List of Grantee/Donee NPOs
as of 10/20/2020
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. JCCNC was one of the founding members of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Asian pacific American Heritage Month
In the United States, the month of May each year is celebrated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual celebration came about in 1977 when Norman Y. Mineta of California asked to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage week. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed into law a Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States designating the week for the celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders culture and heritage. This became a month long celebration since 1992.
In 2005, a new community tradition was born in San Francisco when Mayor Gavin Newsom embraced the proposal by former OCA National President Claudine Cheng, to launch an annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in San Francisco.
JCCCNC (The Center) Tabemasho Event
Founded in 1971, JCCCNC serves over 185,000 people annually through its programs, events, and use of their facility. Owned and operated by the community, JCCCNC works to preserve and promote Japanese and Japanese American culture, heritage, and community. Proceeds from the Tabemasho event will go towards the development of dynamic cultural, educational, social and outreach programs that serve the 185,000 visitors the Center welcomes each year.
Japan Society Award of Honor Gala
For more than 100 years, the Japan Society of Northern California has fostered collaboration and understanding between the United States and Japan by providing Northern Californians with a range of language, cultural, and business programming and opportunities for fellowship. The programming has varied through the years but the mission to foster understanding and collaboration between japan and the United States remains unchanged.
San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s
Osechi Ryori Event
(Also see JCCNC’s website)
Formed in 2006 with the vision to preserve and honor San Francisco Japantown’s history by fostering and providing funding for activities that reflect the Japanese American heritage, and to engage Japanese of all generations and all experiences. It identifies and supports historic, social, cultural, economic, and artistic assets that benefit the Japantown community. Its annual fundraising event held in January each year is to introduce "Osechi."
Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
Located in San Jose’s Japantown, with the mission to collect, preserve and share the Japanese American history, culture and arts with the greater Bay Area. Docent tours of the Gallery and Japantown walking tours are available. Also come visit the JAMsj store for books and volunteer made cards and crafts.
Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
(Also see JCCNC’s website.)
Japantown Community Congress of San Jose's (JCCsj) mission is to advocate for the preservation of the historic and culture heritage of San Jose’s Japantown and promote efforts to sustain and enhance the diversity, vibrancy, and viability of this community as a legacy for future generations. The JCCsj Bonenkai is an annual event held in late December that brings the community together. It’s a great opportunity for the JCCNC to meet many of the San Jose Japantown Leaders.
Since 1971, Kimochi has provided culturally sensitive, Japanese language-based programs and services to 3,000 Bay Area seniors and their families each year. Services include transportation; referral and outreach services; health and consumer education seminars; healthy aging and senior center activities; social services; congregate and home delivered meals; in-home support services; adult social day care; 24-hour residential and respite care.
Osaka city is the first sister city of San Francisco in 1957. Osaka Festival is a festival started in 2016 by young members of San Francisco Chounaikai under the call of Mr. Tasaka of Osaka (formerly with Consulate General Office). This is one of the famous Japanese-American event in Northern California.