Japan 2014

photoHi everyone,

As soon as school is “out for summer,” members of Hiroken and Ehime Kenjinkai (led by Ken Mukai and Nancy Kikuchi) will depart on a ten-day trip to their prefectures. 
This Heritage Trip will allow participants to see and visit Japan well beyond the typical tourist experience and develop connections in the Southern California Japanese-American community.  Membership in Hiroken and/or Ehime Kenjinkai is NOT REQUIRED to participate.
The group will depart Los Angeles on Friday, June 20th and return on Monday, June 30th.
During the 10-day trip, plans are to do the following in Ehime:
– get on a ropeway to visit Matsuyama Castle,
– bathe at Dogo Onsen, one of the 3 most popular hot springs in Japan
– learn about Ehime’s history at the Museum in Uwa city
– tour a towel factory & art museum in Imabari, a town that use to make over 80% of Japan’s towels
– view “old” and “modern” ovens used to fire ceramics at the Tobeyaki Factory
– see pirate life and activities at the Murakami Pirate Museum
– stroll down the streets of Uchiko (the “Kyoto” of Ehime), a historically preserved antique town
– walk around Kohsanji Temple, a vibrantly colored temple, also known as the “Nikko of the West”
– dine on a vegetarian meal prepared by Buddhist monks at the hilltop Kinzan Shusseki-ji Temple
– make soba noodles in Nakayama, and
– cycle across the Shimanami Kaido Bridge that spans across 7 islands that join Ehime and Hiroshima. 
In Hiroshima, the group plans to:
– take a ropeway up to the top of Onomichi to get great city views, then stroll to the bottom
– spend a day at the Memorial Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum
– go on a sake tasting tour in Saijo
– visit the Otafuku factory and make our own okonomiyaki
– take a ferry ride to Miyajima and walk out to shrine in low tide
– spend a night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).
Both Hiroken and Ehime Kenjinkai have experience  leading these types of tours. Whether you’re a “Japan pro” or a first-time visitor to Japan, consider joining this Heritage Trip for an unique, unforgettable experience.
Time is short. For those interested in learning more details, please call or e-mail:
Nancy Kikuchi, nhkikuchi@yahoo.com, 213-505-4806, or check the Hiroken website at:

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Talk

On August 8, 1945, Hajime and Tsukasa Mukai were at Ooko Elementary School, about two miles away from the hypocenter of the explosion. These brothers survived that experience, and are now in their seventies living in Los Angeles.

As part of Hiroken’s Japan Culture and Heritage Program, Hajime and Tsukasa have offered to share their stories of the moments before and after the bomb, and their hardships growing in in Hiroshima. Please come and join us for this event.

Date:    Sunday, June 10, 2012
Time:    2 pm to 3:30 pm
Where:   Hiroshima Building, 712 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Cost: Free

RSVP: Email hirokensocal@gmail.com by June 10

Language:      Hajime and Tsukasa will speak in their native Japanese Hiroshima dialect. English translation will be provided.

A Day at the Museum

Presented by Hiroken and the Discover Nikkei project.

Saturday, May 19 from 11 am to 2:30 pm
At Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo

Discover Nikkei staff at the Japanese American National Museum will lead a tour of the Museum’s “Common Ground” exhibition which provides an overview of Japanese American history.

After lunch, participants will take part in a fun game that teaches about the
Japanese American experience in an interactive way, including information
about the Hiroshima Kenjinkai.

Start time: 11 am
Lunch Break 12 – 1 pm
Afternoon games: 1 – 2:30 pm

RSVP by Thursday, May 17. Email Hiroken at hirokensocal@gmail.com