|Special Keirokai and Presentation of
the Centenarian Award
Photo by Masao katagami
|On September 20, 2016, we were honored to have Madame Akie Abe, wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit JAA during our 10th Anniversary Senior Month's Keirokai/Luncheon for seniors. She was accompanied by Madame Yuko Kishida, wife of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida; Madame Masako Takahashi, wife of Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi; and Madame Kaoriko Okamura, wife of Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura. Madame Abe gave special greetings and presented the Centenarian Award to Mr. Kiyoshi Nasu, who celebrated his 100th Birthday. After presenting roses to the other seniors who had birthdays in August and September and partaking in lunch prepared by our volunteers, Madame Abe and Madame Kishida enjoyed meeting and chatting with the seniors and listening to music played by the Iwaki Band. It was a delightful surprise for the seniors who were in attendance, and we are so grateful to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for this great honor. Bio of Mr. Nasu is the bottom of the page.|
JAPAN Disaster Relief Fund
|JAA Kyushu Earthquake Relief Fund
Six months after the earthquakes in areas of Kumamoto and Oita, the amount of the JAA Kyushu Earthquake Relief Fund has now reached $85,000.
A concert titled "Ako and Takarazuka OG and Friends" was held on September 8th, and proceeds of $3,000 were added to the Fund.
To select the appropriate recipients, JAA is contacting NPO organizations in Kumamoto and Oita where some people still live away from their damaged homes and fear continued earthquakes.
|Save the date : December 2nd
109th Anniversary Gala dinner
Our 109th Anniversary Gala dinner will be a fundraiser for the JAA. It will be held on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at the Harvard Club (35 W 44th Street, NYC). Guest Artist is Baritone singer José Adán Pérez. One Table: Gold ($10,000), Silver ($7,500), Bronze ($5,000), Individual ($500). This is the most important fundraiser for JAA.
|The 10th Annual Senior Month
|The 23rd JAA Charity Golf Tournament
|31st JAA Foreign Minister Cup
An awards presentation and closing ceremony followed the games with Deputy Consul-General Koji Abe and Consul Hayato Ishizuka of the Consulate General of Japan, JAA Vice Presidents Mr. Katsuo Takeda and Ms. Suki T. Ports, and Sports Committee Co-Chairman Mr. Shuji Kato among others.
The following awards were presented:
2nd Place: BEES
3rd Place: OREGA
MVP : John XhaniRadiatorsj
Best Pitcher: TakaHiguchi (Batman)
Most RBI : John Xhan (Radiators), Kasei Chen (Junks),
Nozomi Yoshinaka (Batman), Keita Sakimura (Niko Niko)
Most Home Runs (3): Keita Sakimura (Niko Niko)
JAA Sprit Awards were awarded to Mr. Kasei Chen and Certificates of Appreciation to Yomitime, NY Shukan Seitatsu Press and Mr. Iyasu Nagata (Dumboos).
With the support of the committee and officials, the tournament was a success. Thank you very much.
|Japanese Heritage Day
at Yankee Stadium
The 7th Japanese Heritage Day was held at Yankee Stadium on September 6th, 2016. The National Anthem was performed by The Men's Glee Club of New York. Inside the stadium, Ms. Toshiko Kobayashi of Origami Therapy Association demonstrated origami models and taught fans how to fold. JAA President, Ms. Susan Onuma, coordinated this event with assistance from volunteers Ms. Kobayashi, Ms. Eunah Kim, Ms. Ping Rong Chen, Mr. Tatsuo Yasuda, Ms. Yuki Kaneshige, and Mr. George Hirose.
|JAA/HAA Young Professionals Summer Mixer
Great energy and enthusiasm from Young Professionals made the first "JA Summer Mixer" a success! Hosted on July 21st by JAA and HAA (Hoshuko Alumni Association) with USJC (US-Japan Council), it was a chance for younger Japanese and JAs to gather together and to learn about opportunities at our organizations to network, enjoy Japanese culture and give back to the local community. Please spread the word and stay tuned for news of our upcoming "near-monthly" events, which will include networking mixers and cross-cultural activities (think Japanese festivals! art tours! movie nights!), as well as volunteering. A big thank you to Susan, Gary, Suki, Julie and Noda-san for their very youthful support!
By Jasmine Wilson and Yuki Kaneshige
Co-Chairs of JAA's Young Professionals Committee
The Summer Flea Market
|JAA Japanese Business Women Committee
On September 7th, Ms. Keiko Tsuyama, a journalist who is following Presidential candidate Mr. Donald Trump, spoke about this year's Presidential race and educational gaps in U.S.A.
Ms. Kyoko Hunter scrubbed and cleaned more than 100 chairs during the summer when fewer activities were held in JAA Hall. She used her own hand steam cleaner and wiped clean each chair. Thank you very much!
Our member Mr. Kunio Iizuka's art works commemorating the 120th birthday of Kenji Miyazawa were donated to Hanamaki City in Japan through Ms. Mariko Sasaki of N.Y. Iwate Kenjinkai.
