Makoto Iwahara's lecture on Colon Cancer
Report of the 2nd Senior Week

The 2nd Annual Senior Week was held from September 12, 2008 to September 21 at JAA Hall. This event was first sponsored by the JAA Committee on Aging Issues as one of JAA's 100th anniversary events last year. This year, we were happy to have this event co-sponsored by JAMSNET (Japanese American Medical Services Network).

Our sincere thanks to the Consulate General of Japan, JAMSNET and all the service providers for their participation and support of Senior Week. Due to the diversity of our participating lecturers and workshop leaders, Senior Week was a huge success. The response from those who attended was very enthusiastic and positive. Over 1,000 persons from the Japanese and Japanese American community attended and many came to more than one event.

Due to the enthusiastic participation of numerous service providers during Senior Week, seminars and workshops were held on a variety of health issues including but not limited to: Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney & Wills, Social Security, Medicare US-Japan, Health & Gerontology, Preventive Health Care. Also held were workshops on activities to encourage enjoyment of daily living and good health such as dance, crafts, origami, calligraphy, chorus, yoga, taichi, massage.

New programs/activities for this year's Senior Week included the following:
  • A tour of Isabella Geriatric Center where over 30 Japanese and Japanese Americans currently reside
  • Report on the survey of various nursing and assisted living facilities in the tri –state area conducted by the Committee on Aging.
  • Lecture on the spiritual aspects of aging and Hospice care by Rev. Kei Okada
  • Lecture on the Japanese Home Helper system and Long Term Care Health Insurance system by Hideaki Makuuchi from Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Film viewing of "Cats of Mirikitani" with guest appearance by 88 year old artist Tsutomu "Jimmy" Mirikitani
  • Individual consultations on U.S and Japanese tax by Joe Oshima, CPA, Immigration Laws Ā@by James Nolan, Esq. and Ms. Keiko Matsuo (Consulate General of Japan)
  • Lecture by Ms. Diane Rose from the City of New York, Dept. of Aging regarding benefits and services for senior citizens residing in New York City

The Committee on Aging Issues was established in 2005 to better understand the concerns and needs of our senior citizens. Results of an Awareness Survey conducted in 2006 indicated that there was a huge demand for information on the aging process and related concerns and issues. Since the inception of the Committee on Aging Issues, it was our goal to be able to provide information to the Japanese and Japanese American community on a large scale and to have this type of collaborative event. I am so pleased that we were able to come together and work for the benefit of our community. The positive results of Senior Week show that our greatest strength is our diversity and sense of community spirit. We look forward to holding more events where we can draw upon the resources and expertise of our respective groups and promote the services of those dedicated professionals who work in this area.

Susan J. Onuma (Chairman of the JAA Committee on Aging Issues.)
The 15th JAA Charity Golf Tournament

Mr. Egawa, Mr. Hirata and
Mr. Shuko Kawbata, ANA
Under a beautiful sky, our Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held on September 23, 2008 at Canyon Club in Armonk with 107 eager players.

At 11am, the tournament started under the new Peoria Rules, and ended by 5pm. While dinner was being served, the raffle drawing was held with 30 prize winners. Mr. Satoshi Kanatake won the Grand Prize of a Sony TV Bravia LCD Flat and the pair of ANA round-trip tickets to Japan was won by Mr. Manbei Hirata of the Ichiban Restaurant. The tournament results were then announced (see below).

Following are the prize winners:
Champion: Manbei Hirata
Trophy Cup & ANA NY/Tokyo round-trip Business-class tickets (pair)
2nd: Junichi Hashimoto
3rd: Shunichi Yamamoto
Best Gross: Frank Hayakawa (men)
Akane Miyata (women)
Tadao Okada (super senior)

Members of the Golf Committee are: Kiyoshi Egawa (chair),Yusuke Iwasaki, Keiko Ishida, Tsuneko Mitsunaka, Tadao Okada, Katsuo Takeda, Setsuji Uematsu, Michi Tahara and Nobumasa Yoshizawa.

