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

+1 760 444 4164

Category: Events



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!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]1440867128Join us this summer as the Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) and Buddhist Temple of San Diego host the annual Obon Festival! We are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating the circle of life together, as done each summer in Japan for generations, and welcome everyone to join our celebration.

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

General admission … $10
Students, military, seniors (65+) … $8
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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.

Japan Festival


Date(s) – 8/5
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Encinitas Library

Come to the Encinitas Library to celebrate the Sister City relationship between Encinitas and Amakusa, Japan.




Philippine Independence Day in Balboa Park

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You are cordially invited to CASCI’s Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony on June 12, 2016 in front of the House of the Philippines in Balboa Park.

The event starts at 4:00 P.M. and will feature live music and entertainment, complimentary Filipino food, and state and local leaders.

Bring your family and friends and come celebrate Philippine Independence with your Kababayan! Salamat Po!

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Free Concert!


Kearny Mesa Concert Band & the Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces Training Squadron Band

Tuesday, June 1 4, 201 6
6:45 – 8PM

Please join us for a post-concert presentation to the
Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces of a painting of their ship, The Kashima (shown above), by artist and KMCB percussionist Richard DeRosset.

Horton Plaza Park (corner of Broadway & 4th)
San Diego Self-validated free parking available at
Horton Plaza until 8:30pm.
Parking also available for $1 0 at 225
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Made In Japan

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is proud to co-present the 16th San Diego Asian Film Festival’s Closing Night Film, MADE IN JAPAN on November 13th.

Join us on Friday, November 13th, 7pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sherwood Auditorium.  Purchase tickets here


Official Selection, 2015 SXSW Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, 2015 Nashville Film Festival
Official Selection, 2015 Chicago Asian American Showcase

Before global electronic brands made the moniker “Made in Japan” a household phrase, another electrifying import found its way to the United States. She hailed from Nagoya, her name was Tomi Fujiyama, and back in November 1964, she became the first Japanese country singer to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry – on the same bill as Johnny Cash no less. Her performance was greeted with a standing ovation, a testament to not only her exceptionalness, but also Nashville’s acceptance of her well-studied musicality. But even though today Tomi is a legend of American country in Japan, will she be accepted again at the Grand Ole Opry?

Josh Bishop’s rousing documentary tracks Tomi’s journey back to the United States to fulfill her dream of returning to country’s biggest stage. It also tells the story of how Tomi’s unusual tale began: humble beginnings during World War II, family relocations, shady neighbors. In their family’s tailor shop storefront, Tomi’s father played music to attract customers and Tomi listened. Soon, she was singing publically and her father was playing guitar and managing her career. Gigs at American military bases during the Korean War turned Tomi onto country and she found her calling. Soon, she was the “Queen” of Japanese country music.

Decades later, Tomi’s path to Nashville is as indefatigable as ever. Nearing seventy, Tomi and her husband hit the road, greeting everyone with her infectious rendition of “Howdy!” and her endearing takes on country classics in bars and on the radio. Tomi wows with the comfort and ease of her music, which comes off less as a cultural performance than the expression of a woman’s irrepressible true self beaming through with a fabulous smile. And seeing that sun-soaked image is what’s ultimately most unforgettable about Josh Bishop’s lovable, music-filled documentary. –Eric Lallana

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