Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa, April 12

This episode of Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa featured the 38th annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival, which took place yesterday in San Jose's Japantown. The Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese-American Festival) embraces the local commmunity's love and appreciation of Japanese-American culture and heritage.

In 1976, as part of America's bicentenneial celebration, the City of San Jose encouraged local ethnic communities to sponsor festivals to share their culture. The Japanese-American community responded with a successful festival which is now, the Nikkei Matsuri - San Jose Japantown.

Nikkei Matsuri

San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club


Kyle Abbot Shamisen Performance

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Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa is a weekly half hour show covering Asian newsmakers, events, community accolades and youth perspectives. Join us every Sunday on NBC Bay Area channel 11, cable 3 & 703 at 5:30 AM and on COZI TV channel 186 at 6 PM.

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Did you know one in every four residents in the Bay Area is Asian? Asian Pacific America serves as a platform for people to spread the word about the great things going on in Asian communities around us.

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