The Raffle and Hole in One raised a total of $5,100.00. Unfortunately, no one won the Hole in One Award cash of $10,000 at two holes.
Aki on West 4th Azusa Restaurant
Benihana Brother Int'l
Caddie’s Corner Canon USA
Casio America Daiei Trading
Doi, Shinichi Dytec Foods
Egawa International Furumoto Realty.
Hannah Resort & Country Inn IACE Tavel
Ikuta, Masayoshi Inter-Media (Yomitime)
Ito En (North America) Iwasaki, Yusuke
Japan Airlines Japan Network Group
Kajima Int’l Inc. Kikkoman Sales USA,
Kirin Brewery of America Kiso, Toshio
The Kitano New York Kokoro
Madison Engineering Maxell
Michi Beauty Salon Miya Co.
Momotaro Beauty Salon Mrox
Nishimoto Trading Northwest Airlines
NY Seikatsu Press Onkyo USA
Onuma, Susan Restaurant Hatsuhana
Restaurant Nippon Restaurant Shinbashi
Restaurant Tokyo Royal CHIE
Sakagura & Sonbaya Sakura Shoji
Sapporo Beer USA SEIKO
SONY Sushi Den
Taylor & Taylor T'studio
The True World Tsunami of New York Day Spa
Uematsu Setsuji Uematsu, Setsuji


Annual Year End Dance Party will be held on December 4 (Thurs.) at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel. This year, a "Lifetime Achievement Award" will be presented to JAA ex- president (2002-04) Mr. Toshio Kiso.
JAA Grand Bazaar

The Annual Grand Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 8 at 10am. There will be an apparel corner with fall and winter clothes; the sundries corner where one could truly savor the joys of the Bazaar; the food corner with its choice of goodies without additives and the secondhand book area. All sections are very popular and become crowded. There will be a raffle with prizes such as an AA ticket to Japan, a DVD player and Tiffany glassware.
To those members who wish to donate articles, please contact JAA office by the end of October.
Japanese Language Committee
of the JAA

The Fall workshop of the Committee was held on October 19 at JAA. Lectures on "Teaching using Technology with Internet, Homepages and Virtual Class" were given by Mr. Kazuo Tsuda (UN International School), Ms. Noriko Koide (Nassau Co. Cooperative Ed Services), Ms. Nobuko Hasegawa (La Guardia HS) and Mr. Tim Cornell (Harvey School).

JAA Chamber Music Concert

A wonderful concert was held on Oct.3 (Fri) at JAA with past JAA Music Award winners. An audience of over 60 persons were impressed by the high quality performances by Ms. Sayaka Tanigawa (piano/1993 awardee), Ms. Hidemi Iwazumi (violin/1999 awardee) with Ms. Yumiko Oshima (viola) and Ms. Miho Zaitsu (cello). Don't miss the next concert on December 5 (Fri.).
JAA Social Service

September 15: Coinciding with Senior Day in Japan, Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai brought warm greetings to over 120 seniors at the Senior Luncheon held at JAA Hall. "Osekihan", a dish traditionally served at celebrations in Japan was served to honor our seniors and to wish them good health and happiness. Ambassador Sakurai presented flowers with a special message to Mr. Haruo Ito who was the oldest person at this Keirokai. After lunch, lectures were given by Dr. Keiko Kimura with suggestions on extending one's life; Dr. Masazumi Adachi spoke on aging & Alzheimer. Entertainment was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Junji Masuda from Japan who with their group, "Melody Pocket" also perform at nursing homes in Japan. Violin music of Mr. K. Iwaki and his band also performed.

10/9 #1 Keiro-Kai menu will be Chicken & Egg on rice, noodles with vinegar seasoning.
10/23 #2 Keiro-Kai Menu will be Rice with Mushrooms, Salad and Japanese sweets. Dr. Kei Okada, Visiting Nursing Service of NY, a Spiritual Care Counselor will give a lecture.

10/29: 10am-12pm "Free Flu Shot" Ms. Aileen Yamaguchi has made important arrangements with Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY).
2008 Donation & Corporate Members
As of October 15, 2008
DONATION: Anonymous $10,000
J.C.C. Fund $10,000
CORPORATE: Eisai USA Foundation,
Kajima Foundation
Sony Corp. of America
Thank you very much!

