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On a warm Wednesday afternoon, tucked away in an industrial part of Long Beach, faint murmurings can be heard from outside the open doors of the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center (LBJCC). Inside the long, wood-paneled social hall ... Learn More
The parking lot of Faith United Methodist Church (FUMC) is filled with cars. At first, it may seem as if the entire congregation has convened for a Sunday morning service but today is neither Sunday, nor is there a service being held. It’s a bright Tuesday afternoon and the halls of the church are... Learn More
Keiro No Hi, translated in English as “Respect for the Aged Day,” is a Japanese public holiday celebrated every third Monday in September. It is a… Learn More
In a small room at the back of Los Angeles Holiness Church, a group of caregivers gather for a meeting. Most of the congregation makes their way out of the church as they go about their Sunday afternoon, but this group stays behind to break bread, fellowship, and talk. Learn More
On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, Japanese American and Japanese older adults gather at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center (ESGVJCC). When they arrive, the older adults make their way into the facility’s social hall and sit together at long, white tables anticipating the day’s activities that await them. Learn More
At the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), Chester Ikei teaches older adults how to play the ukulele as a way to bring them together and reduce some of the challenges of aging. The free class supported by Keiro Grant funding, called Ukuleles for Little Tokyo (U4LT), began in September 2016 and has seen interest grow with every class. Now boasting a class size of about 30 students, Mr. Ikei and the JACCC encourage these older adults to learn how to play and sing classic Japanese songs - the kind they listened to in their youth. Learn More