‘Spirit of Japantown’ in San Jose


SAN JOSE — The annual Spirit of Japantown Festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in San Jose.

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

Jamba Juice

Bamboo flutes — Michael Kanner

Charm jewelry crafts — Iron Studio/The Crucible

Water yo-yos — Venture Crew

Aimee — Lions Club

Face painter/clown

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.


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