Japanese American

Cultural &  Community Center

2013-2014 Annual Report

A message from the president

JACCC Mission

To present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs.

The Japanese character or ideogram for "thread"  糸  or “Ito” comes to mind (coincidentally, happens to also be my last name).  It symbolizes and is the root for how we hold things together.  I think you’ll agree, the JACCC is here as the thread to hold the community together through arts and culture. Programs like Remembering Sadako, Fiesta Matsuri and the many performances that fill the Aratani Theatre from classical Okinawan dance to contemporary jazz fill our soul, make meaningful connection, thread us together and help us gain a larger world perspective.

 

We have made great strides this fiscal year with increased programming, attendance and steady increases in our earned revenue--all leading to a positive net cash balance at the end of this year.  This would not have been possible without the leadership of the board, hard work and vision of the staff and the support from our donors, community partners and volunteers.  I am filled with overwhelming gratitude to those that have stepped forward to assist, support and be a part of the exciting things happening at the JACCC and I look forward to continue this momentum into 2015.

 

   

With deepest gratitude,

Leslie A. Ito

President & CEO

yoin = reverberations or resonance

A message from the president

JACCC Mission

To present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs.

The Japanese character or ideogram for "thread"  糸  or “Ito” comes to mind (coincidentally, happens to also be my last name).  It symbolizes and is the root for how we hold things together.  I think you’ll agree, the JACCC is here as the thread to hold the community together through arts and culture. Programs like Remembering Sadako, Fiesta Matsuri and the many performances that fill the Aratani Theatre from classical Okinawan dance to contemporary jazz fill our soul, make meaningful connection, thread us together and help us gain a larger world perspective.

 

We have made great strides this fiscal year with increased programming, attendance and steady increases in our earned revenue--all leading to a positive net cash balance at the end of this year.  This would not have been possible without the leadership of the board, hard work and vision of the staff and the support from our donors, community partners and volunteers.  I am filled with overwhelming gratitude to those that have stepped forward to assist, support and be a part of the exciting things happening at the JACCC and I look forward to continue this momentum into 2015.

 

   

With deepest gratitude,

Leslie A. Ito

President & CEO

yoin = reverberations or resonance

Hibakusha photo installation

(Jul 25 - Jul 30, 2013)

Photo and video interviews of the hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

 

73rd Nisei Week Festival

(Aug 10 - Aug 18, 2013)

 

“Samurai and Geisha Fest”

Anime/Manga exhibition

(Oct 5 - Oct 20, 2013)

From Tokyo, Japan, more than 100 anime/manga artists exhibit their talent.

 

Meito Kai (Calligraphy)

(Nov 9 - Nov 17, 2013)

15th anniversary exhibition of Meito-kai calligraphy group.  Calligraphy lecture and demonstrations by the students and teachers of  Meito –kai group.

Doizaki Gallery                  

 

AJA XXV

(Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2013)

Celebrating the 25th anniversary contemporary exhibition featuring emergin artists: Toshi Tomita, Wakana Kimura, and Andy Ku

Summer/Fall Highlights from the Doizaki Gallery

NEW YEARS AT THE JACCC


Oshogatsu children workshop 
(Dec 28, 2013)

T-shirt design,sumie workshop, Mochitsuki, crafts, and Taiko workshops.

 

17h Shikishi exhibition (Jan 5 - Feb 15, 2014)

More than 200 participants from Japan and US

 

Kotohajime:  Hatsu(kaze) (Jan 5, 2014)

First performance of New Year.  Performers included Japanese court music, Tetsuya Nakamura (Harmonica), and Japanese archery group.

Bamboo and Petals (Mar 11 - Mar 12, 2014)

Featuring the flower arrangements of  Ikenobo, Ohara, and Sogetsu Ikebana school.

Honoring the victims of Tohoku earthquake.

 

Ohara School  (Apr 5 - Apr 9, 2014)

Throughout the week, more than 100 students attended the workshop and lecture by master teacher from Japan.

 

Sogetsu Ikebana annual show  (May 31 - Jun 1, 2014)

Representing the Sogetsu school of Ikebana with more than 60 flower arrangements and installations by the teachers and students.

 

Ikenobo Ikebana school of LA Chapter  (Jun 28 - Jun 29,2014)

Showcasing 550 years of traditional flower arrangements with local plants and flowers.

