Past Events


Osechi Ryori New Year’s Celebration Fundraiser

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation holds an annual New Year’s fundraiser offering 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.

This is our primary fundraiser and allows us to continue providing grants to Japantown and Japanese American-related nonprofit organizations.

Our last event was on January 8, 2015, at the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown. Guests were treated to an impressive osechi ryori layout provided by the prestigious Japanese restaurants and establishments including Sushi Ran, Sanraku, PABU, and Delica.

See photos from the 2015 event.

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We did not host an event in 2014 due to our focus on strategic planning for our organization. In 2013, the Honorable Edwin Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, and the Honorable Hiroshi Inomata, Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco, served as honorary co-chairs. Food was  provided by Sushi Ran, Sanraku, Delica and others. Performances included Shishimai by SF Taiko Dojo and Mochitsuki by Kagami Kai. The event was held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the West Bay Conference Center.

Event sponsors included 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.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s mission is 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.