Spirit of San Jose Japantown Festival

This was the official website for the 2010 San Jose Spirit of Japantown Festival. Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages.

San Jose Japantown is one of the last three major Japantowns that remain in the United States. Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj) was created to continue the cultural and historical preservation of our 120 year-old, multi-ethnic Japantown. The JCCsj is composed of Japantown advocates, including representatives of major organizations, members-at-large, residents, businesses and property owners.

We invite everyone to be a part of our unique experience!


Main Stage
San Jose Taiko

Kids Zone
Story Telling, Jr. National Champion Fencing, Carnival Games, Balloon Sculpture

Hawaii Live
Halau Na Wai Ola, Ukulele Jams, WUMC Ukulele Band, and many more performances

Martial Arts
(all day): kendo, sword demonstrations, karate, aikido, judo

Anime Screenings in Two Rooms (content determined by age group), MAID CAFE - Akihabara style!

New Attractions
Beer Garden, Treatbot (Karaoke Ice Cream Truck) and Japantown Idol

J-Town Idol Judges Announced!

  • Alice Aoki-Sanchez is on the board for Berryessa's Art and Wine festival and has a degree in journalism. She has worked at several radio stations and has always been passionate about music. She would be representing KLIV radio, one of the few independently own radio right here in San Jose. KLIV has promoted the festival in the past.
  • Sam Liccardo is known for being the District III, City Councilmember, City of San Jose. He appeared in an indy production of 'Conan for Mayor of Japantown' by Roy's Station and is pleased to be a judge for the first J-town Idol contest!
  • Jona Denz-Hamilton has been on San Jose radio since the 1970s, on such radio stations as KOME, KLOK, KFJC, and KEEN. She also served as Program Director of stations in Monterey and Sacramento. You’ve been hearing Jona as a regular weekday personality on 94.5 KBAY for nearly 15 years! She also mentors up-and-coming broadcasters. Jona and her husband, Alan have 2 great sons, who have taught them the art of critiquing!

Silent Auction

We have many wonderful items available in our silent auction. The end times for the various sections of the auctions will be 1PM, 3PM and 4:30 PM. Come by and bid early and often!

Parking for the Spirit of Japantown Festival Come Early! Park around Japantown! Park in a FREE Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) light rail park-and-ride parking lots. Ride VTA's Lightrail to the Japantown Ayer station, walk one block north to Jackson Street, turn right and walk

Bike Parking

Bike Parking Ride your bike to the festival and park on North 5th between Jackson and Empire. Santa Clara County Bikeways Map http://www.vta.org/schedules/gmaps/index.html


Spirit of San Jose Japantown Festival Special Hotel Rate

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites-San Jose International Airport at 1350 N. 4th Street proudly celebrates three years of partnership with San Jose Japantown by offering a very special discounted rate for the Spirit of San Jose Japantown Festival on Saturday, October 2, 2010. We are just a few blocks from San Jose Japantown and minutes walk to VTA light rail public transportation which stops in Japantown. Our featured special rates include:

  • complimentary parking
  • complimentary hot breakfast
  • complimentary airport transportation
  • complimentary onsite fitness room, pool and spa
  • complimentary shuttle service to our partnered restaurant Vito’s New York Trattoria southern Italian cuisine (www.myvitos.com)
  • discounted day passes to our partnered offsite full-service fitness facility Club One Fitness at Skyport Dr.(www.clubone.com)

*Event Rates: King bedded or double bedded deluxe accommodations at $79.00 plus tax (normally $99.00 plus tax) King bedded or double bedded suite accommodations $89.00 plus tax (normally $169.00 plus tax) *Rates are subject to change based on availability and other restrictions.* Reservations and More Information:

  • Please call our front desk directly using our toll free reservations line 800-731-9995
  • Ask for the “Spirit of Japantown Group Rate”
  • Visit us at www.hiexpress.com/sjc-airport

StaySMART® at the Holiday Inn Express

Participant Information

Welcome to the Spirit of Japantown Festival! We are excited about you joining our community event!

Together through this festival, everyone can help promote and preserve one of the last 3 major Japantowns in the United States.

Here are ways you can participate.

  1. Sponsorship: Six levels available
  2. Donation
    •  Monetary
    •  Products
  3.  Silent Auction Items
  4. Booth Participation
    •  Sell Products
    • Information Distribution
  5. Car Exhibition

Eco Questions? Contact Melissa Baxter at mbaxter32@gmail.com

Click here for a copy of our cover letter.

If you have any further questions, please email: kathy@spiritofjapantownfestival.com or call 408.298.4303.

Thank you for your interest,

Spirit of Japantown Festival Committee

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose

Contact Information

The original Spirit of Japantown Festival Organizers

Kathy Sakamoto and Jeanne Katsuro

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose

The Spirit of Japantown Festival is an event of the Japantown Community Congress of San Jose (JCCsj). JCCsj is an organization comprised of 19 leaders from the major organizations, businesses, residents of San Jose Japantown, and very interested citizens of other communities.

Japantown Community Congress of San Jose

588 N. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Our Purpose: UPP!

  • Unification of all ethnicities, community organizations, artists, & businesses in Japantown
  • Promotion of San Jose Japantown brings awareness of our community to San Jose and surrounding areas
  • Preservation of San Jose Japantown and our unique blend of culture.

Contact Kathy Sakamoto, kathy@spiritofjapantownfestival.com or (408) 298-4303 with questions.