Bay Area


Feeling nostalgic about Japan? Luckily, we live in a place where there are Japanese things all around us! Whether it’s Japanese social groups, gardens, stores, restaurants, or hot springs, there are lots of ways to get your Japanese “fix” right in your own neighborhood. Click on the following links to see just some of what’s out there.

Japanese Government


Sister City Associations

Cultural and Arts

Social/Business Networking

  • JETAANC Facebook Page – One of the main social networking nodes for alumni, this is also where many events are posted.
  • JETAANC LinkedIn Group – The main business networking node for alumni. Also main place where local job listings are posted.
  • JETAANC social media – Connect with JETAANC’s social media by clicking the social media buttons on top of our website.
  • – A large online community for JET alumni, especially those involved in writing, interpreting, or translating. Also features current job opportunities.
  • Mixi – a social networking site that many Japanese in the Bay Area use.
  • Japanese-English Toastmasters (or “JETS”) – Japanese and American members meet to improve their Japanese/English speaking skills and to network.
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California – a major Japanese business networking group in northern California.
  • Keizai Society – A San Francisco Bay Area based business and professional networking organization. One of its primary purposes is to provide a venue of programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical for the success of entrepreneurs and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S.

Academic Institutes


  • BaySpo, the local weekly Japanese entertainment newspaper – hard copies in Japantown and elsewhere, online version here.
  • Ejan – another popular directory/info source for Japanese things in the Bay Area, including apartment listings.
  • Hokubei Times – another well-respected Bay Area Japanese newspaper
  • Nichibei Times – a well respected Bay Area Japanese newspaper
  • NikkeiWest – oriented toward Japanese-Americans and recent Japanese immigrants, this newspaper lists a lot of Bay Area and Japan-related news, including an Obon and summer festival schedule for the Bay Area.
  • Sports J, local weekly Japanese entertainment and sports newspaper
  • Tokyo TV – local TV channel with Japanese programming
  • KTSF – local TV channel with Japanese programming
  • TV Japan – 24-hour Japanese cable channel with programming from all major networks (majority is NHK)
  • KeyHoleTV – free streaming Japanese TV
  • – streaming videos, including many Japanese programs
  • – another streaming video site with many Japanese programs
  • – forum for Japanese drama fans
  • – another forum for Asian drama fans with a lot of Japanese content

Note: These links are for informational purposes only. JETAANC does not necessarily endorse any of the entities listed. Please send any additions or corrections to