

A vigil held at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin on March 17 raised $31,101 in donations. Those who were unable to attend but would like to contribute can send checks payable to JCCsj (Japantown Community Congress of San Jose) with “Earthquake/Tsunami Relief” on the memo line to: JCCsj, c/o Yu-Ai Kai, 588 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112.

To benefit the Hongwanji Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a chicken bento box sale will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bento pick-up (no dine-in) is at 639 N. 6th St., also known as the “Chinese Church,” “the 6th Street Property” or “the property behind the church.” Bento tickets will be on sale for $10 each at the church office, 640 N. 5th St., or in front of the church gym on Sundays. Info: (408) 293-9292 or


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