$10,000 from Mr. Shigeo Kida
$28,000 from Mitsui USA Foundation
$25,000 for Keirokai and Apple Kids programs and
$3,000 for JAA Committee on Aging Issues.
$20,000 from Delta Air Lines
$5,000 for JAA-Delta Air Lines Scholarship and
$15,000 for Website updates/Oral history project
$4,260 from the late Mr. Nobumasa Yoshizawa
$1,580 from All Prefectures Golf Tournament
Donations to JAA A Committee on Aging Issues
$3,200 from ANA NY Senior-Kai
$ 3,500 from JAMSNET
$500 from NY Japanese-American Lions Club
$500 from Hoshuko Oyano Kai
23rd JAA Charity Golf Tournament
Special thanks to the following Sponsors ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS/ANA
Anglebrook Golf Club, Ryuji Funakoshi Hair Salon, Arysta LifeScience America Inc.,
Asahi Beer USA, AZUSA Japanese Restaurant, Benjamin Steakhouse,
Castle Hotel & Spa, Caddie's Corner Golf, Inc. Canaletto Restaurant, Daiei Trading Co.
East 53 St. Chiropractic Center, Egawa International, Fujita, Tetsuya, Furumoto Realty,
Hajime Restaurant, Hatsuhana Restaurant, Haworth Country Club, IACE Travel,
Ito En (North America), KAORU MC Corp. Kitano New York,
Land of Plenty Chinese Restaurant, Momotaro Beauty Salon, Milbon USA,
MiNGLE Beauty Salon, Mitchell Wolf, L.Ac., Nippan Daido USA, NRS Logistics Inc.,
Oguri, Kirk, Ono, Katsumi, Orient Corp. of America, Prince Hotel , Saito, Koji,
Sakura Shoji, Salon Wave, Sapporo Beer USA, Shizuka New York, SOBA TOTTO,
Sushi-Den Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Tsushima, Takada Yohei, Takaokaya,
Tao Consultants, T.I.C. Inc. (Hasaki & Sobaya) , Tokyu Hotels, Trend Pot NY (Japion),
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendrof, LLP, Wismettac Asian Foods
Yamada Yasuhisa, Yomitime Inc.
JAA really appreciates their continued support. Thank you very much!
9. 11 volunteers @Xavier Mission in Chelsea
Thank you for spending a good part of your Sunday volunteering at Xavier Mission on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Together we served about 1,200 people, and the staff there said we were one of the most efficient volunteer teams they'd ever encountered.
Volunteers came from the Consulate, JAA, USJC, JAJA, JETAA, Japan Society (thanks, Anna!) and JaNet. And our day of service may have represented what all our organizations are striving for: to help those in need, whether it be by providing consular or social services, Japanese cultural events, connections between Japanese and Americans, or food, the sharing of which is perhaps the most basic and enjoyable communal act that brings people together.
We will be volunteering again, perhaps later this year, but definitely on March 11th, a Saturday, and hope that you can join us again.
Thank you for contributing your energy and good spirits, and please enjoy the photos as a reminder of the day.
Yuki Kaneshige & "Tom" Horiki
Japanese Consulate General in New York,
Japan Information Center
|JAA Social Service
Keirokai – Luncheon for Seniors
July 7: For the Tanabata Keirokai, Chirashi Sushi, fried chicken, clear soup and ice cream were on the menu. The bamboo twigs which were brought by Ms. Hiroko Onoyama from Ms. Junko Snyder's garden were decorated with many colorful small papers containing wishes. Ms. Kyoko Ohnishi led people in an exercise using Japanese dance movements, and the Iwaki Band played the nice music as well.
July 21: Mid-Summer Keirokai One of the seniors' favorite menus, Unagino Kabayaki lunch boxes (Broiled Eel over rice), was served along with vineyard cucumber, soup and sweet Jelly. After Kuni Mikami's Jazz mini concert, Reverend Earl Ikeda from the N.Y. Buddhist Church joined Iwaki Band and sang a Hawaiian song. Lunch coupons to the Nippon Club were presented to the five seniors who were born in July by Your Special Birthday Foundation.
JAA member Tsukiko Kimura passed away from cancer on August 31, 2016. She was 80 years old. She was born in Tokyo in 1936 and came to the U.S. and married the artist Reiji Kimura in 1956. She studied at Art Institute League and then worked at Yamaichi Securities. She was a chief editor of the Haiku booklet "Hakobune" and volunteered to teach crafts, origami and knitting in her neighborhood.
Mr. Kiyoshi Nasu
100 years old
He was born on April 24th, 1916 in Watsonville, Los Angeles. His Okayama-born father was a translator specializing in the fishing industry, and his mother was born in Tokyo. He grew up in Terminal Island, CA, and moved to Japan when he was 6 years old. The following year, 1923, the Tokyo area was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake, forcing Kiyoshi's family to move to Hyogo Prefecture.
After WWU, Kiyoshi was hired by Mainichi News Paper Company as an English translator and became a correspondent and eventually editor in New York and Washington D.C. He once interviewed Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida.
Now retired, Kiyoshi lives in New York and works as a commentator on diplomatic relationships. He enjoys his daily walk, and he and his wife love to spend time with their grandchildren.