J-Sei Family Festival 2016

Here are some highlights from J-Sei's annual Family Festival held at the El Cerrito Community Center. Fun, food, games, and performances for the whole family and held annually on Grandparent's Day.

J-Sei Family Festival

Save the Date

Sunday, September 11, El Cerrito Community Center

You have been looking forward to this all year - J-Sei’s Family Festival will be held on Grandparent’s Day Sunday, September 11 at the El Cerrito Community Center. Our Family Festival is unique in that everyone can participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations. Take a seat in the sun to listen to Japanese musical groups, try your hand at an old or new craft, or sample delicious and unique food from various booths. All generations are invited to attend this free event with activities that children can enjoy. The Family Festival is J-Sei’s annual event to bring multiple generations together to celebrate and perpetuate the unique culture that we share. If you have ideas for Japanese craft or food demonstrations or entertainment, please call Diane at 510-654-4000 x18.

Our New Home

Come join us in our new space to connect Nikkei culture, community, and caring across generations. Our new site is at 1285 66th Street in Emeryville and you can reach us at 510-654-4000.

Senior Center Lunches at our new location are available Mon-Thurs at 11:30.

Senior Summer Special
Free: 2 new-to-you classes & 2 lunches. New classes will begin in June.

Getting here:

  • Conveniently located off the freeway from Ashby or San Pablo Avenue.
  • Free Emery Go-Round from MacArthur Bart drops off 1⁄2 block away; 1 stop from Berkeley Bowl West.
  • Limited parking on site.
  • Street parking as available – and more on 67th St, with access to walking path to 66th St.
  • 4 hours free public parking at Glashaus building (across from Starbucks) at 65th & Hollis Streets.
  • J-Sei Vanpool from Berkeley Methodist United on Mon, Tues, & Thurs at $2 roundtrip are available for a limited time. Inquire about spots by calling 510-654-4000.
See our flyer for more details.

A Fantastic Flavors Event!

We had a full house for our third annual Flavors of Spring event Friday, April 22! Delicious food, drinks, live entertainment and silent auction were enjoyed by all. The J-Sei Board of Directors sends a hearty thank you to our generous event sponsors, eateries, beverage companies, silent auction donors, attendees and volunteers. All of you raised funds for critical senior services. Please see the below for our wonderful supporters – THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to our sponsors


  • Kava Massih Architects with Don Kasamoto


  • Boxer & Gerson, LLC
  • Ned & Caroline Isokawa*


  • Abacus Products, Inc.– Greg & Aili Yoshii
  • Berkeley Bowl Market
  • Kaiser Permanente, Public Affairs, East Bay
  • Mechanics Bank
  • Korman & Ng Real Estate Services
  • Glenn & Arleen Takayama


  • Advantage Electric Supply
  • Asian Network Pacific Home Care & Hospice
  • Berkeley Buddhist Temple
  • Berkshire Vintage Senior Living
  • Buddhist Church of Oakland
  • Alameda County Supervisor
  • Keith Carson Russell & Karol Doi*
  • El Cerrito Royale, A Berg Assisted Living Community
  • Paul & Joan Fujii*
  • Mark Fujiwara & Jane Yamashiro*
  • Fukumae & Saman, LLC
  • Peter Fukumae
  • Blaine Honda, DDS
  • Karlsson & Lane, An Accountancy Corp.
  • Kokoro Assisted Living
  • Gary Lee & Lisa Oyama*
  • Dr. Leroy Morishita & Barbara Hedani-Morishita
  • Moriwaki, Imai & Fujita, Inc.
  • Matt & Sharon Morizono
  • Mari Nakamura Design
  • Aki & Emi Nakao*
  • Rockridge Optometry
  • Senior Helpers
  • Glenn & Amy Shinsako*
  • Chris & Arlene Swinderman*
  • Wayne Takata & Wendy Adachi*
  • Stephen & Dorine Tanaka
  • Jane Tanamachi*
  • Tokyo Fish Market
  • Diane Wong*
A big thank you to Union Bank for a long history of partnership

*J-Sei Board of Directors


  • ABC7 News
  • Alegro Chocolate
  • Alameda Bicycle
  • American Conservatory Theater
  • Artbeat Salon & Gallery
  • Bakesale Betty
  • Balletto Vineyards
  • Bell Wine Cellars
  • Belly Uptown Restaurant
  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Berkeley Symphony
  • Blue & Gold Fleet
  • Buttercup Grill & Bar
  • Cache Creek Casino Resort
  • Cal Shakes
  • California FlowerMart
  • Castro Valley Bowl
  • C’era Una Volta Restaurant
  • Clift Hotel, San Francisco
  • Cline Family Cellars
  • El Charro Mexican Dining
  • Field Stone Winery & Vineyard
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Fritz Underground Winery
  • Joan & Paul Fujii Richard Furuzawa
  • Fuse Box
  • Hair Solano
  • Harbor Bay Tennis Club
  • Gary Hoshiyama
  • Itani Ramen
  • Betty Kano
  • Steve Kasamoto
  • Ladera Vineyards
  • Lalime’s Restaurant
  • La Mediterranee
  • Ledson Winery
  • Lee’s Florist
  • Marc 49 Wine Bar
  • Markham Vineyards
  • Meal Ticket Restaurant
  • The Melting Pot of Larkspur
  • Monticello Vineyards
  • Michael Nagamoto
  • Aki & Emi Nakao
  • Nan Phelps Photography
  • Oakland Athletics Community Fund
  • Judy Ogata
  • Pacific Cookie Company
  • Pedroncelli Winery
  • Rick Quan Productions
  • Philippa Roberts Store
  • Rick & Ann’s Restaurant
  • Hiroshi Sakai
  • Suzie Sakuma, Event Photographer
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Sharron Sue
  • Stone Bridge Press
  • Sumito’s Floral Design
  • Sumo Roll, Inc.
  • Takara Sake USA, Inc.
  • Mark Tanaka
  • Stephen & Dorine Tanaka
  • Jane Tanamachi
  • Kevin Toyama
  • Jerry Tsukihara
  • Tucker’s Ice Creamery
  • VJB Vineyards & Cellars
  • Mitzie Yamamoto
  • Christine Yamashiro
  • Kay Yatabe
  • YJM Photography & Gallery of Fine Art
  • Yo Sushi, Albany
Have a look at the event program for more info.

New Year's Luncheon

Take a look at J-Sei's Oshogatsu luncheon ushering in the year 2016! Featuring special new year's foods, Sakura Kai taiko, and our very own ukulele class. Don't forget to check out our programs and classes for seniors.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec 8 — J-Sei Winter Celebration Luncheon
  • Dec 10 — Oshogatsu Craft & Cooking Workshops
  • Dec 26 — Christmas Day Holiday Observed: J-Sei Closed

J-Sei Home

J-Sei Home is a wonderful, Japanese assisted-living option in San Francisco Bay Area. The 14-bed licensed Residential-Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) provides care based on Nikkei traditions with an emphasis on Japanese and Asian meals, engaging activities and a warm, supportive environment. Caring staff aims to please and the newly renovated home provides a comfortable living environment.

Honor the Legacy

Come learn more about hour new home and how you can help us build an East Bay space for all ages and cultures.

Thanks to lead Flavors of Spring 2016 sponsor Kava Massih Architects

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