IKEBANA AT THE JACCC

SPRING AT THE JACCC

 

Hinamatsuri Fest  (Mar 3, 2014)

Girls Day celebration with dolls and tea ceremony by Ogasawara school of tea.

 

Culinary Arts  (Apr 19, 2014)

On the Veranda series

Miso tasting by the Miyako Oriental Food Company.

Introducing the various type of miso where guest enjoyed the variety of miso cooking.

 

Sakura Art  (Apr 20 - May 12, 2014)

Anime Manga illustrations from Japan

Exhibition of more than 100 winning works from “the Sakura” manga competition.

 

 

 

Live at the Aratani!

In January 2014, the JACCC hosted a  second year of a concert series aimed at bringing back the Sansei (third generation Japanese Americans) to Little Tokyo.

 

Willie K.                       

(Jan 25, 2014)

From traditional and contemporary Hawaiian to blues and rock, Willie K. rocked the house and earned three standing ovations!  Willie also provided a community workshop/demonstration for seniors, children and Little Tokyo residents.

 

Tierra                               

(Mar 8, 2014)

The band named Best R&B Vocal Group by four leading magazines including Billboard. They started their career in East LA with a blend of rock, pop, jazz, R&B and salsa.

 

Society of Seven            

(Apr 26, 2014)

Hawaii's best and America's premier showgroup. Society of Seven delivers an outstanding show filled with amazing vocals, brilliant comedy and infectious joy. This talented ensemble warms up the room with their love for entertaining.

Legacy: Homage to Michio Ito

“Toyo and Michio”

(Mar 11 - Mar 15, 2014)

 

In conjunction with the performance by Dance Theatre Workshop (Salt Lake City Utah), photography exhibition from the Toyo Miyatake Studio was exhibited in Tea Room.

 

Momotaro & Other Wondrous Tales

(Jan 25, 2014)

 

In partnership with the Grateful Crane Ensemble, we hosted an afternoon of Children's Theater featuring classic Japanese children's stories, as well as a variety of "booksongs" - companion songs to favorite American children's books.

Me Ke Aloha Pumehana - With Warmest Aloha 

(May 31, 2014)

 
The program of all-original Hawaiian and English language songs will featured vocals, chant, and dance by renowned kumu hula Keali`i Ceballos and his award-winning halau, Halau Keali`i O Nalani. It premiered new hula choreographies to original music written by Grammy® Award Winners Daniel Ho and Amy Ku`uleialoha Stillman.

In January 2014, the JACCC launched a unique collaboration with Brad Ranola and Cary Hitsman of Anacapa ʻUkulele, Blues-ʻUkulele artist and educator, Jason Arimoto, Six-time grammy award-winner, Daniel Ho. The result of this collaboration is U-Space, a coffee shop, a music school (with a heavy emphasis on ʻUkulele), and a retail ʻUkulele store all in one location. U-Space is focused on building community through music and ʻUkulele.

 

Together, we have also created the Mobile ʻUke Lab which made its debut at Arts Day L.A. On June 28, we hosted the first Annual L.A. ʻUke Expo which include a World Record Attempt for Largest ʻUkulele Ensemble, performances and workshops.

'UKULELE AT THE JACCC

(Aug 3 - Aug 5, 2013)

 

JACCC presented the first Remebering Sadako event which featured a concert by singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne.  The four-day event also include a community-constructed Sand Mandala, storytelling by the Grateful Crane Ensemble, origami workshops and an interfaith Ceremony for Peace.

Remebering Sadako:
Folding for Peace

(May 3, 2014)

 

Fiesta Matsuri is a new take on a JACCC tradition.  This year we celebrated children through a multi-ethnic celebration.  Fiesta Matsuri brings together the children’s day celebrations of Dia De Los Ninos from Mexico and Kodomo No Hi from Japan - in the heart of downtown L.A.  Festivities included food trucks, children’s games, cultural performances (taiko, folklorico, mariachi, Japanese and Mexican folk tales/theatre) and workshops (mochi making, ukulele and taiko).  Events were free and open to the public and attraced a culturally diverse, multi-generationa audience from across Southern California. 

