Events

San Francisco’s Japantown is home to dozens of unique cultural events throughout the year that range from traditional Japanese cultural programming to J-Pop to Sumo. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these unique and fun events.  And when you do, be sure to stop in at the East and West Japan Center Malls!

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Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Celebration

May 05, 2012

In partnership with the JCCNC, this traditional youth celebration will feature traditional Japanese performances, mochi pounding, youth art contests, arts and crafts, activities, games, bouncy house and more.

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Japan Day Event 2012

June 23, 2012

In partnership with Genryu Arts, this event will feature a mix of traditional Japanese dance and music performers of all ages.

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Asian American Jazz Festival

July 14, 2012

Join us for a celebration of jazz in San Francisco’s Japantown.  Japantown’s location next to the ‘Harlem of the West’, the Fillmore, has led to it becoming a hotbed for cutting-edge jazz throughout the years.  To celebrate the community and its sounds, we’ve recruited leading Asian American jazz groups to celebrate.

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Sumo Champions Exhibition 2012

September 08, 2012

Experience the might of three Pro Sumo Wrestlers at this one-of-a-kind event.  Watch demonstrations, learn about Sumo Wrestling and watch actual matches take place.  Free!

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Japan Center Malls Anime Festival 2012

October 07, 2012

A wonderful afternoon of Anime fun featuring singing, dancing, a ‘People’s Choice’ Cosplay Contest, live drawing and more in the Japantown Peace Plaza.

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Santa Claus visits the Japan Center Malls

December 08, 2012 - December 09, 2012
June 15, 2013 - June 16, 2013

Ho Ho Ho – Santa Claus has arrived at the Japan Center Malls!  The Japan Center Malls has a perfect place to pose for photos with Santa and share your holiday wish list.  So, pack up the little ones and head on out to share all the joy of the holidays.  This wonderful Santa takes […]

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Japan Day Festival

June 16, 2013

Visit Japantown to explore the delicate might of Japanese art and music. This family friendly event will feature performances by some of the Bay Area’s leading performers in taiko, martial arts, koto and more. This event is produced in partnership with Genryu Arts. FREE

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J-POP SUMMIT Festival 2013

July 27, 2013 - July 28, 2013

Mark your calendars for July 27th & 28th, 2013 for the 5th annual J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL! A key attraction for J-POP Summit 2013 will be the inauguration of the 2013 San Francisco Japan Film Festival. The first full-fledged Japanese film festival to be held in Northern California and the Bay Area will launch at the […]

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Nihonmachi Street Fair

August 03, 2013

This August the Nihonmachi Street Fair will be celebrating a huge milestone…their 40th! Planning has begun to make this celebration one to remember. Stay in touch with us through Facebook and bookmark our website to stay up-to-date on events leading up to the 40th. Don’t miss one of the longest running community fairs in the […]

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Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party!

August 10, 2013

Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party! Japan Center Malls, August 10, 2013, 1-5pm Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can join us to create amazing things with paper. The inaugural Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for […]

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Sumo Champions Exhibition

September 22, 2013

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 2nd Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art and we’re bring it to San Francisco for FREE. Join us (and bring the family) to meet real Sumo Wrestlers, […]

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Japan Center Malls Anime Festival

September 29, 2013

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of Anime fun in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Enjoy a costume contest and musical performances celebrating J-Pop and K-Pop Culture! This free event will include a costume contest, singing and dancing by TI@ MI (Dancers), Angel Hearts (Dancers), Mari Watanabe (Virtual Idol ,Singer & Dancer), Animeyu (Dancer), Barry Evans […]

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3rd Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat

October 27, 2013

Spooktacular Halloween Party, Parade & Trick or Treat in Japantown Sunday, Oct 27, 12:00pm-4:00pm, San Francisco Everyone is invited for good old-fashioned fun at the a Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 28th at the Japan Center Malls!  Come in costume to this FREE celebration. Both young and old are invited […]

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Visit Santa Claus & Santa’s Workshop at the East & West Japan Center Malls

December 07, 2013 - December 08, 2013
December 14, 2013 - December 15, 2013

The Japan Center Malls wishes you a happy holiday season and invites you to visit with Santa Claus this December!  Join us in a special area to visit with your little ones, pose for photos with Santa and share your holiday wish list. This wonderful Santa takes the time to talk individually with each child. […]

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Cherry Blossom Festival

April 12, 2014 - April 13, 2014
April 19, 2014 - April 20, 2014

The 2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival now celebrating its 47th year, is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community. Please join us and become a sponsor […]

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Children’s Day Celebration

May 03, 2014

In partnership with the JCCNC, this traditional youth celebration will feature traditional Japanese performances, mochi pounding, youth art contests, arts and crafts, activities, games, bouncy house and more.

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Origami-Palooza

June 22, 2014

Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party! Japan Center Malls, June 22, 2014, 1-5pm Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can join us to create amazing things with paper. The inaugural Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for […]

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Japan Day Festival

July 13, 2014

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown! Join us for a day of exhilarating performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Taiko, Japanese classical and folk dance will be presented at the Peace Plaza. The Mall stage will showcase bonsai, ikebana, classical shamisen music, and shodo […]

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J-Pop Summit Festival

July 19, 2014 - July 20, 2014

J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is a pop culture-themed street fair that covers the grounds of Post Street from Fillmore to Laguna and the Peace Plaza of Japantown, and one of the world famous spot, Union Square, San Francisco.
The festival is hosted by J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL COMMITTEE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2013, the […]

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Anime Festival: Comeback Special-Sailor Moon and Kikaida, Sentai

August 17, 2014

Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of Anime fun in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Enjoy a costume contest and musical performances celebrating J-Pop and K-Pop Culture! This years events will feature performances from Mari Watanabe ( Idol/ S.F. Sailor Moon), Barry Evans ( Sentai Rider), AnimeMyu ( Anime Performing Group), Ti@Mi ( j-pop), Andronica ( […]

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Sumo Champions Exhibition

October 05, 2014

Experience the might of Pro Sumo Wresters at the one-of-kind event. Watch demonstrations, learn about Sumo Wrestling and watch actual matches take place! FREE

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4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat

October 26, 2014

Join us for some good old-fashioned free fun when the Japan Center Malls hosts a Spooktacular Halloween Party complete with mall-wide trick for treating and games, decorations, bouncy house, arts and crafts, face painting & removable tattoos. Children in costume will be able to trick or treat in East and West Malls and to visit […]

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Santa Claus Visits The Japan Center Malls

December 06, 2014 - December 07, 2014
December 13, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Ho Ho Ho – Santa Claus has arrived at the Japan Center Malls!  The Japan Center Malls has a perfect place to pose for photos with Santa and share your holiday wish list.  So, pack up the little ones and head on out to share all the joy of the holidays.  This wonderful Santa takes […]

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