Sat Aug 5, 2023

Nobuko Miyamoto’s 120,000 Stories

Part of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California's 50th Anniversary Celebration
Ticket sales ended for this event.

Experience an afternoon of multi-ethnic music and storytelling with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California as the iconic Nobuko Miyamoto shares the story of her amazing life. It’s a multi-generational journey as Nobuko traces her roots to the Santa Anita Assembly Center in 1942, taking us through her early show biz career on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood as one of a few Asian American performers, then her emergence in the 1960s as “Chris and Joanne,” with her embrace of her Asian American identity and the power of inclusion.

Nobuko’s stories address issues such as race, gender, multiculturalism, and climate change. She is as relevant today as she was 50 years ago when she, Chris Iijima, and Charlie Chin recorded the iconic “We Are the Children” the anthem for the yellow movement that was part of the groundbreaking album “Grain of Sand.”

As featured in Nichi Bei on July 20, 2023: Celebrating an ever-changing community with Nobuko Miyamoto




Premiere tickets located in the front section of the theatre cost $250 include access to the VIP reception after the show, a meet-and-greet with Nobuko and the musicians, a bar and catered menu. If you are interested in Premiere Seating, joining the Host Committee, or other options, please visit this link.



Sheri Bryant
Dianne Fukami
Yasuko Fukuda & Peter Chuck
Carole Hayashino & Kyle Tatsumoto
Sherry Hirota
Michael Ina
Caryl Ito
Joyce Iwasaki
Lewis Kawahara
Donna & Lowell Kimura
Duane Kurisu
Donna Kotake & Eddie Wong
Minette Kwok & Gerry Okimoto
Duane & Lucien Kubo
Kaz Maniwa & Masako Fukunaga
Colbert Matsumoto
Dale Minami & Ai Mori
Gary Mukai
Susan Muranishi
Joyce Nakamura & Jon Jang
Bob & Liz Obana
Rumi Okabe
Myron Okada
Allen & Pat Okamoto
Robert K. & Alicia Sakai
Teresa Serata & Charles Kagay
Lia Shigemura & Helen Zia
Hiko & Susan Shimamoto
Don Tamaki & Suzanne Ah-Tye
Wendy Tokuda & John Norheim
Ranko Yamada & Bob and Ken Matsueda




The Center (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California) strives to meet the evolving needs of the community through offering programs, affordable services and facility usage.

The goals are:

  • To manage and maintain a multi-service community center which is owned and operated by the Japanese American community.
  • To organize and provide educational, cultural, recreational and social programs that meet the growing needs, interests and concerns of the community.
  • To preserve and promote the Japanese American cultural and historical heritage.
  • To enhance understanding and appreciation among the Japanese American community, American public and people of Japan.
  • To provide administration and program space for non-profit organizations in the community.




Can’t attend Nobuko’s performance, but would still like to support The Center? You may donate here.




Please see our Covid-19 Safety policy for current requirements.



Ticket prices are subject to change. The Presidio Theatre allows returns up to 48 hours in advance of a performance. Processing fees cannot be refunded. For more information, please see the theatre’s Return Policy.

If you need assistance with ticketing please contact us at or 415-960-3949.


Sat, Aug 5
Reception for VIP & Premiere ticketholders begins at 4pm

Run Time

120 minutes



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