Programs & Events

Fishing Derby Program & Event

Due to the pandemic, our usual annual events, including the “Kenko no Hi” Community Health Fair, the Spaghetti Crab Feed featuring the late Yo Hironaka’s secret recipe sauce, the Nisei Fishing Derby, and others were suspended. Please join us to help restart these events. 

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JACL SF Chapter takes a stand against anti-Asian hate. We are distributing personal sirens to seniors in Japantown and conducting safety workshops.

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Help us honor the legacy of the late long-time chapter leader Greg Marutani, former National JACL Education Committee member, to plan future educational events.

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Coming soon! New chapter scholarship program, available in 2022.

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Check out our latest events.

Upcoming Events


Look here for upcoming SF JACL events

  • SF JACL Historic Japantown Mural Project Public Meeting III
    Dec 15, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    San Francisco, 1684 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
    Mural Updates, Phase 2 of artists sketch draft, public discussion, and next steps.
  • SF JACL Historic Japantown Mural Project Public Meeting IV
    Jan 12, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    San Francisco, 1765 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
    Mural Updates, presentation of notables list, Phase 3 of artist’s sketch draft, public discussion, next steps.
  • SF JACL Historic Japantown Mural Project Public Meeting V
    Jan 30, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    San Francisco, 1840 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
    Final mural updates, Final phase of artist’s sketch design, public discussion about notables list, comments.
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Stop Asian Hate.

According to a recent study by California State University
San Bernardino, anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States rose by nearly 150% from 2019 to 2020. 
In response, JACL SF commissioned, posted, and distributed banners and posters around San Francisco Japantown to remind all who visit our community that racist violence is not welcome. The banners were designed by the legendary nikkei advertising genius Bob Matsumura and printed by local business Pyramid Printing and Graphics. If you have experienced a hate crime, we strongly encourage you to report it. Please visit this link.



JACL SF believes in the importance of mentoring and supporting future leaders. Starting in 2022, JACL SF will be awarding up to ten scholarships to deserving students pursuing higher education goals. Please stay tuned for the application to be released later this year.

JACL also has a National Scholarship Program. Please click here for more information.

Masanori Murakami Academic and Athletic Scholarship winners
Seminar at Nihonmachi Terrace in SF Japantown

Help Educate Our Community

JACL SF cares deeply for the safety of the elders of our community. In response to the rise in anti-Asian violence in our city, our organization distributed over 500 personal alarms to seniors in San Francisco Japantown, taking care to explain how to use each alarm.