Fiesta Matsuri

 

Financial Summary

Fiscal year 2013-14 was an exciting year both programmatically and financially. Under new leadership, JACCC has increased programming in performing arts, cultural arts, and community engagement, resulting in a more visible public profile as well as fiscal gains.

 

For the first time in more than 8 years, JACCC ended with a slight positive net surplus of $4,000. While expenses increased related to additional program and rental activity, these increases were largely supported by new contributed revenue from grants, individual donors, and an unrestricted bequest of $200,000. Rental activities increased, as did program income from ticket and merchandise sales related to new JACCC programming. The investment picture was also much healthier in 2014, and the board approved funds to be borrowed to pay off $1.7 million in loans.

 

JACCC continues to move forward with exciting new programs while continuing to achieve stability for the present and long-term.

 

The financial results depicted in our Annual Report were derived from the JACCC audited June 30, 2014, consolidated financial statements, which contained an unqualified audit opinion. JACCC’s complete audited financial statements can be obtained upon request at (213) 628-2725.

 

Notes:  (1) Increases in project specific grant and ticket revenue, as well as increase in program expenses due to increase in programming; (2) Increase in contributed income due to major bequest; (3) Increase in Miscellaneous Income due to insurance claim; (4) In FY13, investment Income was affected by a large loss due to the change in investment advisors; (5) Loss in Disposal of Assets represents items that were a part of the Futures Program that we deemed no longer feasible given the state of our organization; (6) board approved funds to be borrowed from the Endowment Funds to pay off $1.7 million in loans and instituted a repayment schedule and interest paid at a rate set by our audit committee.

For the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands)

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

Support and Revenue

 

Grant Revenue (Note 1)

313

 

44

 

 

Dues and Contributions (Note 2)

931

 

706

 

 

Earned Revenue (Note 1)

1,084

 

897

 

 

Gifts in Kind

134

 

168

 

 

Miscellaneous Income (Note 3)

158

 

22

 

 

Investment Income (Note 4)

217

 

54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Support and Revenue

2,837

 

1,891

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functional Expenses

 

Program Services (Note 1)

1,941

 

1,663

 

 

Management and General

618

 

765

 

 

Fundraising

99

 

117

 

 

Special Events

174

 

187

 

 

Loss on Disposal of Assets (Note 5)

0

 

299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Functional Expenses

2,833

 

3,031

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Results: Support and Revenue over Functional Expenses

4

 

(1,140)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset, Liability & Net

 

Cash & Cash Equivalents

1,181

 

867

Asset Summary

 

Investments (Note 6)

1,058

 

2,290

 

 

Account Receivable

104

 

130

 

 

Prepaid Expenses

6

 

9

 

 

Inventory

3

 

3

 

 

Property & Equipment (net of depreciation)

6,457

 

6,568

 

 

Art Collections

222

 

222

 

 

Other Assets

9

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

9,039

 

10,099

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts Payable and accrued expenses

109

 

97

 

 

Loans Payable (Note 6)

1,794

 

2,863

 

 

Deferred Revenue

70

 

81

 

 

Other Liabilities

6

 

1

 

 

Total net assets

7,060

 

7,057

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

9,040

 

10,099

 

Thank you to all of the 2013-2014 JACCC sponsors and supporters.

Individual gifts between July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

The JACCC received a generous gift of $200,000 from the late Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi to support the mission of the JACCC.  Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi was a long time board member and tremendously dedicated member of the JACCC and Little Tokyo community.

 

Foundation & Government Grants
Aratani Foundation

California Endowment

City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Dept.

Getty Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation
Japan Foundation
L.A. County Arts Commission
Metabolic Studios/Annenberg Foundation

Takahashi Foundation

Western States Arts Federation

 

$20,000 and up

Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi Trust

Folick Family

Gary Kawaguchi

George, Ruri, Lisa & Nathan Sugimoto

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

 

$19,999 - 5,000

Japan Business Association

Henry Ota

Iris Teragawa

 

$4,999 - $1,000 
Calvin Abe

Lynn Arimoto

Anne Namba Designs

Gerald Fukui

Ruby Hori

Philip & Barbara Ito

Mitsunobu Nakamura

Sandra Toshiyuki

Jeanne Sakamoto

Sandra Sakamoto

Seki, Nishimura & Watase, LLP

Dennis Sugino

Lisa Sugino

Michael Yee

 

$999  - $500

Yaeko Aihara

Alan Nishio

FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

Glenn & Michiko Inanaga

Intercollegiate Nikkei Council

Ken Kasamatsu

Tim & Marion Manaka

Howard Miyoshi

Victor & Lois Muraoka

Nichi Bei Fujin Kai

Tamlyn Tomita

 

 

We are deeply grateful to all  donors.  We regret due to limited space we cannot list everyone.  If your name has been displayed incorrectly, or inadvertantly excluded, please accept our deepest apologies.

