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P.O. Box 122842
San Diego CA 92112-2842

+1 760 444 4164

Category: Events


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.


Shimonoba Elementary 40th Anniversary

The Coming of Age Ceremony (Seijin-shiki) is an important rite of passage for many young Japanese adults.


2021 Coming of Age Ceremony

The Coming of Age Ceremony (Seijin-shiki) is an important rite of passage for many young Japanese adults.


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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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


Obon Festival!

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For two days, you will be able enjoy a variety of merchants, engage in family friendly activities, treat yourselves to Japanese festival foods, a beer garden, a tea & dessert garden, and experience cultural performances throughout each day!

Each festival day will also be highlighted with traditional Obon practices. On August 4th, you’ll be able to make your own toro nagashi to either take home or send down the stream at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Lantern floating is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at the lower garden.

On August 5th, the festival extends out to the Organ Pavilion at 4:00 PM where everyone will be invited to participate in the Bon Odori dance. The Organ Pavilion will be decorated with paper lanterns, Japanese folk tunes and taiko will fill the air, and dance leaders in traditional kimono will guide participants into a large dance circle! See below for the program schedule. Please note that JFG’s lower garden will be closed during this time


JFG Admission

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International Peace & Humanity Day

Event Descriptions

SD-WISH invites you to come together to promote peace & harmony among all people, cultures, and nations. Our main purpose is to educate and inspire communities, kids, youth, families, and leaders for future generations on how to collaborate with people from different backgrounds. The International Peace & Humanity Day is free and open to the public – all ages are welcome

Part I: Ceremony

Saturday, August 5th – 4PM-5PM – Shelter Island The atomic bomb droppings on Hiroshima on August 6th and on Nagasaki on August 9th 1945 were the last live use of nuclear weapons in history. August 5th 2017 (August 6th in Japan time) will mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombings and hence 72 years of freedom from nuclear weapon usage. SD-WISH invites you to join us on the beautiful Shelter Island for an afternoon of commemoration as we gong the Friendship Bell to celebrate this freedom and send our WISH for eternal peace. Community members and leaders share their messages of dedication to peace, understanding and tolerance.

Part II: Floating of Paper Lanterns

Friday, August 11th – 6:30PM-9PM – Coronado Adopting a traditional Japanese ceremony tōrō nagashi (tōrō means “lantern” and nagashi means “cruise, flow”), we celebrate peace and humanity by floating paper lanterns with written messages to the world as a hope or WISH for global peace and well-being. We invite guests to write messages on paper lanterns and enjoy a relaxing San Diego evening at the waterside Coronado City Council Chambers patio along with light food, refreshments, origami, exhibits, presentations, and live music – a wonderful experience to gather and celebrate with fellow community members and leaders. You can make and float your very own paper lantern (materials will be supplied for free) and you’re welcome to take it home with you at the end of the evening. Yukata are welcome!

Maya Nakanishi

The Paralympic Long Jump (F44) Asian Record Holder will be speaking to send a powerful message for resilience during the Floating of Paper Lanterns event.