The 3rd Annual Spirit of Japantown Festival celebrating the diversity & preservation of the Japantown community
Japantown San Jose! - This is where Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Italian, Hispanic, Black, German, Russian (should I go on?) populations come together! It is one of the last three functioning historic Japantowns in the United States. There's a few festival during the year, sake, dancing, hip hop, shave ice, tofu, manju,dentists, lawyers, churches a Sunday morning Farmers Market and lots more. Talk to Japantown residents and they'll tell you why they love it here. The other two Japantowns are Los Angeles' Little Tokyo (Nihonmachi) and San Francisco's Japantown (Nihonmachi). "Nihonmachi" is "Japantown" in the Japanese language.
Japantown Business Association (JBA) - administers the Business Improvement District that we are a part of! And our beautiful Japantown floral banners and the canvas banners were on the streets of Japantown at one time.
Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj) - was formed from CA State Senate Bill 307 which was a pilot project to preserve the last three Japantowns in California written by former Senator John Vasconcellos. Historic Landmarks that you see on Japantown streets were created starting with this legislation and going further in terms of funding and identification of those projects by CA State funding (Prop 40). The Spirit of Japantown Festival is a part of this organization. And Sak n' Sak will be there!
And then there's other things we're involved in!
Tengu Sushi - on 3rd across from the San Jose Repertory Theater in downtown San Jose
San Jose/Okayama Sister City Committee - The two cities celebrated 50 years of friendship in 2007. Banners were made to celebrate the event with 300 delegates from Okayama City visiting San Jose. They arrived in a jumbo jet - the first ever to land at Mineta International! Our San Jose/Okayama banner bags - are these same banners. To think they would've gone to the landfill!
All businesses in Japantown are solicited for community donations for the many, many events and efforts that go on through the many, many organizations that call this place home! Sak n' Sak current policy is to donate one of our bags to those fundraising efforts that we are directly involved in. It could be dance, music, historic preservation, judo, Buddhism. Our donations are best used as Silent Auction Items, VIP gifts or donation drawing prizes.
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