Events

Thank you for visiting us online! The East and West Japan Center Malls is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown. It hosts 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!  

     

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

Find the current event here – Origamipalooza.com 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 […]

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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

Join us as we celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Japantown’s Peace Plaza.  Participate in cultural arts and crafts, bounce house, games and watch taiko, youth singing, kendo, and much more! This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Origami-Palooza

June 22, 2014

Find the current event here – Origamipalooza.com 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 […]

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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

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 3rd 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, learn […]

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

October 26, 2014

Everyone is invited for good old-fashioned fun at the a Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 30th at the Japan Center Malls! Come in costume to this FREE celebration. Both young and old are invited to experience a safe Halloween celebration in the city. Everyone can create spooky crafts, win prizes […]

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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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Children’s Day Festival

May 02, 2015

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 Festival

June 28, 2015

Join us for a day of exhilarating performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Including taiko, shamisen, classical Japanese dance and folk dance, and more. Free Live Performances and Demonstrations by: Fujima Sensei (Chicago/Japan) Sakura Ren (San Francisco Awaodori Kai) Kawahatsu Sensei (Calligraphy) Gintenkai  Project (Chicago) Tsukasa Daiko (Chicago) Genryu […]

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San Francisco Anime & Cosplay Festival

July 18, 2015

San Francisco Anime & Cosplay Festival July 18, 2015 Japantown Peace Plaza 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Special Guest: REIKA Come celebrate and show your love of anime and cosplay at SF Japantown. Whether you are an anime fan, cosplayer, or wanting to meet up with your friends, come join us for fun games and […]

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Origami-Palooza

August 23, 2015

Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party! Japan Center Malls, Sunday, August 23, 2015, 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 […]

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SUMO Champions Exhibition

September 19, 2015 - September 20, 2015

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition in the Japantown Peace Plaza. The four-time World Sumo Champion, five-time US Sumo Champion, current US Sumo Champion, and the heaviest Japanese sumo wrestler EVER will all descend on San Francisco to compete in […]

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5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat, Featuring Alphabet Rockers

October 25, 2015

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, pumpkin decorating, 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 […]

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Visit Santa Claus & Santa’s Workshop at The Japan Center Malls

December 05, 2015 - December 06, 2015
December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015

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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San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival

April 09, 2016 - April 10, 2016
April 16, 2016 - April 17, 2016

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, said to be the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C., celebrates the blooming of cherry blossoms at one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. 49th Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival – April 9-10, 2016 | 10 am to 5 pm – April 16-17, 2016 | 10 […]

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Children’s Day Celebration

May 07, 2016

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 Festival

June 26, 2016

Celebrate the cultural heritage of Japantown with a special 110th Year Performance from Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and Bay Area. Taiko, Japanese Classical & folk dance, Japanese dolls, Okiya Style Shamisen music, and more. In partnership with GenRyu Arts. FREE Live Performances and Demonstrations by: PEACE PLAZA STAGE: Gintenkai National Project GenRyu Arts – […]

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SF Anime & Cosplay Festival

July 16, 2016

Join us to celebrate all things anime and cosplay! Get your wigs and costume on, find your Senpai and notice your Kohai while exploring great shops and restaurants in East and West Japantown Malls. Not sure what to do? Stop by Senpai booth to get Cosplay 101 from local cosplayers. More information at our Facebook […]

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Origami-Palooza & Paper Airplane Contest

August 14, 2016

Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can join us to create amazing things with paper. Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope over […]

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Sumo Champions Exhibition

September 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 5th 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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5th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat Parade

October 30, 2016

Join us for some free fun-ky Halloween fun with the Japan Center Malls for the 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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Visit Santa Claus & The Little Hands Craft Shop

December 03, 2016 - December 04, 2016
December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

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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2017 Children’s Day Celebration (Kodomo No Hi)

May 06, 2017

In partnership with the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Northern California(JCCCNC), this 25th Japantown traditional youth celebration will feature Japanese storytelling and performances, mochi-pounding, youth art contests, arts and crafts, activities, games, bouncy house and more.

