Report of the 2nd Senior Week
Makoto Iwahara's lecture on Colon Cancer
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
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 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.
- 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"
- 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
Susan J. Onuma (Chairman of the JAA Committee on Aging Issues.)
| The 15th
JAA Charity Golf Tournament
Under a beautiful sky, our Annual Charity Golf Tournament
was held on September 23, 2008 at Canyon Club in Armonk
with 107 eager players.
Mr. Egawa, Mr. Hirata and
Mr. Shuko Kawbata, ANA
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
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.
|ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS
|Aki on West 4th
|Hannah Resort & Country Inn
|Ito En (North America)
||Japan Network Group
|Kajima Int’l Inc.
||Kikkoman Sales USA,
|Kirin Brewery of America
|The Kitano New York
|Michi Beauty Salon
|Momotaro Beauty Salon
|NY Seikatsu Press
|Sakagura & Sonbaya
|Sapporo Beer USA
|Taylor & Taylor
|The True World
||Tsunami of New York Day Spa
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.
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.
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).
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).
Donation & Corporate Members
As of October 15, 2008
DONATION: Anonymous $10,000
J.C.C. Fund $10,000
CORPORATE: Eisai USA Foundation,
Sony Corp. of America
Thank you very much!
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.
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).
Party" will be held on
Friday, October 31, 2008 from
6pm to 10pm
At: The JAA Hall.
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