Japan Case

Celebrating Japanese cultural heritage in the community.


The Japan Case supports the efforts of local organizations in San Francisco Bay Area and greater Los Angeles, who all share a common goal: to preserve and celebrate Japanese cultural heritage in the community.

All donations from the Japan Case will go toward qualified organizations and their programs, after completing an application process with JINS.

To support local organizations preserving Japanese cultural heritage, select the Japan case at checkout.


Based in SF Japantown, GenRyu Arts teaches 4.5 year olds up to 80 year olds the tradition of kumi-daiko, minyo uta and odori. They average 15-50 performances a year bringing community performances to instill a sense of responsibility for the youth to continue and develop leadership skills.

Learn more about GenRyu Arts at genryuarts.org

Photo credit: Battista Remati, loomflux.com


Each year, the International Association of Tako Age flies giant Japanese kites made of bamboo and mino paper at the Berkeley Kite Festival. The Festival itself has a 32 year history. They introduce Japanese culture through making and flying giant Hamamtsu kites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Learn more about the International Association of Tako Age at takoageusa.org


Soko Taru Mikoshi Ren’s purpose is for cultural communication between Japan and the US and to be the bridge for both countries. Celebrating 50 years alongside San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom festival, the Mikoshi was carried at the first festival back in 1968. This is the only Taru Mikoshi of its kind in the U.S. It is believed that the more the Mikoshi is rocked back and forth and moved from one side of the street to the other, the more blessings are bestowed on festival-goers.

Learn more about Soko Taru Mikoshi Ren at facebook.com/TaruMikoshiRen


Each year, over 200,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.

Learn more about the NCAL Cherry Blossom Festival at sfcherryblossom.org

Photo credit: Mark Shigenaga


The Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life, and San Francisco’s cultural life, through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach. The Nihonmachi Street Fair is proud of its 44 year history in serving the community through education, service, and youth mentorship.

Learn more about the Nihonmachi Street Fair at nihonmachistreetfair.org


The mission of the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multi-cultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. Every year, JCYC hosts a SF Aloha Run where runners and walkers of all abilities will enjoy Hawaiian music, entertainment and tasty Aloha treats. The funds raised will support JCYC’s children and youth services in San Francisco.

Learn more about the JCYC at jcyc.org


The mission of San Francisco Osaka Sister City Association is to introduce Osaka’s unique culture, increase businesses for Japantown merchants in SF and raise awareness of Japanese community groups within the Bay Area. They recently hosted the San Francisco Osaka Matsuri, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of San Francisco – Osaka Sister City relationships, where participants learned and experienced the culture and traditions of Osaka and Japan.

Learn more about the San Francisco Osaka Sister City Association at http://www.sf-osaka.org