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2015 Nihonmachi 5k/3 mi. Fun Run/Walk

Yu-Ai Kai

Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

2015 Nihonmachi 5k/3 mi. Fun Run/Walk

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Adult after April 17th
Adults 13 to 54 years
Ended $40.00 $0.00
Senior/Child (55 to 75 years / 12 years and under) after April 17th Ended $25.00 $0.00
Seniors 75 years & Older or Participants with sponsorships of $75 or more Ended Free $0.00

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Event Details


Who benefits from the fees for this race?

The proceeds from this race support the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center. It's mission is "To promote healthy aging, successful independent living, and advocate for all seniors, while embracing Japanese American tradition". This mission is carried out through a nutritious meal service, senior day care, financial counseling, case management, family support, a variety of classes, as well as other health and information related services for seniors. For more information, please visit our website at:

What does "Nihonmachi" mean?

The word Nihonmachi stems from the Japanse words Nihon, which means Japan, and 'machi' which means town. San Jose's Historic Japantown is one of only 3 remaining in the United States. The run has been held annually for over 30 years. 

What time does it start?

Registration opens at 7:15am and the Race starts promptly at 9:00am

What is the distance?

This is a fun run and walk for family and friends of all ages.  It is NOT a sanctioned 5k race.  The approximate distance is a little over 3 miles, close to a 5k distance, but not exact.  There are cutoffs at approximately 1 and 2 miles for those who do not want to run/walk the entire distance

Where is the Start/Finish?

The Start and Finish is located in front of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center at 588 N. 4th Street (near Jackson Street) in San Jose.

What do I get?

If your registration is recieved by April 17th, you will be guaranteed a really cool T-shirt with exclusive design by Steve Yamaguma of Design2Market.  Pick up your Bib and T-shirt at the Registration Desk on the day of the event. Registration opens at 07:15am. Please note that the participant Bib will not be mailed this year.


There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers in each of 12 categories, as well as a prize for the BEST COSTUME, a prize for the MOST FAMILY MEMBERS, and a prize for the person who brings in the MOST DONATIONS.  The awards ceremony will be held at Akiyama Wellness Center, located at the corner of Jackson and Third Streets, at 11:30am.

Age Categories are as follows (separate categories for Female and Male)

Age 0-12, Age 13-19, Age 20-39, Age 40-59, Age 60-69, Age 70 and over

What does it cost?

Please see the ticket type that is appropriate for your age.  There are separate costs for Seniors (55 and over), Children (12 and under), and Adults. Seniors who are 75 years of age or older, as well as participants with sponsorships totaling $75 or more, are free.

Are discounts available?

YES!  Your entry fee is WAIVED for participants who are 75 years of age or older, or gather and send to Yu-Ai Kai $75 or more in sponsor donations (provide the sponsor names, telephone numbers, and amounts).  Please contact Yu-Ai Kai at 408-294-2505 for additional information. Sponsors can be entered on the Registration Form. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

VTA Light Rail stops at the Japantown/Ayer station on First Street near Jackson Street
Paid parking is available at the Corporate Yard, bordered by 6th and 7th Streets and Jackson and Taylor Streets.  

Parking can be difficult in the Japantown area, so please allow sufficient time.  We suggest approaching the area from the East due to the closure of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets between Mission and Julian streets for the race

What else is happening in the area on the day of the race?

1) The annual Yu-Ai Kai Health Fair at Akiyama Wellness Center, 110 Jackson Street, from 9am - noon
2) The Nikkei Matsuri Festival, with food, culture, crafts and entertainment, from 10am - 5pm

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Unfortunately, no.  Because each participant must have accepted the waiver, the name on the registration must match the attendee name.

Here is a map of the race course




Have questions about 2015 Nihonmachi 5k/3 mi. Fun Run/Walk? Contact Yu-Ai Kai

When & Where

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center - Start/Finish
588 N 4th St
San Jose, CA 95112

Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Yu-Ai Kai

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, a nonprofit senior center located in San Jose's historic Japantown, is committed to serving seniors with an array of activities, programs, and services.

We offer a senior day care program, a well-balanced nutritious lunch service, social services, and a variety of classes, activities and trips for seniors, all designed to enable healthy aging.

Serving our seniors with Friendship & Love since 1974,  Yu-Ai Kai currently serves 3,000+ seniors annuallyWhile our roots are in Japanese / Japanese American culture and tradition, the programs and services are open to any senior in our community.

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