Japan Relief Archive:


On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook the Tohoku region of Japan. The earthquake, subsequent 30ft high tsunami and continuing series of aftershocks, each in themselves of a magnitude equal to the worst of California's earthquakes resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of lives and livelihoods.  Many organizations and individuals, businesses, friends and strangers hope to help in whatever way they can.

This is a short listing of some of the events that have taken place that are related to Japantown San Jose

  • Great Grandfather's Drum - documentary about Maui Taiko,  with special guests from Maui Taiko
    San Jose Taiko appearing, May 27, 2012 at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
  • Zumba Party for Japan (about 180 dancers raised about $4,200)
    In Japantown San Jose

    March 17, 2012 7pm-9pm at the Gymnasium of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
    Ticket Prices: $20 cash or online pre-sale $30 limited premium tickets. $30 cash at the door.
    Special Guest Instructor Nathan Blake!
    Local Zumba Instructors and VivAsia Instructors join together for ongoing Japan Relief fundraising on the 1st memorial anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami.
    Sponsors: Noriko Takeda-Rovner (Zumba & VivAsia Instructor), San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, Japantown Business Association, Kree-Ayt {cre.ate} CalPrinting, NikkeiWest, Damon Williams
    Facebook: "Zumba Party for Japan" Event
    Tickets online: (fees apply) www.LiveSV.com

    Half-price Premium ticket (limited!) http://www.livesv.com/page/half_price_signup.
    Email: kathy@japantownsanjose.org

      For information about where the funds will go and past relief fund distribution from Japan Nishihongwanji, please click on one of these two links"

  • A very special documentary film - "Pray for Japan" - March 14 - AMC Cupertino -
  • Remembrance Vigil-(raised about $1,500)
    Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
    Consul General of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata

    Saturday, March 10
    5:00 pm
    Yu-Ai Kai front outdoor space
    588 North 4th Street, San Jose
    Donations welcomed: make checks to JCCsj with 'Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami" in the memo line.
    All donations will go to the Consulate of Japan, San Francisco to Japanese Red Cross
  • Music at the Mission: Chamber Music Outside the Box
     near Ohlone College in the South Bay

    March 10, 2012
    A benefit concert for the children of Tohoku, Japan
    Featuring Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, Music at the Mission Chamber Players, Artist Kathy Fuiji-Oka
    For more information contact:
  • Run for Japan USA
    In Mountain View
    Second annual charitable event for Japan recovery efforts started by Tomoko Iwata.
    3.5K Fun Walk/5K Fun Run
    March 11, 2011 Sunday. Starts at 8:30am Visit website to register.
  • Shingo Hirano & Freefall
    In Berkeley
    Sunday February 26, 4:30 pm

    Two rising star groups from Japan make their Jazzschool debuts in this benefit for the victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake.

  • A recent soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, blues/rock guitarist Shingo Hirano has received international acclaim. He performs with his quintet featuring former Bay Area resident Scott Latham on drums. Scott has been working professionally in the Tokyo scene for nearly 30 years and has worked with many Japanese artists and visiting foreign artists, including Ron Carter, Terumasa Hino, T-Square, Wallace Roney, Dave Matthews, Jack McDuff and Chaka Kahn. The evening begins with an opening set from Free Fall, a jazz/fusion guitar trio from Tokyo.


Title: "K20 -The Fiend with Twenty Faces"

Date: July 24th, Sunday @ 5:00pm 

Casts: Takeshi Kanashiro ("Red Cliff"), Takako Matsu, Toru Nakamura
Tickets: $10 or more (All proceeds will be donated to EARTH DAY TOKYO TOWER project to help the victims in Japan.  at www.edtt311.info)

Yoshitaka Amano (artist exhibition) and fundraiser auction for Japan Recovery
San Francisco, online, New People World

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity What Silicon Valley Can Do To Help Rebuild Japan
A Fundraiser for Orphans of the Earthquake and Tsunami
June 29, 5:30 to 9:30 PM at PARC, Palo Alto

June 11th, 11am - Hula to Help Japan! Na Wai Ola - Youth Leadership Team led by Kumu Kau'i held an informal program of music and dance to benefit Japan Relief & Recovery! (408) 216-0450 www.nawaiola.com and raised over two thousand dollars! It was a "Bring your lawn chair/mat and a picnic lunch and enjoy music and hula. All ages, all performing levels, interested people invited!" Now they are touring 7 states in the USA taking the Aloha to at risk youth and community centers, performing for free and bringing wishlist gifts to distribute with them.

