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San Diego CA 92112-2842

+1 760 444 4164


CJSCN Fall Workshop in San Diego – Connecting Sister City Youth With Your Community

California-Japan Sister Cities Network

2022 Fall Workshop & Reception

In cooperation with the Consulates General of Japan in San Francisco and in Los Angeles, CJSCN is proud to announce the 2022 Fall Workshop in San Diego. The event will be held on November 19 at the Balboa Recital Hall (2130 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101) and focus on the theme of “Connecting Sister City Youth with Your Community”. The attendees will enjoy a networking session, information sharing, and educational workshops on establishing internship programs for youth with local businesses, especially Japanese-owned businesses. All California-Japan sister cities stakeholders in your communities are encouraged to attend. Please also invite your colleagues and youths who are interested in building a bridge between your two cities through sister city relationships.

An invitation to this event was sent to each sister city organization already; if you think your sister city organization did not receive the invitation, please contact RSVPs are due by November 14.



San Diego Sister Cities: Celebrating 65 Years of Friendship

65 Years of Friendship

San Diego Sister Cities Celebration

The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year and our society, together with Alcalá de Henares (Spain – 40 years), Perth (Australia – 26 years), Edinburgh (Scotland – 45 years) and Tema (Ghana – 46 years) are sponsoring a colorful, tasty, and rhythmic celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2002, at the House of Pacific Relations Lawn Program area at the world famous Balboa Park, from 11:30-3:30.


11:30am - Pablo Ledsma
San Diego-Perth Sister City Society (Australia - since 1986)


11:45am San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society, (Scotland - since 1977) 


12:15pm Danjiir Dance Group
San Diego-Garowe Friendship City (Somalia - since 2022)


12:30pm David De Alva, Flamenco Fusion Guitar
San Diego-Alcalá de Henares Sister City Society (Spain - since 1982)


1:15pm Panama Mola Pollera Y Tambor
San Diego-Panama City Sister City Association (Panama - since 2015)


1:30pm Akayaa Atule
San Diego-Tema Sister City Society (Ghana - since 1976)


2:15pm Podkovicka and Karicka Czech dancers
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - since 1992)


2:30pm Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko
Chula Vista-Odawara (Japan - since 1981)


3:00pm BonDance Joy
San Diego-Yokohama (Japan- since 1957)


3:30pm San Diego Korean American Folk Dance Association
San Diego-Jeonju (South Korea - since 1982)

Join us as we celebrate San Diego´s international presence and outreach and our sister cities.

For more information, please contact us at or by phone at 760.444.4164

This event is free and open to the public.

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2 Short films by Satsuki Ina, PhD


Save The Date!

Sunday, November 18, 2018
11:30 a.m., in the Annex Hall

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“From a Silk Cocoon”

Emmy Award winning documentary film by Satsuki Ina, PhD

“True story of a young Japanese American couple whose shattered dreams and forsaken loyalties lead them to renounce their American citizenship while held in separate camps during WWII. They struggle to prove their innocence and fight deportation during a time of wartime hysteria and racial profiling.” (57 min.)

“From a Silk Cocoon…offers a cautionary tale of homeland security…compelling…stretches beyond the basic facts of the Japanese-American internment experience into the dark and thorny corners of ‘perceived military necessity’ that is just as frightening and relevant now as it was when it happened…An intimate portrait of a family under siege.”

– Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review

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“Children of the Camps”

“Powerful documentary that portrays the lingering personal impact of the WWII internment experience on Japanese Americans who typically have not talked openly about the humiliation and trauma of the internment experience. It is an emotionally riveting piece that tells a disturbing story of racism in America, while highlighting the incredibly enduring strengths and cultural resources of the internees as they embark on a journey of healing.” (57 min.)

This film will serve as a valuable tool for many individuals wanting to confront and understand the trauma and stress associated with their internment experience.”

– Hon. Robert T. Matsui, Member of Congress

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Tickets for the 2 films & lunch
are $15 and are available in
the BTSD Office. For more
information, call the office.
Deadline: November 11

Buddhist Temple of San Diego

2929 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102
619-239-0896 ~

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Rocco Satoshi – Yokohama Artist
& Father of Japanese Street Art

Friday, September 21  | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Japanese Friendship Garden
 | Inamori Pavilion
General … $20 | JFG Member … $15 | Day of … $25


An exuberant reception featuring Rocco, family, and friends: Mission Bay High School Gypsy Jazz Band, Genbu Daiko, freestyle dancing by Kanna Burch, with Live Painting, and special guests at the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Inamori Pavilion. Sponsorship by San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society and Design Consignment Gallery. This reception kicks off Rocco’s American Life Tour and Gallery Exhibition; an art collection thought lost and forgotten being revealed for the first time in 28 years. As vibrant as the day they were painted, America’s largest collection of Satoshi Akiyama, a.k.a. “Rocco”, will be on display at Design Consignment Gallery from September 18 through October 18. Rocco will be an artist in residence and one of three featured artists from three San Diego sister cities coming together for the first time for public murals, workshops, and events throughout San Diego and Tijuana.

