SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Japantown Foundation will hold a special New Year’s celebration event featuring osechi ryori, the traditional Japanese New Year’s cuisine and sake tasting provided by True Sake.

The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at New People, 1746 Post St. in Japantown.

The foundation’s board members will be in attendance: Donald K. Tamaki, Hats Aizawa, Bob Hamaguchi, Richard Hashimoto, Mary Ishisaki, Keith Kamisugi, Diane Matsuda, Sandy Mori, Jon Osaki, Allen Okamoto, Jerry Ono and June-Ko Nakagawa.

Admission starts at $150. Sponsorships are available.

RSVP by Jan. 6 by calling (415) 830-4165, emailing or visiting

For more information, contact event coordinator Tamiko Wong at the above email address.

The foundation’s mission is to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown. It is dedicated to preserving and honoring Japantown’s history; to welcoming and serving its residents, visitors, businesses, congregations and community organizations; and to supporting the growth and development of the community.

In particular, the foundation support activities that reflect the Japanese American experience, and activities that engage Japanese of all generations and all experiences in America.

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