The Harimaya Bridge - Fundraiser Screening and Q&A

Eleven Arts Studios partners with The Berkeley-Sakai Association to bring you a special event screening of THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE.

 Watch the film anytime Thursday, July 9th through Sunday, July 12th, 2020. Q&A will be Sunday, July 12th, 7:00 pm PST (see below for more details).

The virtual screening is a fundraiser for Berkeley-Sakai Association's exchange programs.
Information for this event can be found at:
Berkeley-Sakai Association Facebook page

Film Screening:
Live Stream Q&A:
Film Trailer:

THE HARIMAYA BRIDGE tells the story of an American man who must visit rural Japan after the death of his son, to claim some important family items. Upon his arrival, this father discovers some of the secrets his son left behind and begins to see the world differently. The film stars Bennet Guillory (THE COLOR PURPLE), Saki Takaoka (CREST OF BETRAYAL), Misa Shimizu (OKOGE), and Danny Glover (LETHAL WEAPON).

This event brings together Eleven Arts Studios, which primarily focuses on creating film productions in Los Angeles that connect the United States and Japan, and the Berkeley-Sakai Association, a 50-year-old sister-city organization which acts upon its motto "together creating a peaceful world through friendship & cultural exchange.” The two organizations come together to create an event focused on fostering community virtually. Your screening fee will go to these organizations and allow them to continue to create content and community focused on connecting the U.S. and Japan.

Following the screening period, Eleven Arts Studios will host a Q&A with film director and writer, Aaron Woolfolk and film producer, Ko Mori, with Velina Hasu Houston monitoring and hosting the screening. Viewers of the Q&A are encouraged to ask their own questions in the comments of the Q&A live stream. Live Stream Q&A:

2020 Annual Dinner and Potluck has been postponed

The BSA Annual Dinner and Potluck, scheduled for March 13, has been postponed based on recommendations from the Berkeley Health Office to limit gatherings due to coronavirus COVID‑19.

We will reschedule later in the year once we know more. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

2019 San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

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2019 Chabana (Flower Arranging) Workshop and Photos June 22


Barbara Stevens-Strauss is a Berkeley-Sakai Association Board Member who practices and shares with us traditional Japanese art forms including ikebana, raku ceramics, chabana and tea ceremony.  Barbara will be teaching a Chabana workshop on June 22, 2019, from 2-4 P.M. at Takara Sake, 708 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94710.  The Chabana workshop is a benefit for the Berkeley-Sakai Association.  All flowers and natural elements for the workshop will be provide.  There is a $50 fee for the workshop and the number of attendees is limited to 15.

In the workshop, We learn how to use flowers and natural elements, available in our gardens, to make multiple arrangements. If you bring your own vase, you can take home one of your creative arrangements. Please contact the Berkeley-Sakai Association or Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending future Chabana flower arranging workshops. 

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