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Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Community & Neighborhood Development, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Economic Development, Fairs, Sports

Mission: To manage and maintain a multi-service community center which is owned and operated by the Japanese American community. To organize and provide educational, cultural, recreational and social programs that meet the growing needs, interests and concerns of the community. To preserve and promote the Japanese American cultural and historical heritage. To enhance understanding and appreciation among the Japanese American community, American public and people of Japan. To provide administration and program space for non-profit organizations in the community.

Programs: The JCCCNC serves over 185,000 people annually through its classes, programs and workshops, community events and facility usage. The JCCCNC hosts over 80 on-going classes and programs for people of all ages: Cultural Arts/Crafts: ikebana (flower arranging), quilting, shibori (resist fabric dyeing), watercolor, washi-ningyo (paper doll), ceramics. Martial Arts/Fitness: body-toning, chair aerobics, karate, kendo, tai-chi chi-kung, pilates, adult basketball leagues, volleyball leagues. Social Activities/Clubs: Bambi (Japanese speaking mothers & toddler play group), bridge, hanafuda, mah jongg, Japanese cooking classes. Dance & Music: ballroom dance, afro-cuban percussion, Kirakiraboshi choir (Japanese children's song), minyo, hauta and shamisen (Japanese singing and three-stringed musical instrument lessons), odori (Japanese classical dance), Brazilian percussion, line dancing, taiko (Japanese drumming), hula, ukulele. U.S. - Japan Computer Learning Center offers basic computer classes in Japanese for seniors and adults. Community Programs/Children's Camps -Mochitsuki Workshops (December), a community mochi making workshop with Mr. Yamada, formerly of Yamada Seika. -Fast Break (April), a basketball clinic for children. -Cherry Blossom Basketball Jamboree (April) -Children's Day (May), a cultural festival celebrating Bay Area children with hands on activities, food, and entertainment, along with week-long school visit program (for public elementary schools), in honor of Japanese Girl's Day & Boy's Day traditions. -Family Halloween Carnival (October), a celebration featuring arts & crafts, games, a haunted house, a jump fun house, and costume parade.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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1 Jeff Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've learned so much since I began volunteering at the JCCCNC and I've developed a new sense of caring and passion for the Japanese culture, traditions and heritage. I just wish I could share these new experiences with my grandparents who are no longer alive, but in a way I do feel reconnected with them through the JCCCNC.

Growing up, I didn't realize the value of what my grandparents were trying to teach me, but now that I'm older (and wiser), I understand, I want to learn, I want to carry on the values and traditions that my grandparents worked so hard to preserve. The JCCCNC is giving me the opportunity to do so, and it is so easy when you're surrounding by a staff who are extremely passionate about what they do.

The JCCCNC does much more than most can imagine. You would have to work there or volunteer often to realize the amount of work they do for people, the community, and for future generations. It's truly amazing! But the sad part is that a lot of people won't realize their value until the day they are gone, which I hope never happens.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The JCCCNC is a major anchor in San Francisco Japantown. The center provides programs and services for all ages, but most importantly it helps build a sense of community for Japanese Americans throughout the bay area. Events, classes and services are fun, educational and affordable.

My family has experienced many memorable programs at JCCCNC. From exciting basketball games to doll making, from musicals to two trips to Japan....we cannot say enough about the quality of these programs.

1 Christine J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Under the tireless leadership of Executive Director Paul Osaki and with the assistance of his incomparable staff, the JCCCNC provides countless services, programs and invaluable fellowship for the Japanese American (and general Asian American) community in the Bay Area and beyond. Their work inspires advocacy in its younger generation while taking loving care of its older generation. From basketball to taiko drumming classes to senior lunches to spearheading important legacy-building initiatives, this organization's heart knows no bounds. Bravo to the generous spirits that make the JCC such an incredible home for so many!