Above: Helen Ikeda, a member of the Nikkei Senior Ukulele Band, comes up a raffle winner during the annual Shinnenkai and Keiro Kai party hosted by the San Gabriel Japanese Community Center in El Monte on Jan. 30.
Below: A circle of friends toast each other for a great 2016. Seated are Susan Mita, Edith Ariza, Koharu Nakamura, Mary Yamasaki and Judy Tamada.
New 80-year-old members were also honored, including Bea Tabata, Charlotte Takata, Yo Okuda, Tsutomu Okuda and Helen Ikeda. SGJCC members who are 90 years old are Ets Nakamura, Mabel Furuto, David Nakamura, Tomi Nakayama, Tak Yoshida, Sam Ikari, Sadako Sogioka, Mary Yamasaki, Mabel Mayeda, Kiyo Nakamoto, Ted Hashimoto and Chiyo Watanabe.
Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo