The specific purpose of the Hollywood Japanese Cultural Institute is to preserve, share, and promote the Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage through education, cultural programs, and activities.
3929 Middlebury St. • Los Angeles, CA 90004
President: Asao Masumiya
Vice President: Hiro Ogino
Vice President: Jerry Naito
Treasurer: Linda Ikegami
Recording Secretary: Susan Yamasaki
Newsletter Editor: Hideo Kuwahara
Fundraising: Bruce Ibusuki & Jerry Naito
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Japanese Language Class is Currently Online! visit HollywoodJLS.com
Dear Members and Friends,
On Saturday, February 11, HJCI welcomed in the Year of Rabbit with approximate 100 guest, friends and members. We enjoyed a delicious bento, entertainment and raffle. We enjoyed a judo demonstration by members of the Youth Class, a recorder perforance by the Fuefuki Trio, and ondo dance with audience participation. I wish to thank you for your generous New Year donations and donation of raffle prizes by our groups and members.
On Saturday, March 11, the Little Tokyo Historical Society held a book info (Rebel's Outcry, film documentary ("Little Tokyo Reporter") and panel discussion about the life and contributions of an early civil rights attorney and community activist, Sei Fuji. HJCI hosted this very interesting and educational event. Mr. Fuji and his law partner, J. Marion Wright, overturned the Alien Land Act which prevented immigrants from owning land in California.
Thank you for also supporting our Spring Pancake Breakfast fundraiser and the recent Smoked Salmon bento fundraiser held on Sunday, October 15. Bruce Ibusuki did a fantastic job of planning and preparing the delicious Smoked Salmon bento. Thank you, Bruce and the hardworking volunteers!
HJCI recently completed one of our 75th Anniversary goals of fumigating all 3 of our buildings. Thanks to your generous donations and support this major maintenance need was finally completed! I will keep you updated as we complete additional projects.
Special thanks to Hiro (Casey) Ogino and Bruce Ibusuki for building the structural framework for installing a full size movie screen that was used at the film screening of the Little Tokyo Reporter.. Hiro and Bruce generously donated the movie screen.
Please feel free to share your comments, ideas and questions email or the contact section of the hollywooojci.com website.
Stay healthy, keep well and I hope to see you all soon!
Asao Masumiya, HJCI President