SF Bay Area
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), San Francisco
San Francisco Japantown – one of three remaining Japantowns in the US
San Jose Japantown – one of three remaining Japantowns in the US
Sister City Associations
US-Japan sister city associations in Northern California – many alumni are active in local associations, which share JETAA’s dedication to grassroots U.S.-Japan exchange. For association contact information, email firstname.lastname@example.org at the Consulate General in San Francisco. For information on JETAANC’s involvement in the associations, email email@example.com.
Cultural and Arts
Japan Society of Northern California – sponsor of a lot of Japan-related events in Bay Area. They also offer a wide variety of Japanese classes.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) – one of the main Japanese cultural centers in San Francisco and a partner of JETAANC. Offers classes in Japanese arts.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) – a partner of JETAANC, OACC sponsors a wide range of Asian (including Japanese) cultural and artistic programming, Oakland
Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association – a partner of JETAANC, OFSCA is an active group that sponsors student exchange programs between Oakland and Fukuoka, as well as a very popular Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival every Fall, among other Japan-related activities throughout the year.
San Mateo Japanese-American Community Center (JACC) – Hosts a number of Japan-related events, including a monthly Kabuki film screening, San Mateo
Pacific Film Archives – one of the largest collections of Japanese film in the world; often screens Japanese films, Berkeley
Asian Museum of Art – Features a large collection of Japanese art, as well as Japan-related events and classes, San Francisco
Bay Anime – website for anime and J-Pop in the Bay Area
Japanese-American Museum – San Jose
Ikebana International – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, flower arranging
Daiku Dojo – Japanese Carpentry
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.
JetWIT.com – 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.
Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
Japanese University Network in the Bay Area (JUNBA) – a network among Japanese university offices in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE)
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
crunchyroll.com – streaming videos, including many Japanese programs
mysoju.com – another streaming video site with many Japanese programs
JDorama.com – forum for Japanese drama fans
DAddicts.com – another forum for Asian drama fans with a lot of Japanese content
Note: These links are for informational purposes only. JETAANC does not endorse any of the entities listed. Please send any additions or corrections to communications|at|jetaanc.org