Sahomi Tachibana: American Legacy of a Japanese Dancer 

Thursday, March 3, 5-6 PM pacific

Explore the legacy of the Japanese American dance master: Sahomi Tachibana, whose career took her from American concentration camps to Broadway and beyond.

Join us for a virtual event: Sahomi Tachibana: American Legacy of a Japanese Dancer on March 3 from 5-6 PM, hosted by documentary filmmaker Lauren Kawana, featuring archival footage of Sahomi dancing at Jacob’s Pillow, and talks by Sahomi’s daughter, Elaine Werner, students Wynn Kiyama, Tomie Hahn and Theodora Yoshikami and Japanese American Kabuki performer, Bando Hiroshichiro on the legacy of this living treasure of Japanese Dance. This virtual event is presented by the Friends of Topaz Museum & NextGen: Geijutsuka.



October 25, 2020

You may watch a concert of Kimio Eto music live from Old First Church










We want to give a big thank you to our largest sponsor the San Francisco Japantown Foundation.  Without your tremendous support this event would not be possible.  We also want to thank the Berkeley JACL for their financial support in helping us finance this project.  Finally, we want to recognize the Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) for their fiscal sponsorship and Nightingale  Media Group for the technical expertise they are providing us throughout these five performances.   Without the generous support of all of our sponsors we would not be able to provide this experience.  Thank you to all of you.


August 11, 2020

You may watch our Live Peace Day event here.   This is a rare opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with Hibakusha, Hiroshima survivor Jack Dairiki. Please submit your questions to Jack into our live chat.  You may read about his experience on our website under the “Peace Day” heading of our menu bar.







NextGen JCA Peace Day: 75 years after the Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

August 9, 2020

Join us Live on Facebook here, Tuesday, August 11th, 8pm(PT) for a RARE opportunity to interact in a Q&A session with a Hibakusha (Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor)!
Jack Dairiki is a member of both the Friends of Hibakusha (FOH) and Committee on A-Bomb Survivors in the U.S. He will be joining us in a Live interview during our program to talk about his experience and answer questions from our viewers. Please place any questions for him in our Facebook Live chat. We look forward to welcoming him and hope everyone spreads the word and joins in as we all take pause to remember the effects of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago.
Below is a photo of Jack holding a drawing he did of his memory of the bombing.


July 28, 2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported this concert series by tuning in each week! We appreciate you sharing the series with others and helping us further our mission of preserving these Japanese Cultural Arts and supporting local J-towns & Japanese businesses.
We hope you will continue to support our mission by taking a few moments to fill our our short survey and subscribe to receive future program updates here. Thank you! ありがとうございます
July 28, 2020


Bandō Hirohichiro, is our featured NextGen Geijutsuka performing Kabuki Buyō in our final “NextGen Geijutsuka: Future Stars of Japanese Cultural Arts”  Live Stream concert on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 8pm (PST) via Facebook Live here(Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at noon in Japan).  It will be re-broadcast on YouTube here at 9pm(PST) later that evening.  Hirohichiro will be joined by Special Guest Bandō Naō in Japan, the eldest daughter of the late kabuki actor and headmaster of the Bandō School of Japanese classical dance (坂東流日本舞踊), Bandō Mitsugorō X, and is the eldest sister of the kabuki actor and current headmaster Bandō Minosuke.  Naō began her training in Japanese classical dance at the age of three. The same year she debuted on stage performing Otsuki-sama (“Mr. Moon”). At the age of eighteen, Naō achieved her natori degree (equivalent to a Master’s degree in the United States).

In our final concert, we are excited to have our first featured NextGen Geijutsuka Kuniharu Yoshida, back again as he performs Shodo in collaboration with this presentation, and we will have the return of Brian Mitsuhiro Wong on Koto to support this Kabuki Buyo performance.  At the very end, we will show everyone who submitted a video to join in our virtual Bon Odori once again led by Reiko Iwanaga, aka Hanayagi Reimichi.


July 7, 2020

We had so much fun with the first Bon Odori, we are excited to announce that we will be accepting new submissions through July 22, 2020 at 10pm (pst).   All of the information can be found here.

We look forward to having you join in on our group Odori which will be featured in our final concert on July 28, 2020 at 8pm(pst) via Facebook Live, and rebroadcast at 9pm(pst) on YouTube.


July 2, 2020

For the next four concerts we will air on Facebook Live at 8pm (PST), and will be on YouTube Live at 9pm (PST).  All Live Interviews will use the Facebook Live chat interface to choose questions from our audience for our artist.


June 29, 2020

Tomorrow at 8pm (PST) our 30 minute concert series begins.  All five productions will be viewable through our Facebook Live Here, and through YouTube Live Here.

Please only leave comments during the live stream production in our Facebook Live comments area.  This will allow us to try to have the artist answer your questions or respond to your comments.

To receive event reminders please Like Us on Facebook here and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here.

All concerts will also be viewable after the Live stream via YouTube.


May 28, 2020
Thank you so much for following us online. We appreciate your support and wanted to keep you apprised that our previously scheduled
May 30th live performance in San Francisco is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting Shelter In Place orders.
However, we will be hosting a series of online performances showcasing the NextGen Geijutsuka.  For five consecutive weeks, we will host a performance on Tuesday evenings (through our Facebook page) from 8pm-8:30pm beginning  Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your dedication in supporting these arts!



NextGen JCA is the Next Generation of Japanese Cultural Artists who carry on Japanese traditional arts with respect to time honored traditions, but also seek new ways to express them.

The best way to experience these arts are live and in person, but due to Covid-19, we were unable to do our live concert.  Instead, we are presenting five separate streamed events so you can enjoy them one at a time! You can still feel these arts as they are presented as they will be felt on a soulful plane and experienced uniquely through an individuals’ emotional vibration. Even if you are not of Japanese heritage, these arts are beautiful and connect people in a spiritual way. The arts transcend spoken language and offer an opportunity to get in touch with oneself on a deeper level.

If the art speaks to you, you should try it! Seek out someone to teach and mentor you in both the mechanics of the art, as well as, the cultural traditions and lessons behind it. Watch others on recordings for inspiration and share with and connect with people you know. In this way, you will be contributing to keeping the arts alive.

Artists who appear in NextGen JCA events will be artists who have dedicated themselves to the art, have achieved some level of excellence, and want to teach and pass it on to the NextGen JCA.


NextGen JCA Office

Phone:  510.482.1640

Email:  NextGenJCA@gmail.com

Thank you to everyone who has supported this concert series by tuning in each week! We appreciate you sharing the series with others and helping us further our mission of preserving these Japanese Cultural Arts and supporting local J-towns & Japanese businesses.
We hope you will continue to support our mission by taking a few moments to fill out our short survey and subscribe to receive future program updates. Thank you! ありがとうございます