Thank you for helping us celebrate 35 years of arts, community, and culture.  We were pleased to honor Speaker Yohei Kono, Representative Taro Kono, and Gil Garcetti with the Pacific Pioneer Award, JACCC's longest standing award.  We were also excited to celebrate the achievements of our three Community Spirit Award recipients: Ron Dyo, Patty Ito Nagano, and Glenn Tanaka.  Congratulations again to our six honorees and thank you for your commitment to the community and to JACCC.

As JACCC continues to grow and offer new programs and exhibitions ranging from the Broadway-caliber Peace on Your Wings to the upcoming Price Collection exhibition, we ask that you continue to be an active, participating partner in JACCC’s future.   

For questions please contact Janet Hiroshima at jhiroshima@jaccc.org or at 213-628-2725


2015 Pacific Pioneer Award Recipients

Yohei Kono

Mr. Yohei Kono's illustrious political career includes service as the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the longest serving Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Japan Diet.  Mr. Yohei Kono has supported the JACCC over the last three decades and continues to help cultivate the vital relationship between the JACCC and Japan.

Mr. Yohei Kono's illustrious political career includes service as the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the longest serving Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Japan Diet.  Mr. Yohei Kono has supported the JACCC over the last three decades and continues to help cultivate the vital relationship between the JACCC and Japan.

Taro Kono

Mr. Taro Kono has served as Senior Vice Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and he now currently serves as a Diet member.  Mr. Taro Kono continues in his father's footsteps to help promote the relationship between the JACCC and Japan.

Mr. Taro Kono has served as Senior Vice Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and he now currently serves as a Diet member.  Mr. Taro Kono continues in his father's footsteps to help promote the relationship between the JACCC and Japan.

Gil Garcetti

Mr. Gil Garcetti worked with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for 32 eyars, eight of which he was elected District Attorney.  Since leaving office, Mr. Garcetti has taken up photography full time and recently published REVERENCE: JAPAN: A Reverence for Beauty, a book focused on the beauty of Japan both new and ancient.  Most recently, Mr. Garcetti helped JACCC to promote cultural ties with Japan.

Mr. Gil Garcetti worked with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for 32 eyars, eight of which he was elected District Attorney.  Since leaving office, Mr. Garcetti has taken up photography full time and recently published REVERENCE: JAPAN: A Reverence for Beauty, a book focused on the beauty of Japan both new and ancient.  Most recently, Mr. Garcetti helped JACCC to promote cultural ties with Japan.


 The JACCC is excited to announce its 4th Annual Community Spirit Awards, highlighting the tireless efforts of the unsung heroes of our community.  As part of JACCC’s Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner, we will be recognizing these individuals who are making a significant impact on our community through arts, activism, social services, or business. 

2015 Community Spirit Award Recipients

Ron Dyo

Ron Dyo has made significant contributions to the community, especially through the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute.  Mr. Dyo co-founded the Nikkei Federation’s Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, a program for high school students aimed at building future leaders for our community.  The program has just completed its 12th year.

Ron Dyo has made significant contributions to the community, especially through the Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute.  Mr. Dyo co-founded the Nikkei Federation’s Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, a program for high school students aimed at building future leaders for our community.  The program has just completed its 12th year.

Patty Ito Nagano

Patty Ito Nagano was an elementary school teacher for thirty-two years and continues as an educator for our community.  Ms. Nagano was involved in the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress’ film Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story as well as educational workshops she created for the film.  Ms. Nagano continues to stay engaged in the community with the JACCC and other Little Tokyo organizations.

Patty Ito Nagano was an elementary school teacher for thirty-two years and continues as an educator for our community.  Ms. Nagano was involved in the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress’ film Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story as well as educational workshops she created for the film.  Ms. Nagano continues to stay engaged in the community with the JACCC and other Little Tokyo organizations.

Glenn Tanaka

Glenn Tanaka is the owner of Tanaka Farms. Farmer Tanaka has been involved in the community through the Orange Coast Optimists Club as well as holding programs at Tanaka Farms such as the Walk the Farm, Tanaka Farms’ largest event of the year.  Walk the Farm continues to bring together the community to support the farmers affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Glenn Tanaka is the owner of Tanaka Farms. Farmer Tanaka has been involved in the community through the Orange Coast Optimists Club as well as holding programs at Tanaka Farms such as the Walk the Farm, Tanaka Farms’ largest event of the year.  Walk the Farm continues to bring together the community to support the farmers affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.


2015 Anniversary Dinner Sponsors

Gold Patron Couple
Alan & Yvonne Nishio

Community Sponsors
Asia America Symphony Association/Beikoku Shodo/
    Japanese Women's Society
Ron Dyo
Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD)
Go For Broke National Education Center
Japanese American National Museum
Little Tokyo Historical Society
Little Tokyo Service Center
Omote Senke Domonkai Southern California Region, USA
Orange Coast Optimist Club
Pomona College
Project Kokoro
Rising Stars Leadership Academy
Urasenke Tankokai LA

Event Sake Sponsor
Mutual Trading, Co., Inc.
Takara Sake USA

Significant in-kind support provided by
American Airlines
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Additional Donations $500 and Above
Aihara & Associates Insurance Services
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Deloitte
Jupitor Corporation USA
Kintetsu Enterprises Company of America
Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP
Maison Akira
Hon. Ronald and Fujie Ohata
Dr. and Mrs. Bo Sakaguchi
Sushi Gen
Susan Tamaki
Marcus Tanimoto
Tokio Marine Management & Insurance Companies
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

 

Title Sponsor
Paul & Hisako Terasaki & Family

Presenting Sponsor
Aratani Foundation

Major Sponsor
American Airlines
Folick Family
George, Ruri, Lisa and Nathan Sugimoto

Gold Sponsors
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Hiji Bros.
Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation
Henry Ota
Union Bank

Silver Sponsors
Doizaki & Sons
Fukui Mortuary
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Pacific Commerce Bank
Sandy Sakamoto & Nolan Maehara

Bronze Sponsors
FIA Insurance Services Inc.
Gonsaku & Mine Ito Families
Glenn & Michiko Inanaga
Ito/Wong Family
IW Group
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Nobuyuki Family
Pacific Alliance Group
Panda Restaurant Group
Roth Family Foundation: Gil and Sukey Garcetti
Southern California Gas Company


Please enjoy the video from our 35th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner: