Kizuna, a new organization dedicated to “uniting Nikkei for the future,” held a ribbon-cutting at its new office in Suite 306 of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The founders, who represent a new generation of community stakeholders, are pictured with some of their mentors and advisors who have been activists for decades. The informal ceremony was followed by a reception in the JACCC’s Garden Room, which was attended by members and supporters of all ages. For more information on Kizuna (whose name means “bond” or “connection”), call (213) 973-4465, email [email protected] or visit www.kizuna-la.org.
Board members Sen Sugano and Stacy Toyota spoke. Also on the board are Mickie Okamoto, Jessie Kikuchi, Bryan Takeda, Nancy Okubo and Tad Nakamura.
Emily Yoshihara played the koto, accompanied by Mitchell Young on guitar. Guitarist Jason Yano also performed a set.