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The story behind “Rocco’s American Life” wouldn’t be complete without a reunion with Sister City muralist, Mario Torero of Chicano Park fame. It was Mr. Torero and fellow muralist Ruben Seja who together encouraged Yokohama-based Rocco to come to San Diego nearly 30 years ago for an Art Exchange. The body of work Rocco created is considered among his best work. Over 40 large format acrylic on canvas and 80 smaller works are represented in the exhibition. In the early 90s, Rocco and his team painted one of the largest murals in Chicano Park and an entire building at Albert Einstein Elementary School. A restoration of the mural by the original artists is one of many projects scheduled during Rocco’s Artist in Residence. Rocco also produced a large body of work in Tijuana, the third San Diego Sister City represented. Tijuana artist and border wall muralist, Mr. Enrique Chiu, will be participating in the exhibition side-by-side with Satoshi and Torero. The art exchange climaxes in Tijuana, with all three artists contributing to the US/Mexico border wall project “Mural de la Hermandad” or Mural of Brotherhood, the largest International border art project in the world. Together these artists represent the best of what of Sister City relationships are all about. With these new contributions to San Diego and Tijuana’s public art, they set an example of how an artistic legacy is established to the delight of future generations of artists and the public. A portion of gallery sales will be dedicated to the San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society.

9/18-10/18 Gallery Exhibition | 9/18-9/20 Press and Designer Preview | 9/23 Opening Night @ DCG
Design Consignment Gallery 8840-B Miramar Road, San Diego, CA

For Rocco’s complete schedule, please contact Jeff C. Kelley, DCG Gallery Manager, at (858) 800-2405 or e-mail

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Picture Diary of Environment 2017

Our latest sister city project was to raise awareness of environmental issues in Yokohama and San Diego. Over 400 students from San Diego elementary schools participated in drawing the posters. Below is a link of the posters that were submitted which was exhibited in Yokohama.


Emperor of Japan honors San Diegan with prestigious accolade

Press received “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” from Consul General Akira Chiba at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.

“It is a ranked decoration and highly prestigious,” said Jennifer Usyak, the Japanese consulate’s adviser for political and community relations. “We look very carefully at the background of anyone under consideration.”

San Diego resident Thelma Press gets prestigious honor from Japanese government.
(Courtesy photo )

She explained the award recognizes people who promote friendship and good relations between the United States and Japan and who enhance Japanese culture in the United States.

Press’ contributions date back to 1959 when she was living in San Bernardino and co-founded the San Bernardino-Tachikawa Sister City program.

She was appointed as a California representative to Sister Cities International in 1972 and served as president of the San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society from 2013-2015.

A Los Angeles woman also received the 2017 Imperial decoration in an earlier ceremony at the consul general’s home.

The emperor’s award requires the approval of his Cabinet. “It is equivalent to the Congressional Gold Medal in the United States or a knighthood in the UK,” Usyak said.

DIANE BELL• U-T Original article Below



On Saturday, November 18, the BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SAN DIEGO will host a special community event focusing on Japanese American family dynamics. GROWING UP SANSEI centers on a live onstage reading of the comedy-drama “GARAGE DOOR OPENER (a JA Dysfunctional Family Play)” by SOJI KASHIWAGI.

Glenn and Sharon Tanaka’s parents have died, leaving the siblings with the daunting task of clearing out a garage filled with decades worth of dusty accumulations. They’re in for a bumpy ride. What they find will make them laugh, cry, shake their heads, gasp in surprise, and be amazed that there are still things to discover about their parents when they thought they knew it all.

The reading will be followed by a dialogue with the playwright facilitated by DR. SATSUKI INA. Dr. Ina’s counseling expertise is in JA family dynamics so the discussion will cover a lot of ground, including JA childrearing, cultural concepts of shame and endurance and how incarceration affected not only the Nisei but the subsequent generations. Learn how a uniquely JA upbringing comes not only with physical baggage left behind in a cluttered garage but with emotional baggage as well. With the discussion, Dr. Ina aims to help all of us with a decluttering catharsis.

Nisei and children of their generation won’t be the only ones to recognize and find humor and meaning in these topics, as all of us must eventually tackle questions of mortality and the burdens and pride of heritage, as well as determining the legacy we are left with.

BTSD cordially invites you to attend this unique event. Please post and share the attached flier with your organization, family and friends.
We also ask you and your group RESERVE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE as we need to know how much food to provide.


A delicious buffet lunch precedes the event at 12 noon. Tickets are $10.
The play reading begins at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $15.
Attend one or both! Group reservations welcome!

RESERVATIONS and questions: 619/239-0896 or

2929 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92102


2017 Taste of Asia and the Pacific

The House of Chammaro, China and Philippines present the 5th Taste of Asia and the Pacific, Saturday, Nov. 4, 12PM to 6PM at the International Cottages lawn of Balboa Park.

Food highlights include Chammaron style Chicken, Rice and cucumbers; Chinese Jian bing, bao and dumplings; and Filipino turror sweet bananas, Pancit and lumpia