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Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

34th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner

Fashion Forward

Celebrating the Style of Japanese American Designers


2014 Sponsorship Opportunities


Saturday, June 7, 2014


Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

251 S Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


5:00pm - 9:00pm

Silent Auction, Cocktail Reception, Dinner and Awards Program



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A message from the president

On behalf of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), it is our pleasure to announce the 34th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles.  The theme of our event is Fashion Forward: Celebrating the Style of Japanese American Designers.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Tadashi Shoji and Anne Namba, who have contributed to the world of fashion through their inspiring approaches by bridging the Japanese American culture and the American ideas in the fashion industry.


Mr. Tadashi Shoji is a Japanese-born American designer and founder of the Tadashi Shoji collection.  He is known internationally for his original designs and innovative gown lines for women of all ages, ethnicities, and all figures.  Mr. Shoji has continued to show his support by helping to bridge the Japanese American community and the fashion industry through his gown donations to support various organizations.  Mr. Shoji will be honored with the Chairman’s Award.


Ms. Anne Namba is a creative and passionate designer and founder of Anne Namba Designs, known for her “Kimono Couture” clothing line.  Ms. Namba continues to use Asian themes as her inspiration for her clothing designs.  Ms. Namba has generously contributed her design talents in support of the JACCC through events over the past few years.  She will be honored with the Pacific Pioneer Award.


The JACCC will also be recognizing the 3rd Annual Community Spirit Award Recipients.  These individuals are nominated by the community in an effort to highlight the unsung heroes who are making a significant impact on our community through arts, activism, social services, or business. Thank you very much for your consideration of this request.  We look forward to seeing you at our Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 7th.

Leslie A. Ito

President & CEO

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.

yoin = reverberations or resonance

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Community Spirit Award Recipients!


The JACCC continues to recognize individuals who are making a significant impact on our community through arts, activism, social services, or business.  The JACCC received an overwhelming number of nominations from the community this year.  We are excited to recognize three individuals committed to our community and who continue to inspire those around them. 


Victor Fukuhara
Nancy Kikuchi
Michael Okamura

Individual Tickets and Program Sponsorship Opportunities

Images From:

33rd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner

2013 Honoree Presentations

Sunday, June 30, 2013


 For more information please download the Sponsor Level Decriptions:








$2,500   Gold Patron Couple  

  • Gold Sponsor level seating for two
  • Invitation for two to the VIP Reception prior to event
  • Half-page black and white ad in Program Booklet

$1,000   Platinum Ticket


$500       Gold Ticket


$350       Silver Ticket   


$250       Bronze Ticket    

To reserve your sponsorship please complete the sponsorship form:






or for additional information please contact Janet Hiroshima at or 213-628-2725 ext. 128



$2,500 Full Page, Color


$1,000 Full Page, Black & White


$500 Half Page, Black & White


$300 Quarter Page, Black & White


For more information please download the Program Booklet Advertisiment Specifications

JACCC Silent Auction Donations

We would like to invite you to participate by donating an item or gift certificate for our silent auction. 


Auction Donation Form:








Donors who contribute before June 1, 2013 will receive mention in the auction catalog.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to call our Anniversary Celebration Office at (818) 610-0300.










Thank you to our growing list of 34th Anniversary Dinner Sponsors...

Title Sponsor
Paul & Hisako Terasaki & Family


Major Sponsor
Folick Family

Gold Sponsor
Aratani Foundation

Hiji Bros.

Mitsubishi International Corporation

Tadashi Shoji

George, Ruri, Lisa & Nathan Sugimoto

Mucci & Larry Taylor

Union Bank

Silver Sponsor

Doizaki & Sons

Fukui Mortuary
Henry Ota

Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation

Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Pacific Commerce Bank & Thomas Iino
Sandy Sakamoto & Nolan Maehara

Tadashi Shoji


Community Sponsor
Asia America Symphony Association

Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai

Go for Broke National Education Center
Japanese American National Museum

Little Tokyo Historical Society

Little Tokyo Service Center

Long Beach Community Center

Nancy Kikuchi Family

Nisei Week

Omote Senke Domonkai
Sogetsu Ikebana



Bronze Sponsor
FIA Insurance Services Inc.

