Senior Wellness Program & Leisure Club

Along with Leisure Club, The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center holds the Senior Wellness Program on Wednesday mornings from 9am-1pm. Each week consists of a different activity (crafts, games, healthy exercise, etc.), followed by stretching, bingo, and a homemade lunch made by volunteers. The Leisure Club and Senior Wellness Program provide many opportunities for interns and volunteers of all ages.

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Tanabata Festival

Tanabata (七夕), or the Star Festival, is a yearly celebration of the meeting of two stars: Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). Legend says the two lovers were separated by Orihime’s father, Tentei, by the Amanogawa (Milky Way). After seeing his daughter cry so much, Tentei agreed to allow them to meet once a year, the 7th day of the 7th month. 

Decorations for this festival include long strips of brightly colored paper, on which people write wishes. These strips of paper are tied onto bamboo branches or large ornamental decorations (tanabata kazari). For the past six years, the tanabata festival has opened Nisei week celebrations, and thousands of members of the local Los Angeles community create beautiful Tanabata Kazari to display. 

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The journey up until now: Alyssa

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Hello ESGVJCC members! My name is Alyssa Takamatsu. In June of 2013 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California Riverside. Following graduation, I began volunteering at the ESGVJCC and shortly after became a paid intern. While interning here, I was able to help with many of the different programs offered at the community center. Read More…

The journey up until now: Melissa

My name is Melissa Kozono and I am the Programs Associate at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2012.  I began working here as an intern from September 2012-December 2012. My time as an intern here at the ESGVJCC was very educational. Read More…

The journey up until now: Katherine

Hello.  My name is Katherine Morano. I’m currently studying Japanese Language and Culture at the University of California, Riverside. I’ve been involved here at the center for fifteen years through Gakuen, Saberettes Basketball, NYO, and the Exchange Program.  Since the Fall of 2010, I’ve been volunteering off and on here at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. Read More…

The journey up until now: NCI & LEAP

For the past 5 years, the ESGVJCC has participated in the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) program and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Internship Program. These programs match college students and graduates to Community Centers like the ESGVJCC and give them work experience and life skills.

Projects for these interns include creating and painting a mural for the center to be hung in the gymnasium, helping with Camp Chibikko and Senior Wellness, building the center’s entry for the Tanabata contest in Little Tokyo and much more. Read More…