As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Keiro Senior HealthCare presented the Genki Living Expo on Oct. 15 at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than 80 exhibitors showed attendees a variety of ways to live healthier lives. (Photos by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

Audience participation was encouraged at the Active Living Stage, which featured a Zumba demonstration by members of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple.

Seniors tried their hand at taiko under the guidance of Kishin Daiko from East San Gabriel Japanese Community Center.

Toru Nagao leads a line dancing demonstration. Nagao teaches ballroom dance and line dance at Keiro Retirement Home and also teaches in Gardena, Montebello and Fountain Valley. The Active Living Stage also featured demonstrations of tai chi by Misako Tsuchiya of Gardena Valley JCI, kendo by Pasadena Japanese Cultural Center Kendo Dojo, pilates by Jamie Mizuhara, and ballroom dancing by Willie Nagami and friends, as well as a talk by Denise Dador, ABC7 health specialist.

On the Healthy Eating Stage, chef Steven Huynh of Sodexo showed how to make dorayaki as well as salmon and tuna tataki salad. Whole Foods demonstrated how to make healthy drinks from vegetables.

Napa Valley wine educator and writer Annette Hanami gave a talk on the benefits of wine and was on hand to answer questions in the wine and sake tasting area. Sake was provided by Mutual Trading Co. and Takara Sake USA. Other speakers included David De Candia of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, who gave a talk on the benefits of tea, and Masako Harada of Yakult, who discussed probiotics.

In the Community Bookshop area, cookbooks and other publications were sold by Centenary United Methodist Church, East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, Las Vegas JACL, Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California, Orange County Buddhist Church, Pasadena Buddhist Women’s Association, Senshin Buddhist Temple, and Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple BWA.

Robin Koda of Koda farms in the San Joaquin Valley is pictured with Kokuho Rose whole-grain organic brown rice and the 11-grain Organic Nirvana. Other food and drink vendors included Coba, Fuji Natural Foods, Kangen Water, Red Shell Foods, Whole Foods Market (Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Hastings Ranch), and Yakult USA.

The Social Media Lab introduced seniors to Facebook and other forms of online communication. The expo also featured an Ask the Experts area for financial and legal advice, a Heritage Source book corner with authors Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo comics) and Naomi Hirahara (Mas Arai mysteries), and information on a variety of government and private programs and services for seniors.

Keiro staff members were on hand to introduce their programs and services. Keiro’s 50th anniversary luncheon was held on the same day in another part of the convention center.





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