Gonsaku & Mine Ito Families

Ito/Wong Family

IW Group

Pacific Alliance Group
Panda Restaurant Group

Southern California Gas Company



Gold Patron Couple
Alan & Yvonne Nishio
VIP Reception Sponsor
Southern California Edison




Lim Ruger

Kinaga Law Firm

Mikawaya, Inc.

Mutual Trading

Nikkei Credit Union

Pasadena Seminar Kai

Friends, Fun, Fashion


Please join us for an afternoon of friends, fun and fashion

at an exclusive trunkshow featuring







Sunday, June 8, 2014

11:00am - 3:00pm

Japanese Garden & Garden Room

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles


Light refreshments will be served

Anne Namba will be generously donateing 15% of the sales to the JACCC

Please visit


For more information please contact Janet Hiroshima

at or (213) 628-2725

JACCC’s Thirty-Third Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner “A Taste of Success” shaping generations of Japanese culture and cuisine to the American palate, was held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Over 500 guests joined us as we honored Chef Akira Hirose, Mr. Michael Hide Cardenas, and a posthumous honor to Mrs. Frances Hashimoto-Friedman, who have contributed not only to the culinary presence of the Japanese and Japanese Americans into the mainstream food and restaurant business, but also added to the vibrancy and cultural life of our community through their philanthropic work.


The JACCC also recognized the 2nd Annual Community Spirit Award recipients Iku Kiriyama, Leland Lau and Diana Ono.

33rd Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner

2014 JACCC Board of Directors


Henry Ota

George Tanaka, Union Bank
Chair Elect

Nancy Matsui, American Airlines
Vice Chair

Gary Kawaguchi, Upper Crust Enterprises

Helen Ota, Cold Tofu

Sandra Sakamoto, Esq.

Immediate Past Chair



Kanako Yokoi Chung, Toyota Financial Services

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, Pacific Commerce Bank
Tim Manaka, Jr., FIA Insurance Services, Inc.
Daren Mooko, Pomona College, Claremont

Johnny Mori
Alan Nishio
Tony Nobuyuki, Montana Avenue Capital

Dolly Oishi, Japan Airlines
Jan Perry, City of Los Angeles
Craig Tomiyoshi, IW Group Inc.

Bill Watanabe
Ryuji (Rick) Watanabe, Mitsubishi Corp.

JACCC Board of Governors

Honorary Chairs

Sakaye Aratani
Maria Hodgson
Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara
Supervisor Don Knabe
Councilwoman Jan Perry
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa



Thomas Iino, Pacific Commerce Bank
Henry Ota, Reed Smith LLP
Minoru Tonai



Ronald Doizaki, Doizaki & Sons
Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth, Give2Asia

Erwin Furukawa, Southern California Edison
Deputy Chief Terry Hara, Los Angeles Police Department
Chris Inouye, Marsh Risk & Insurance Services
Tomio Ito, Ito Farms
Noritoshi Kanai, Mutual Trading Co., Inc.
Masami Kitano, M.D.
Kelvin Lee, FIG Partners
David Lin, AT&T Services Inc.
Akemi Miyake, Sawada Miyake Farms
Ernest Nagamatsu, D.D.S.
Jack Naito
Takashi Ohde, Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi Corporate Office, L.A.
Keiichiro Omori, M.D.
Etsuko Price
Anne Shen Smith, Southern California Gas Co.
Hiroko Tatebe, GOLD (Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity)
William A. Witte, Related
Stan Yoshihara, R7 Real Estate Inc.



Leslie A. Ito
President & CEO



Keith Shiozaki
Director of Operations & HR


Liliane Ribeiro

Director of Development


Janet Hiroshima
Development Manager


Anne Bagasao
Wedding & Event Consultant



Hirokazu Kosaka
Artistic Director


Anthony Jones
Director of Performing Arts


Carolyn Onaga
General Manager, Aratani Theatre


Wakana Kimura
Media Art Director


Gerald Ishibashi
Consultant, Aratani Theatre




Michael Yee
Director of Finance



Arthur Granados
Chief Engineer


Marlene Lee
Office Manager


Eiko Fujino

Pedro Gallegos
Javier Ixta

Aric Nakamoto
Rafael Piña
Maria Magdalena Rodriguez
Operations Assistants



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Get involved with the JACCC:

  • Buy tickets to a concert
  • Pick up an ukulele and jam
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