The Japantown Foundation Invites You to Celebrate the New Year with Osechi Ryori


The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s annual New Year’s fundraiser again offers guests a rare opportunity to experience the traditional Japanese New Year’s cuisine called “osechi ryori” – an elaborate preparation of dishes that each have a special meaning for the New Year.

We’re hosting the event on Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.

This year’s osechi will include food provided by Sushi Ran, Sanraku, Delica, and others. Sake tasting will be provided by True Sake. Performances include Shishimai by SF Taiko Dojo and Mochitsuki by Kagami Kai.

MayorLee_CGInomataThe Honorable Edwin Lee (photo right), Mayor of San Francisco, and the Honorable Hiroshi Inomata (photo left), Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco, serve as our honorary co-chairs of the event.

Event sponsors include Minami Tamaki LLP, Union Bank, Morgan Lewis and Joan Haratani, Mary Ishisaki, Ninomiya-Koda Foundation, along with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Kintetsu Enterprises Co. of America, Hatsuro and Amey Aizawa, Kimochi, Inc., Paul Dion and Ann Tamaki, Nihonmachi Little Friends, and Kiroku Kato.

Proceeds from the event will allow the Japantown Foundation to further its mission to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown. We are dedicated to preserving and honoring Japantown’s history, to welcoming and serving its residents, visitors, businesses, congregations and community organizations, and to supporting the growth and development of the community’s Japanese cultural theme.

The event is organized by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation Board of Directors: Donald K. Tamaki (President), Hats Aizawa, Bob Hamaguchi, Richard Hashimoto, Mary Ishisaki, Keith Kamisugi, Diane Matsuda, Sandy Mori, Jon Osaki, Allen Okamoto, Jerry Ono and June-Ko Nakagawa.

Tickets are $175. RSVP by Jan. 4, 2013. Purchase tickets online or by contacting event manager Grace Keh at or 415-534-5010. Sponsorships are also available.