Located outdoors in the Buchanan Mall in San Francisco’s Japantown!
Our Tiny Tofu Town is a feast of activities for children and families! Familiar children’s activities such as a jumpy house will be supplemented by a host of soy- and tofu-related games and crafts for the entire family, including:
- Tofu Target
- Tofu Toss
- Lasso Tofu
- Soy Spin
- Color Me Soy
- Tofu Wear
*Schedule as of 6/1/2015, subject to change.
Special thanks to volunteers from Japanese Community Youth Council’s Japantown Youth Leaders
Click below to check out the Program Booklet for the Fifth Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival!
Jana Katsuyama, reporter, KTVU Fox 2
Jana Katsuyama is an award-winning journalist who has been part of the Bay Area’s KTVU Channel 2 News team since April 2007 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Jana has reported live from Tokyo in the days following the Tohoku Japan earthquake and tsunami, presenting stories with Bay Area connections as people began to evacuate during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Jana has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, Associated Press awards in California and in Ohio for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Peninsula Press Club. She was part of the KTVU Ten O’Clock News team that won a National Edward R. Murrow Award. Prior to KTVU, Jana worked at WDTN, an NBC affiliate in Ohio, as well as KBJR in Duluth, Minnesota.
She has been emcee for the Nichi Bei Foundation’s Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival since it began in 2011.
Jana graduated from Oberlin College with Honors, majoring in English Literature and East Asian Studies. She worked in Japan for the Japanese government’s JET Program before pursuing her career in broadcast journalism.
Mike Inouye, traffic anchor, NBC Bay Area
South Bay native Mike Inouye is the Traffic Anchor for NBC Bay Area and can be seen weekday mornings on “Today in the Bay.” His career roadmap has been varied, to say the least. Raised a local farmer, he simultaneously lived lives in the high-tech world of computers and internet, as well as professional comedian, finally ending up here as your traffic guy.
As a professional comedian, Mike has appeared at clubs ranging from the Comedy Store© in Hollywood to ComedySportz© San José. He still performs on occasion as a professional improvisational comedian and you may have heard his voice-over acting in a number of video games over the years.
His news career has garnered three RTNDA awards for his traffic reporting, two Emmy awards for his morning news team, and a dozen additional Emmy nominations including one for his work on “Dreams to Dust,” a 2008 documentary on the World War II Japanese American incarceration experience.
Mike is an alumnus of Mountain View High School and a proud product of the Bay Area where he, his wife and two kids have always called home.
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Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Sandlot, one of the greatest kids movies of all time. To celebrate, we’re recreating the perfect s’more (as taught by Ham Porter), with one little substitute: vegan marshmallows! We love Dandies original vanilla vegan mallows — packed with soy protein. Pair with your preferred graham and chocolate, and you’re ready to go!
Ham Porter: Hey, you want a s’more?
Smalls: Some more of what?
Ham Porter: No, do you want a s’more?
Smalls: I haven’t had anything yet… so how can I have some more of nothing?
Ham Porter: You’re killing me, Smalls!
“Alright now pay attention.”
- “ First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham.”
- “Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate.”
- “Then cover with the other end.”
- “Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good!”
Do you have a special dessert recipe that has your friends saying, “I can’t believe it’s soy!”? Then we want to taste it! We’re looking for the best soy and tofu dessert recipes to be featured at the VIP Reception and the Soy and Tofu Festival. The Grand Prize winner will receive $300 cash, a festival goody bag, a $20 gift card to Berkeley Bowl, a feature Nichi Bei Weekly and the Soy and Tofu Festival program, and be given the coveted title of “2013 Soy and Tofu Dessert Master”!
Second and Third Place Finalists will also receive cash prizes and a festival goody bag, and all semi-finalists will receive a $20 gift card to Berkeley Bowl. Both the festival and dessert competition will be covered by NBC Bay Area, KTSF and a variety of Pan-Asian media, making it excellent publicity for amateur and professional patisseries alike. For more details about the competition, please review the Competition Rules.
Start cooking, baking, and mixing now! The deadline for submissions is April 27, 2013.