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Yu-Ai Kai's 8th Annual Sake San Jose event will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Join the hundreds of sake tasters as they embark upon the streets of historic Japantown San Jose (on Jackson Street, between 3rd and 7th Streets) for one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the year.
This year's opening ceremony will again feature a lively performance by the San Jose Taiko group followed by our guests of honor in a ceremonial sake cask breaking (Kagami-wari) and a toast of Kanpai! More than 20 Japantown businesses will host a pouring station, where Yu-Ai Kai volunteers will offer samples of sake made both in Japan and the U.S.
Early Bird tickets are $40 when purchased by May 19th; $50 after May 19. There is also a VIP ticket for $60 which includes admission, a Horitaka design Year of the Snake T-shirt, and express check-in line at Registration.
New this year will be celebrities participating at various pouring stations. So don't be surprised if you see a familiar face. Check the News and Update Section as they are confirmed.
Registration opens at 4:30 PM with Opening Ceremony beginning at 5:00 PM.
For more information, please visit www.sakesanjose.com
Ticket holders must be 21 years of age and must have valid photo identification.
No refunds or exchanges.
Sake San Jose is a fundraiser benefiting Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Service
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, only the name of the purchaser of a ticket or in the case of multiple tickets on an order will appear on the printed ticket(s). Just print and bring a ticket for each attendee and we will check you in based on the contact infomation provided by the ticket purchaser.
How can I make a donation to support the ongoing programs and services of Yu-Ai Kai?
You can make a tax-deductible donation to the general operating budget of Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Service by clicking on this link: www.yuaikai.org
When & Where
Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Service
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, a 503(c)(3) non-profit organization located in the historic Japantown San Jose, is committed to serving seniors with a well-balanced senior day care program, a nutritious lunch service, social services, and a variety of classes, activities and trips for seniors, designed around our Healthy Aging Initiative.
Serving our seniors with Friendship & Love since 1974, Yu-Ai Kai currently serves 3,000+ seniors annually. While our roots are in Japanese / Japanese American culture and tradition, the programs and services are open to any senior in our community.
Sake San Jose Entertainment
Once again, kicking off this year's event at the Opening Ceremony will be San Jose Taiko, celebrating their 40th Anniversary during 2013.
Also scheduled to perform at various venues in Japantown:
The Wesley Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Issei Memorial Building.
The Wesley Ukulele Band will be on the corner of 5th and Jackson St.
The Billy Davis Blues Band will be on the corner of 4th and Jackson St.
Yukari Sakaguchi and her Koto group, Marimo Kai will perform at the Akiyama Wellness Center.
Dale Electronic DJ @ the Kanpai Marketplace on Jackson Street next to Jimbo's.
Don't like to wait in lines? Purchase a VIP Ticket for $60 to enjoy Express Check-in at the Registration Line. In addition to a ticket to the event, you also will receive a Horitaka Year of the Snake T-shirt valued at $20. VIP Ticket sales end on Sunday, May 19th.
This year for the first time, you will have an opportunity to meet some special guests that have graciously volunteered to participate at various Japantown businesses. Those scheduled to appear:
Marla Davies, DJ at Mix 106.5 in San Jose
Robert Handa, Channel 2 newscaster
PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, founders of San Jose Taiko and National Endowment of the Arts Awardees
Rick Quan, former Chanel 5 sportscaster
Yoshihiro "Yosh" Uchida, SJSU Judo coach, community philantropist, and recently honored for 65 years of service to SJSU
Eric Wright, former SF 49er
Sake and Participating Japantown Businesses
This year, 26 Japantown Businesses and Agencies will be particpating as Tasting Stations. We were able to obtain 34 different types of sake including 9 sakes from Japan debuting for the first time in Sake San Jose's eight year history. Come taste these new sakes and your favorites from the past.