Keiro no Hi, or Respect for the Aged Day, is a Japanese holiday that honors and celebrates older adults. This year, Keiro and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center partnered to host the very first Keiro no Hi Festival in Little Tokyo. This festival will take an innovative approach to the festival’s programmatic elements, specifically catering to the older adult attendees.

Complimentary transportation from numerous locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties was provided. A hosted bento lunch was made available to older adults free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis with prior registration. This family-friendly event is free to the public and includes intergenerational activities, performances, food, workshops, a resource fair, and more.

With prior registration, those turning 66, 77, 88, 99, 100 or 100+ this year received a birthday gift.


Keiro no Hi Festival
Sunday, September 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Stage Performances
Iyashi Care Health Fair
Calligraphy Exhibit and Workshop
Vendor Fair
Food Truck

Thank you for attending the inaugural Keiro no Hi Festival!
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Stage Performances:       

Throughout the day, various older adult performers stood on the stage for entertainment.

10:30 a.m.                   Emcee Introduction: Dom Magwili & Fusako Shiotani
11:00 a.m.                   U4LT (Ukuleles 4 Little Tokyo)
11:30 a.m.                   Sakura Gardens Uke Group
12:00 p.m.                   Calligraphy demonstration by Kuniharu Yoshida
12:30 p.m.                   Move & Groove
1:00 p.m.                     Kinnara Taiko
1:30 p.m.                     Chika’s Ukulele Players
2:00 p.m.                     Shigin and Karaoke of Sakura Gardens
3:00 p.m.                     Asian Traditional Dance & Music Foundation
3:30 p.m.                     Asian Persuasion

Read performers and emcee bios

Iyashi Care Health Fair

Keiro and Providence’s Iyashi Care team hosted a health fair helping older adults and their families navigate advance directives and providing pharmaceutical consultations.

Iyashi Care Table:

Iyashi Care is a palliative care program to improve the quality of life for Japanese American and Japanese older adults with serious illnesses and their families. The Iyashi Care team will be available to answer any questions regarding this new, innovative program.

Advance Directives Table:

This table can help with the following:

  • Clarify and explain documents and forms relating to advance directives
  • Assist those looking to sign immediately (notaries will be available)
  • Provide Japanese forms and translations upon request

The Iyashi Care team encourages attendees to invite family members or close friends to participate in conversations at the advance directive table.

Pharmacist Table:

This table can help with following:

  • Address specific concerns or questions related to your medications
  • Better understand drugs and the risks or benefits associated with them
  • Clarify side effects and instructions

No reservations are required and walk-ins are welcomed. Interested parties are encouraged to bring a list of current drugs you are taking, but please do not bring your medication to the festival.

Read an article on why these tables may be relevant for you here.

Calligraphy art and Kuni

Calligraphy Exhibit and Workshop   

This exhibit will feature artwork and calligraphy by older adults in our community. You can also take part in a workshop led by Kuniharu Yoshida, a calligraphy artist and teacher at the JACCC.

Learn more about Kuniharu Yoshida and the workshop.

Vendor Fair

Throughout the day, you can look through the vendor fair to learn about community organizations in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.

Vendor list:

Food Truck

Tokyo Doggie Style will be at the plaza! Take a look at their delicious menu from Japanese-style hot dogs, to Japanese rice balls and takoyaki:


Complimentary Transportation

Complimentary transportation was provided from four locations:

  • East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center, 1203 W Puente Ave, West Covina, CA 91790
    10:30 a.m.: Depart for festival (Arrive at 11:00 a.m.)
    2:00 p.m. Depart for ESGVJCC (Arrive at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247
    11:00 a.m. Depart for festival (Arrive at 11:30 a.m.)
    2:30 p.m. Depart for GVJCI (Arrive at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Venice Japanese Community Center, 12448 Braddock Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90066
    11:00 a.m. Depart for festival (Arrive at 11:30 a.m.)
    2:30 p.m. Depart for VJCC (Arrive at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Walker Junior High School, 8132 Walker Street, La Palma, CA 90623
    11:45 a.m. Depart for festival (Arrive at 12:30 p.m.)
    3:30 p.m. Depart for Orange County (Arrive at 4:15 p.m.)


Stage Sponsor

Transportation Sponsor

Doizaki Family

Bento Sponsor

Lynn Miyamoto & Kevin Kroeker