 

Eiko Tsuno

Dr. Takeo Uesugi

Shofu Shiohara

Minoru Tonai
Eiko Tsuno
Dr. Takeo Uesugi
Akimi Watanabe
Yoneo Yamamoto
Mary Yasui-Yamabe

Yoneo Yamamoto

Dr. Michael Yanagita

Kanako Yokoi Chung

 

 

 

 

 

Donations in Honor of:

Sakaye Aratani's Birthday

Frank Hiji's Special Birthday

JACCC Staff

Kay Umemoto

 

Donations in Memory of:

Shiro Nakamura

Dr. Sanbo Sakaguchi

Taketsugu Yoshida

 

Signficiant In-Kind Donations:

American Airlines

American Honda Motor Co. 

Omotesenke

Urasenke

 

34th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner

 

JACCC’s Thirty-Fourth Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner “Fashion Foward” celebrating the style of Japanese American designers , was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.  Over 450 guests joined us as we honored Tadashi Shoji and Anne Namba, who have contributed not only to the fashion and design industry, but also to the Japanese American community over the years.

 

The JACCC also recognized the 3rd Annual Community Spirit Award recipients Richard Fukuhara, Nancy Kikuchi, and Mike Okamura.

Thank you to our Anniversary Dinner Sponsors.

Title Sponsor

Paul & Hisako Terasaki & Family

 

Major Sponsor

American Airlines

Folick Family

 

Gold Sponsor

Aratani Foundation

Hiji Bros., Tsugio, Frank & Robert Hiji

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

Tadashi Shoji

George, Ruri, Lisa & Nathan Sugimoto

Larry & Mucci Taylor

Union Bank

 

Silver Sponsor

Doizaki & Sons

Fukui Mortuary

Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Nobuyuki Family

Henry Ota

Pacific Commerce Bank & Thomas Iino

Sandy Sakamoto & Nolan Maehara

Tadashi Shoji

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

 

VIP Reception Sponsor

Southern California Edison

Bronze Sponsor

FIA Insurance Services Inc.

Gonsaku & Mine Ito Families

Ito/Wong Family

IW Group Inc.

Miyako Hotel Los Angeles & Miyako Hybrid Hotel

     Torrance

Pacific Alliance Group/Yoshi Sano

Panda Restaurant Group

Southern California Gas Company

Sushi Gen

 

Gold Patron Couple

Alan & Yvonne Nishio

 

Community Sponsor

Asia America Symphony Association/Beikoku

     Shodo/Japanese Women's Society

Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity

Go for Broke National Education Center

Japanese American National Museum

Nancy Kikuchi Family

Little Tokyo Historical Society

Little Tokyo Public Safety

Little Tokyo Service Center

Long Beach Community Center

Daren Mooko

Nisei Week

Omotesenke Domonkai

Additional Donors

$500 and up

Cory & Kanako Chung

Deloitte

Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth

Victor Fukuhara

Yuji Iwanaga

Tom Kamei

May Kikuchi

Nancy Kikuchi

Little Tokyo Historical Society

Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP

Mikawaya

The J. Morey Company, Inc.

Mutual Trading Co., Inc.

Nikkei Credit Union

Tony Nobuyuki

Michael Okamura

Pasadena Seminar Kai

The Keith & Cecilia Family Foundation

Tokio Marine Management & Insurance

     Companies

Urasenke Tanko Kai LA Association

 

 

We are deeply grateful to all  donors.  We regret due to limited space we cannot list everyone.  If your name has been displayed incorrectly, or inadvertantly excluded, please accept our deepest apologies.

