Crazy for Kanji Events

Past Events: 2009

January 25
Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St.

I had a “Fun with Kanji” table at the Oakland Museum’s Lunar New Year festival. Apparently, there was a shot of me in that capacity on the evening news! I also blogged about it on JapanesePod101.

March 7
Albany, CA: Kasuga Restaurant, 938 San Pablo Ave.

The Festival of Kanji and Book Launch Party was a great deal of fun. Nearly 100 people came!

April 26
San Jose, CA: Jackson St. between Fourth and Sixth Sts.

The Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese-American Festival) features one author each year who has written something reflecting Japanese culture. In 2009, I got to be that author! I sat at the info. booth, selling and signing books.

May 9
San Mateo, CA: Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration, San Mateo Central Park Recreation Center, 50 East 5th Ave.

I was at an outdoor booth at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration.

July 6, 8, and 11
San Francisco, CA: Soko Gakuen, 1881 Pine Street

Book signings at Soko Gakuen, a premier school where adults and children can learn to master Japanese. (I attended for two years. Three classes in particular gave me a very firm grasp of kanji.)

August 2, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St.

I did a multimedia event at the Asian Art Museum, focusing on kanji related to samurai (so as to tie in with the museum’s samurai exhibit). My event featured a video about the kanji for samurai weapons, as well as kanji in words revealing samurai philosophies. People enjoyed receiving temporary kanji tattoos, drawing kanji on magic paper, playing a kanji sudoku game from Crazy for Kanji, taking Verbal Logic Quizzes, and touching objects with raised kanji. There are photos on the museum’s Flickr site.

August 27, 7:30 p.m.
Mountain View, CA: East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St.

I gave a presentation about the joy of getting lost in the infinitude of the kanji world, where the deeper you go, the more there is to learn!

September 26, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Elk Grove, CA (near Sacramento): Jan Ken Po Gakko Arts and Crafts Fair, Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation (SASF) Facility, 9040 High Tech Court

I was a vendor at a festival featuring Asian-American arts and crafts.

November 14, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Berkeley, CA: Eastwind Books, 2066 University Ave.

I gave a slideshow and talk about the fun of getting lost on kanji trails.

Sat., December 5, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Berkeley, CA: Taste of the Himalayas, 1700 Shattuck Ave. at Virginia St.

I organized “Chaat and Chats with Authors and Artists: A Holiday Fair Featuring Autographed Books and Direct-from-the-Artist Gifts.” More than 30 vendors participated, and people deemed the event a success. Hamro Samaj, a site for the Nepalese community of Northern California, made a 9-minute video of the event, interviewing me and several other vendors. Gives a nice sense of the vibe of the event.