Welcome! Through this website and other educational
and community development programs, the Nikkei Federation fosters dialogue
in the Japanese American community -- in all its diversity -- and promotes
information regarding Japanese American cultural programs and services
throughout the greater Southern California area.
If you'd like to be a participating organization and
have your events listed here, contact
The Nikkei Federation shall provide common ground for
the mutual understanding and education of Japanese and Japanese Amercian
arts, culture and values to the community. The Federation serves the public
by coordinating and promoting Japanese American cultural programs and
activities as well as providing services through various educational and
community development programs and activities.
President Bryan Takeda
Vice President Cyril Nishimoto
Vice President Craig Tomiyoshi
Secretary Russ Tsuda
Treasurer Emi Fukuoka
For more information, contact:
595 Lincoln Ave., Suite 207
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 755-7957
Fax: (626) 396-9862
Cultural and Community Information Clearinghouse
The Nikkei Federation serves as a clearinghouse of information
for Nikkei cultural and community resources and activities. There are
many social service agencies, Japanese language schools, Japanese fine
arts classes, martial arts classes, Japanese cultural centers, foundations
and museums that are located throughout Southern California which offer
classes and services to anyone who is interested. The Nikkei Federation
can refer individuals to appropriate resources based on their specific
areas of interests and by which resource is most convenient for them.
Currently, all services provided by the Nikkei Federation are on a volunteer
Over the last several years, the Nikkei Federation has held quarterly
meetings for interested persons and organizations to promote the many
Nikkei activities, programs and services that are available to the public.
These programs and activities serve to educate and promote Nikkei culture,
arts and values. Other meeting topics are discussed and planned, such
as community leadership conferences and fundraisers. These gatherings
also help to coordinate the many events and activities that are held throughout
the year. Meetings are held at the many Japanese American cultural and
community centers located throughout the Los Angeles area.
Nikkei Community Scholarship
The Nikkei Federation hopes to encourage and reward students
who have excelled in the many Japanese performing, fine and martial arts
and who have demonstrated academic achievement and community service.
We would like to award educational scholarships to deserving high school
and college students.
Nikkei Federation Community Leadership Retreat
The Nikkei Federation plans to sponsor an annual Leadership Retreat
which will bring together community and organizational leaders to review,
discuss and plan for the challenges that face our community in terms of
Nikkei cultural preservation and education. The retreats will be held
at locations throughout the Los Angeles.
Annual Chrysanthemum Show
Every May since 1999, the Nikkei Federation has held the Annual
Chrysanthemum Show at the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, California. The
show is open to the public and displays the flowers from the gardens of
many individual growers. Nikkei Federation volunteers collect donations
to pay for the expenses of putting on the show. Any profit from the show
is used to help pay the expenses of the ongoing activities of the federation.
Nikkei Leadership Conference
In March 2001, the Nikkei Federation held a community leadership
conference where over 40 community leaders participated in a weekend session
to discuss the future of the Nikkei community and how we can work to develop,
promote and preserve it. Discussion topics included leadership development,
resource development, community collaboration, education and preservation.
Results from the conference include a Nikkei community resource directory,
the development of a Nikkei culture workshop, this web site, as well as
ongoing projects such as oral history projects and resource development