J-Sei Home Opens Its Doors

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Sakura Kai Taiko from El Cerrito performs at the open house.

HAYWARD — On a warm, sunny afternoon on July 8, J-Sei Home celebrated its launch with a festive open house.

J-Sei Home (formerly Cypress House) is a newly remodeled, newly licensed assisted-living home in Hayward that will house up to 14 senior residents. It will be a unique provider of round-the-clock assistance that includes Japanese bilingual staff providing culturally sensitive care and activities in a licensed environment.

The home is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden. A trained chef who specializes in Japanese and French cuisine will provide three meals plus snacks each day.

Before a large audience, the open house began with a performance by Sakura Kai Taiko, composed of eight women from the Sakura Kai Senior Center in El Cerrito. Next, Bruce Hironaka, president of the J-Sei Board of Directors, welcomed the guests.

On behalf of Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, District Director Christopher Parman presents a proclamation to J-Sei Executive Director Diane Wong.

“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of J-Sei and the home,” Hironaka said. “Our event today occurs in our 40th year as a nonprofit organization. It represents another step in our efforts to renew and sustain the agency for another 40 years. The home represents J-Sei’s continuing commitment to provide services needed by seniors.

“It also honors all of those individuals and organizations who donated time and money in the first half of the 1990s to build the home. Their legacy continues through J-Sei Home, which will provide high quality care in a culturally sensitive manner.”

On behalf of the City of Hayward, Mayor Michael Sweeney offered his best wishes for the success of J-Sei Home and recognized the need for culturally sensitive housing options for older adults.

Christopher Parman, district director for Assemblymember Mary Hayashi of the 18th Assembly District, in which J-Sei Home is located, presented J-Sei Executive Director Diane Wong with an Assembly resolution commending the opening of J-Sei Home.

Rev. Ken Yamada of Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple and Rev. John Oda of Lake Park United Methodist Church in Oakland offered blessings for the home.

Wong closed by thanking the many individuals involved in opening J-Sei Home. Sakura Kai Taiko played its final piece and the audience enjoyed a delicious array of food prepared by the J-Sei Home’s chef.

For more information about J-Sei Home, to visit or to enroll, contact J-Sei Home Administrator Laura Date at (510) 732-6658.

J-Sei (formerly Japanese American Services of the East Bay) is a multigenerational and multicultural organization that has its roots in Nikkei values, history and culture. Visit the website at www.J-Sei.org.

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