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Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a private, nonprofit childcare center with a mission to provide Japanese/English bilingual, educational childcare in a multicultural context for preschool through elementary school-aged children from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Located in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, NLF is committed to providing high-quality, affordable child development services that foster a child’s self-esteem and confidence.  Using a partnership among teachers, students, and their families, NLF promotes a stimulating learning environment that encourages children to develop to their full potential and become active participants in their communities.

Japanese bilingual and multicultural childcare in Japantown  

"Living" Legacy of Japanese American Culture by Dr. Gary Kono 

Established in 1975, Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) is a bilingual, multicultural childcare organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown.  In 2002, NLF launched the Issei Women’s Legacy Project – a $2.2 million Capital Campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the historic 1830 Sutter Street building.  Completed in 1932, it was originally built as the Japanese Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Support "Living" Legacy of Japanese American Culture written by Dr. Gary Kono.


NLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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The Making of the Children's Songs Donor Display. You can also view at vimeo site.

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"Virtual" Dowa no Omatsuri

Sunday, February 28, 2021 

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