Monday, September 20, 2010

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Quarterly Volunteer Event - JCCCNC's annual fundraiser, "Tabemasho: From Generation to Generation"

For Nakayoshi's quarterly volunteer event, we are helping once again at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California's annual fundraising dinner event, "Tabemasho: From Generation to Generation." The JCCCNC's annual event raises critical funds for the JCCCNC's programs and activities throughout the year, featuring food prepared by chefs from selected restaurants. The event is on Saturday, September 25. Nakayoshi will be covering shifts from 3:00-5:30pm and 5:30-8:00pm, however, volunteers are also welcome to help during the setup and cleanup shifts before and after the event.

Volunteers at Nakayoshi's main shifts will mainly be servers and waiting tables. Each person will be in charge of one table and pass out food and drinks to everyone seated there. They’ll also be in charge of making sure everyone is getting food at their table and clearing off any trash/leftovers. There will be a Floor Manager during your shift who you can go to if you have any questions such as when to bring out food.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, go to:

Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Dress code is black pants and white shirt. Wear clothing that you are comfortable wearing in the event of spilling during food handling. Please call Nakayoshi volunteer coordinator Haruka Roudebush at (415) 203-7002 upon arrival, or ask of JCCCNC staffer Aya Ino to be placed during your shift. Please e-mail if you have any questions prior to the event.

Below is more information on the event from the JCCCNC:

Since the first Japanese immigrants arrived in America (San Francisco) over 140 years ago, they celebrated good times and difficult times with food. This concept that we gather around the table to eat, celebrate, remember and rejoice has been handed down through the generations. The early Issei had no money to go to fancy hotels or restaurants, but they could bring their favorite dishes to the table and the family and the community would gather.

This year we dedicate the event to the Issei, Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei and to GENERATIONS to come. To the Issei and Nisei who displayed uncommon strength, courage, selfless giving and unrelenting spirit, we honor them for their guidance, inspiration and foresight in maintaining our culture and sense of community through the food that they shared with us. To the Sansei, Yonsei and future generations, we share the cooking traditions of our Japanese culture that were so lovingly passed on through the years. Through these generations our food both traditional and new has become international culinary delights and experiences.

For more information on the Tabemasho! event or the JCCCNC, please go to

What: Volunteering at JCCCNC's Annual Fundraiser "Tabemasho: From Generation to Generation"
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Location: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Shift Times: Setup (anytime between noon-5pm), Shift 1 (3-5:30pm), Shift 2 (5:30-8pm), Cleanup (7:30-11pm)
To sign up for a shift go to:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, September 18th: National AIDS Memorial Grove Clean-up

The San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League has invited Nakayoshi to help clean up the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, September 18th. Volunteering runs from 9am-Noon. Bring comfortable clothes that you can get dirty!

Please e-mail Haruka Roudebush directly if you are available to volunteer at

What: National AIDS Memorial Grove Annual Cleanup w/SF JACL
Location: Golden Gate Park , Intersection of Bowling Green and Middle Drive East, San Francisco, CA
Time: 9am-Noon
RSVP: E-mail Haruka Roudebush at

Saturday, September 25th: JCCCNC's Annual Fundraiser: Tabemasho!

Come on out for Nakayoshi's official volunteer event for Q3 2010! We'll be helping out once again at the JCCCNC's annual fundraising event with shifts from 3-8pm. More details will be posted soon, but save the date! For more details on the event, go to:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hyphen's New Legacy Issue Release Party ft. Rocky Rivera!

Our friends at Hyphen are hosing their New Legacy Issues Release Party for their 21st issue! So join our friends as they celebrate their success and have a fun time mingling and networking with some amazing bay area folks!

WHEN: September 17 at 10:00pm - September 18 at 2:00am
WHERE: Mighty - 119 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA

DETAILS: Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn't mean we should hibernate and stay at home on a Friday night. Come out and join us as we celebrate another AMAZING issue of Hyphen!

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Main Stacks (
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DJ Esquire (
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TaKorea (

21+ $10 ($20 includes a subscription

Help support our friends @ Hyphen and check it out!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fighting Hepatitis B in the Asian American Community - Wednesday Sept. 15th

Our friends at The Asia Society, AsianWeek Foundation, and the Chinese Hospital are having a major public event this month entitled “Fighting Hepatitis B in the Asian American Community.”

Panelists include Dr. Baruch Blumberg, who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the Hepatitis B virus, and who later developed a diagnostic test and vaccine against it; CA State Representative Fiona Ma, the author of CA Bill 158 and a renowned HBV activist; Dr. Samuel So, director of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and a national leader of the campaign against HBV; and Ted Fang of the AsianWeek Foundation and a leading advocate of HBV treatment and education.

Event will take place:

Wednesday, September 15th
5:30PM - Registaration
6:00PM - Program Begins

Genentech Auditorium
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
600 16th Street, San Francisco

Students/Asia Society Members $8.00
Non-members $15.00

An interesting, educational and community event! Hope you all get a chance to attend!

For more information regarding this event, please contact our friends at Asian Week Foundation: Angela Pang, Community Relations Manager at

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Call for Volunteers - Sunday 8/29 - SF Japantown at Lantern Parade & Obon

If you're not joining us for Nakayoshi's 2nd Annual Camping Trip to Tahoe, this is a great opportunity for you to volunteer for a great cause!

We're helping out our friends at SF Japantown to ask for volutneers at the obon this Sunday.

They are looking for volunteers to come help between 10am and 5pm - Volunteers are asked for the following:

Barricade Monitor. To not allow any vehicles in other than those involved with the event of Kabuki Hotel Guests.
(two hour shifts)

Set-up crew. Assist the JTMA members with setting up the various stations of the Yagura, Children’s area, registration area and posting various signs.

If you can attend or help out, please email our friend Jennifer Hamamoto, Program and PR Manager at the JCCCNC at .

Thanks everyone,

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

HELP WANTED: Internment Camp Documentary - Green Screen Shoot - Saturday August 7th

A friend of Nakayoshi’s is working on a documentary about the Japanese American internment camps for her thesis project.

Working alongside the visual effects department to recreate the Heart Mountain camp in 3D, she is asking for volunteers to help be in her shot of a winter scene depicting the harsh weather that the internees had to endure.

Director Vanessa Yuille is looking for 3 Japanese/Japanese American actors for the shoot. The request is for a few hours (she’s estimating 3 hours) on Saturday, August 7th at the green screen room on 180 New Montgomery.

If you'd like to help Directo Yuille out, please contact her at for more details and to sign up!

- Nakayoshi