June 4, 2011 Exhibition of Ken Matsumoto's art (Japantown Artist)Talk and reception - the Northern California Japan Society. 50% of proceeds will go directly to Japan Recovery and Relief efforts at Iwasawa Oriental Art, 75 University Ave, Los Gatos (408) 395-2339 iwasawaart@comcast.net

June 3, 2011  12th Annual International Russian Music Piano Competition as a part of the competition will hold a concert to benefit Japan Relief efforts with Van Cliburn Medalist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi and other distinguished members of the competition jury, including, William Welborn (Professor, San Francisco Conservatory of Music), Pascal Nemirovski (Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London), Matti Raekallio (Professor at The Juilliard School of Music) and others.

May 27-30th FanimeCon - held a benefit auction during the convention for autographed items donated by a few of their  Guests of Honor. They also hosted special super guest Yoshiki of X Japan who highlighted his foundation in America to help www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org where heavy metal artists and fans have been donating all over the world.

May 27, Friday, 7:30pm Tia Carrera & Daniel Ho, Grammy winning artists in Japantown to benefit Japan Relief & Recovery
www.ukulelesource.com (Smiley and Janet Kai - great Japantown citizens)
@ Akiyama Wellness Center The event raised $1,000 donated to Wesley United Methodist's Japan Relief fund. $300 donated to Yu-Ai Kai.

May 1st, Nikkei Matsuri raised funds for AMDA-Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, International, who have been sending medical teams to the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami area. This group originated in 1984 in Okayama, Japan (San Jose's Sister City!)-JpopFlashMob! helped out again!

April 12th, JBA's total for the three little American Red Cross tins that were allowed the organization came to $1,232.78

April 10th, Sunday - encouraging energy by JpopFlashMob at 5th & Jackson (on facebook-video to come)
For JpopFlashMob information please see Facebook Community page 'JpopFlashMob' or email: JpopFlashMob@gmail.com

April 5, 2011 - Last weekend's good work by Roy's Coffee & Tea, Ukulele Jams and Ukulele Source
and Bake Sale for Japan (Peace Winds) collected another $15K for Japan Relief efforts

The Band of Hands concert at the Agenda (downtown San Jose) raised $2,500 (ACCI and Silicon Valley Jewish Foundation)

March 27, 2011-Sikh Gurdwara San Jose contributed over $10K towards Japan Relief efforts through JCCsj

 San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Cub Scouts gathered over $8K as they stood out at curb-site taking donations on March 17th.

 San Jose Buddhist Church Chicken Teriyaki fundraiser raised $15, 000. Most of the contents, supplies and all the work was donated.

 JCCsj Vigil gathered $31K that evening and has been receiving more since.

Silicon Valley Judo raised $15K+ by holding a Judo Throw-a-Thon to give back to their Judo Sensei (teachers). They accomplished 1,000 throws in the span of two hours with the help of San Jose State University Judo (the winningest team in the USA for over 35 years) Judo began in Japan.

 Wesley United Methodist Church collections are ongoing for Japan Relief.

Cukui Clothing created a t-shirt for Japan Relief. 100% of the sales go to Japanese Red Cross.
Biscuits made an eco-friendly dog toy for Japan Relief. 100% of the sales go to Japan Relief
Shuei-do manju shop has a jar. Their customers donated close to $600 in the first 5 days after the quake.
Nikkei Traditions is selling official ALOHA for JAPAN tees. The State of Hawaii is coordinated in Japan Relief efforts.

Japantown Business Association put out American Red Cross collection boxes and will continue the effort in various stores. JBA also helps with JCCsj efforts by lending equipment, staff volunteer time and resources.