Since 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair has provided the youth of Japantown and Greater San Francisco with leadership and mentor opportunities. Youth volunteers are at the very core of the NSF; they help it run, and they ultimately ensure the preservation of Asian and Pacific-American cultures in San Francisco. In 1973, these cultures were at risk of disappearing-thanks to the NSF, 2014 marks the 41st year of this celebration, and these cultures and communities are clearly flourishing in the 21st century. The NSF is proud of its continued community service and education with two days of artisan crafts, live music and dance, and great food and drink.
On August 2nd and 3rd, the streets of Japantown become inundated with all sorts of vendors, attractions, and programs. Two stages provide both a myriad of local talent spanning a variety of musical genres-hip-hop, jazz, pop, and rock-as well as traditional Hawaiian and Japanese song and dance. Local and regional artisans will be set up there as well, selling their wares. The artisans have an Asian focus, and sell a wide array of products-chocolates, clothing, jewelry, toys, and the like. Great food and drink are provided by local gourmet food trucks and restaurants. In addition, food sales from food sold by the Asian American Recovery Services and the Chinatown Youth Council support those vital community services and programs, and ensure the Nihonmachi Street Fair’s annual summer celebrations. More info can be found at http://www.nihonmachistreetfair.org/.