 

Donations in Honor of:

Victor Fukuhara

Rockett & Zoe Ito

Nancy Kikuchi

Brent Masami & Faith Sumiko Nishimura

Cheryl Teragawa

 

Donations in Memory of:

JR Funakoshi

Soiah Fukui

Suzy Endo Shimogaki

 

 

A Special Valentines Weekend Benefit Concert

Na Leo

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Aratani Theatre

 

Na Leo is Hawaii’s most popular and award-winning female Hawaiian group and continues to capture the hearts of Hawaiians everywhere with their soothing vocals.  Na Leo kicked off their 30th Anniversary with a performance at the Aratani Theatre benefitting the JACCC.

Whiskey in the Garden

October to February - Garden Room

 

Whiskey in the Garden featured a series of four educational whiskey tastings, led by Chris Uhde, President of the Southern California Whiskey Club and food pairings by Far Bar.  The series included an introduction to whiskey follwed by three themed tastings.

Officers

 

Henry Ota 

Chair

 

George Tanaka, Union Bank
Chair Elect

 

Nancy Matsui, American Airlines
Vice Chair

 

Gary Kawaguchi, Upper Crust Enterprises
Treasurer

 

Helen Ota
Secretary

 

Sandra Sakamoto, Esq.
Immediate Past Chair

 

Ambassador Tsuneo Nishida
Representative Director, Japan

 

 

 

2014 JACCC Board of Directors

Members

 

Jeff Folick

Gerald Fukui, Fukui Mortuary, Inc.

Toshio Terry Handa, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California

Thomas Iino, Pacific Commerce Bank

Glenn Inanaga, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

Ken Kasamatsu, The Pacific Bridge Companies

Tim Manaka, Jr., FIA Insurance Services, Inc.

Daren Mooko, Pomona College, Claremont

Johnny Mori, Kinnara Taiko/Gagaku

Alan Nishio, California State University, Long Beach (retired)
Tony Nobuyuki, Montana Avenue Capital
Dolly Oishi, Japan Airlines
Jan Perry, City of Los Angeles
Craig Tomiyoshi, IW Group Inc.
Ryuji (Rick) Watanabe, Mitsubishi Corp.
Kanako Yokoi Chung, Toyota Financial Services

2014 JACCC Board of Governors

Honorary Chairs

 

Sakaye Aratani
Maria Hodgson
Consul General of Japan Jun Niimi
Supervisor Don Knabe
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

 

Chair

 

Yoshihiro Sano, Pacific Alliance Group

 

 

 

Members

 

Ronald Doizaki, Doizaki & Sons
Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth
Erwin Furukawa
Deputy Chief Terry Hara, Los Angeles Police Department
Chris Inouye, Marsh Risk & Insurance Services
Tomio Ito, Ito Farms 
Yuji Iwanaga, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
Noritoshi Kanai, Mutual Trading Co., Inc.
Masami Kitano, M.D.
Kelvin Lee, FIG Partners
David Lin, IW Group
Akemi Miyake, Sawada Miyake Farms
Ernest Nagamatsu, D.D.S.
Jack Naito
Keiichiro Omori, M.D.
Etsuko Price
Anne Shen Smith
Hiroko Tatebe, GOLD (Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity)
William A. Witte, Related
Stan Yoshihara, R7 Real Estate Inc.

 

JACCC Staff

 

 Leslie A. Ito
President & CEO

 

Administration

 

Gail Saito Doi
Director of Administration

 

Janet Hiroshima
Development Manager

 

Rani de Leon
Marketing & Digital Media Manager

 

Anne Bagasao
Wedding & Event Consultant

 

Marlene Lee
Office Manager

 

Eiko Fujino
Receptionist

 

 

 

Programs

 

Hirokazu Kosaka
Artistic Director

 

Victor Wong
Director of Performing Arts & Operations

 

Edward Orlando

Production Manager

 

Carolyn Onaga
General Manager, Aratani Theatre

 

Wakana Kimura
Media Art Director

 

Operations

 

Arthur Granados
Chief Engineer

 

Pedro Gallegos
Javier Ixta

Aric Nakamoto
Rafael Piña
Maria Magdalena Rodriguez
Operations Assistants

 

 

Visit JACCC.ORG to learn more about the JACCC's work to help make Little Tokyo and L.A. a culturally vibrant place through the presentation, production and preservation of Japanese and Japanese American culture.

Get involved with the JACCC:

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