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Japan Day Festival

June 17, 2017

Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown! Enjoy the GenRyu Arts production of Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Experience Japanese cultural arts, music and dance. FREE Below is our current schedule, which is subject to change. We look forward to seeing you in Japantown! OUTDOOR PEACE PLAZA STAGE: 1:00 PM – […]

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2017 SF Anime Festival & Cosplay

July 15, 2017

Enjoy a summer celebration of love for anime and cosplay in San Francisco’s Japantown. Get your wigs and costume on, find your Senpai and notice your Kohai while exploring great shops and restaurants in East and West Japantown Malls. Not sure what to do? Stop by Senpai booth to get Cosplay 101 from local cosplayers. […]

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Origami Palooza 2017

August 27, 2017

Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels. Register HERE! MAKE A WISH, FOLD A CRANE. Join members of Rainbow World Fund as they gather wishes and cranes for the World Tree of Hope. Named one of the most ‘Beautiful Trees […]

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SUMO Champions Exhibition

September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

The Japan Center Malls and the Japantown Merchants Association invite you to join us for the 5th 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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Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treat

October 29, 2017

Old-fashioned fun at this Halloween Party! Trick-or- Treat in our malls, and play games, decorate pumpkins, bouncy house, arts and crafts, face painting & removable tattoos. And more!  This event is free.

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Santa Claus & The Little Hands Craft Shop

December 02, 2017 - December 03, 2017
December 09, 2017 - December 10, 2017

Kick off your holiday season with free photos with Santa (BYOC – Bring Your Own Camera)! Afterwards, let your little ones create gifts for you in our Little Hands Craft Shop! FREE

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Japan Center 50th Anniversary Ceremony

March 28, 2018

Join us as we honor Japantown’s Business Community on the 50th Anniversary of the San Francisco Japan Center. On March 28, exactly 50 years ago, the Japan Center was officially opened. We invite you to join us for a special ceremony to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Japan Center and honor Japantown’s pioneering business […]

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Cherry Blossom Festival

April 14, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Northern California’s 51st Cherry Blossom Festival  Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15 and April 21-22, 2018. Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown! The festival is held within the borders of Laguna and Fillmore Streets and Geary Boulevard. Enjoy food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand […]

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Children’s Day Festival

May 05, 2018

Join us as we celebrate Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Japantown’s Peace Plaza. Bring out the whole family for a fun day in Japantown!  Participate in cultural arts and crafts activities, bounce houses, games and prizes for the kids! You won’t want to miss the cultural performances and storytelling […]

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Buchanan Mall Celebration

June 02, 2018 - June 03, 2018

A 50th Anniversary Celebration on the Buchanan Mall. Come enjoy a full day of live music, dance and cultural performance.

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Soy and Tofu Festival

June 30, 2018

Come discover the joy of soy at the eighth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival A fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, to support the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly Event includes cooking demonstrations, soy and tofu vendors, soy and tofu dessert competition, live performances, soy samples, raffle, and soy education.  For more information, […]

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Japan Day Festival

July 01, 2018

Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown! Enjoy the GenRyu Arts production of Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Experience Japanese cultural arts, music and dance. FREE Schedule of Events OUTDOOR PEACE PLAZA STAGE: 12:00PM -12:45 PM: Kokuseiryu Shigin1:00 PM – 1:10 PM: Shubukai of Chicago dance troupe, Grandmaster/ Founder Shunojo Fujima […]

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SF Anime & Cosplay Festival

July 14, 2018

Get your wigs and costume on, find your Senpai and notice your Kohai while exploring great shops and restaurants in East and West Japantown Malls. Not sure what to do? Stop by Senpai booth to get Cosplay 101 from local cosplayers.

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Nihonmachi Street Fair

August 04, 2018 - August 05, 2018

The 45th Nihonmachi Street Fair The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. This year’s Fair will be held on the weekend of August 4 & 5 from 11am […]

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Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest

August 26, 2018

Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest Sponsored by the East and West Japan Center Malls August 26, 2018 Learn from origami experts to create amazing things with paper. More than a dozen teachers and activities for folders of all levels. MAKE A WISH, FOLD A CRANE. Join members of Rainbow World Fund as they […]

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Sumo Champions Exhibition

September 15, 2018

Feel the power and excitement of the 7th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition matches in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Free admission and Meet and Greet. Saturday, September 15th Meet & Greet @ 5:00 PM – East Mall (Outside Union Bank Room) Sunday, September 16th Sumo Exhibitions @ 12 PM, 2 PM & 4 PM – Peace […]

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SUMO Champions Exhibition

September 16, 2018

Feel the power and excitement of the 7th Annual Sumo Champions Exhibition matches in the Japantown Peace Plaza. Free admission and Meet and Greet. Saturday, September 15th Meet & Greet @ 5:00 PM – East Mall (Outside Union Bank Room) Sunday, September 16th Sumo Exhibitions @ 12 PM, 2 PM & 4 PM – Peace […]

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Santa’s Workshop

December 08, 2018 - December 09, 2018

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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Kimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts and Food Faire

December 15, 2018

Kimochi Silver Bells Arts & Crafts and Food Faire Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00AM-4:00PM The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 Silver Bells arts & crafts and food vendor applications will be available in the Summer. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list to […]

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