Members News
Harmonia Opera Company (Director: Ms. Emiko Iinuma) will celebrate their 27th years anniversary at Merkin Concert Hall (129 W 67 St.) with performances of "EN SAGA the Tale of Inuit" and "Amanjack & Princess Uriko". Date: Nov. 6 (Thurs.) at 8pm, Tickets are $20 -$50. Please call (212) 870-1500 (Harmonia Opera Company)

Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company will be performing "The Tale of Genji" on Nov. 22(Sat.) at 8pm and Nov. 23 (Sun.) at 3pm at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 59th St. at 9th Ave, NYC.. This program consists of two parts. The visual introduction created by TV Japan will first unfold the culture of the Heian period followed by the dance "The Tale of Genji" which will be performed by artists of Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company. Long-trained-costumes are designed after the elaborate robes worn in the Heian court of 1000 years ago. Tickets ($5-child, $15-student & senior, $25-general) can be reserved by calling at 212-757-2531. www.ichinohedance.org.

On Dec. 18 (Thur) The Chamber Ensemble conducted by Mr. Reona Ito, JAA's Chorus conductor will perform music by Bach at Yamaha Artist Service Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Ave. 3rd Fl. The concert begins at 7:30pm. Please call JAA to reserve tickets ($15-$20).

"Halloween Party" will be held on
Friday, October 31, 2008 from 6pm to 10pm
At: The JAA Hall.

This is a first time event for the younger generation - 20 to 40 years old. We would like to network with our younger future JAA members. Come in a costume - (not mandatory) but think again - there will be a prize for the most original costume and the funniest costume. Costumed or not - join us and meet new Friends! Don't want to come alone in case you might not know anyone? Bring a friend! No admission charge, Free wine and refreshments The Band - HappyFunSmile will play one set. (most likely from 9 pm) DJ- Selector Arts will provide music all night
Aileen Etsuko Yamaguchi

Pioneer in Occupational Therapy in Japan

Her Issei parents immigrated from Fukui prefecture and farmed in California. Aileen is the youngest of 9 children (5 boys and 4 girls). When WWII began, Japanese Americans on the West Coast were forced by Executive Order 9066 to move. Aileen was moved to Merced Assembly Center and later to Granada Amache concentration camp in Colorado. Her earliest memories include fences around many barracks where they lived for three-years; also of wearing a head scarf due to severe dust storms as her mother walked her to school. As she became older and aware that as an American with a Japanese face , she had to deal with discrimination and an identity struggle. In 1963, she visited Japan to meet her oldest sister for the first time. Since Aileen spoke little Japanese and her sister spoke no English, the visit was a difficult experience.
In 1969, Japan's Ministry of Health passed the Law to begin Occupational (OT) & Physical Therapy (PT) schools. Due to WWI with many disabled soldiers, rehabilitation was very developed in America. Therefore, American OT's & PT's became consultants to the Japanese Government which eventually invited American OT's & PT's as Instructors. With two other American OT's, Aileen began the Fuchu Rehabilitation College in Tokyo (third OT school). Since Japanese language was not required of them, they taught in English. Although the Japanese students being limited in their English skills, they studied together and eventually became excellent therapists and pioneers for Japan..
Although Japanese language teachers were provided, Aileen was a poor student due to hearing Japanese at work daily, she preferred to listen to her “sensei’s” WWII experiences. Unique experiences include correcting the students pronunciation of American songs, many disco dances, and participating "undercover" at a student demonstration at Meiji Jingu. Initial graduates are currently national & international leaders, research professors who are beginning new schools, working in local & national government agencies.
Although Aileen decided to use her first paychecks to send her oldest sister while her Mother was still healthy for the first family reunion in California, she forgot to fly home making the reunion incomplete.
Upon returning to NYC in 1988 after working at the Kyushu Rehabilitation College eight and a half years, she attended NYU and worked at St.Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in psychiatry until her retirement. Being politically active during the 1960's in San Francisco about civil right issues, she has continued her interest by being the current President of the New York Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and being active in JAA's concerns for the Senior Citizens.