Women’s Society Marks 105 Years

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Members of the Japanese Women’s Society announce plans to celebrate its 105th anniversary on Nov. 1 at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Little Tokyo. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society announce plans to celebrate its 105th anniversary on Nov. 1 at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Little Tokyo. (GWEN MURANAKA/Rafu Shimpo)

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The Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California which first started more than a century ago, will celebrate its 105th anniversary with a luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Little Tokyo.

Many of the members are second or even third generation members of the organization founded as the Rafu Fujinkai on March 27,1904. Since its inception, the Japanese Women’s Society has provided service to the community through volunteer work, social welfare, Japanese cultural arts and by fostering goodwill between the U.S. and Japan.

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California help pack 10,000 pounds of candy for war orphans in Japan in 1947.

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California help pack 10,000 pounds of candy for war orphans in Japan in 1947.

Today the organization remains active as cosponsors of the Downtown JACL Women of the Year Luncheon, assisting the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in various activities, and promoting the cultural arts of Japan with demonstrations of tea ceremony, ikebana, calligraphy and cooking classes.

At the Nov. 1. luncheon, tea ceremony and flower arrangement demonstrations will be held from 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. The program will feature a performance of Nihon Buyo by instructors Wakayagi Hisami and Wakayagi Hisame, who are both members of the Japanese Women’s Society.

The Society will also be donating $3,000 to JSPACC (Japanese Speaking Parents Association of Children and Challenges), which assists families with special-needs children in the Japanese-speaking community.

Special recognition will also be given to six members who served as past presidents or vice presidents: Fusako Kanai, Hiroko Ikuta, Kay Inose, Sakaye Aratani, Sachiko Tanaka and Yuriko Tanaka.

Cost: $65. Deadline to register is Oct. 15. For more information, call Kazuye Tsuboi at (323) 662-5535 or e-mail at [email protected]

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