Discovering Your Japanese American Roots with Chester Hashizume


Chester Hashizume

SAN FRANCISCO — Anyone who has watched the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” understands the excitement of discovering lost stories, unlocking the mystery behind a family member, and the importance of teaching future generations that where they came from is important.

Come take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from Chester Hashizume about unearthing your Japanese ancestry on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown.

Cost is $5 for JCCCNC members, $7 for non-members, and free for Nikkei Family Legacy Project participants.  Space is limited, so register ahead of time.

Some of Hashizume's ancestors.

This workshop is the first of three in a series related to the Nikkei Family Legacy Project.  The workshop will teach you how to explore your roots and family tree, including how to identify your Japanese ancestral hometown. You will also learn about obtaining and utilizing family documents and how to determine the meaning behind surnames and family crests.

Now is the time to start researching your ancestry and preserve memories for generations.

Hashizume is a Sansei who has been exploring his family tree for over 20 years.  Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, he had little knowledge about his Issei grandparents. While working at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, he began discovering his roots. Realizing there were few resources to help Japanese Americans research their family trees, he decided to share what he learned from his own exploration by giving classes on this topic at the museum. Helping Japanese Americans discover their roots has become a life passion that he looks forward to sharing with you.

For more information or to sign up, contact the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505 or [email protected]  To learn more about the Nikkei Family Legacy Project, visit



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