Our Mission

To support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown by preserving and honoring its history through fostering and providing funding for activities that reflect the Japanese American heritage, and to engage Japanese of all generations and all experiences.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation was formed in December 2006 through generous endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank, and Minami Tamaki LLP. Since then, the Foundation has provided more than $1M in funding. Read more...

In 2015, the Foundation’s board member Bob Hamaguchi and Jon Osaki brought forward a neglected, pipe dream of a project which had only the slimmest chances of success….. Bob built a movement which eventually lead the Recreation and Parks, Public Works and Municipal Transit Authority to collectively commit to finally creating an open space that represents the needs and character of Japantown. Read more…

A huge THANK YOU to the donors who contributed to our Covid-19 funds the past two years. Thanks to your generosity, our vital Japantown organizations averted a major crisis to continue their important services. Your dollars are currently hard at work providing direct, essential assistance to the community.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s annual New Year’s fundraiser offers guests a rare opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese New Year’s cuisine call Osechi Ryori, an elaborate preparation of dishes with special significance for the New Year. Read more…

Japantown Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for 2022-2023

This year, the Board of Directors for the Foundation will be focusing on three priorities: providing capital grants; projects that honor the founding members of our SF Japanese American community, and capacity building activities.

Regrettably, we will cancel our annual Osechi Ryori event in January 2023 out of the concern for the health and safety of our participants.  However, our successful online fundraising campaign to support Japanese American community organizations has created the ability for us to offer a grant application program this year, and we hope that you will support our efforts and the efforts of those we will select as grantees for funding.

We thank all the generous donors who supported our online fundraising efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to see our generous supporters.

Click to download the 2021 Grantee Report

THIS GRANT APPLICATION PROGRAM IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND FOR PROJECTS WHO ARE FISCALLY SPONSORED BY A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.  WE WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY INDIVIDUALS AT THIS TIME.

The grants application deadline is November 30, 2022. Email sfjapantownfoundation@gmail.com with any questions.