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LTSCene - November 2015


Celebrating 35 Years of LTSC
LTSC celebrated 35 years of service to the Japanese American community, Little Tokyo and greater Los Angeles with an anniversary dinner on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. More than 600 friends and supporters of LTSC enjoyed the evening honoring this significant milestone. In 35 years, LTSC has partnered with 15 community organizations to build more than 850 units of affordable housing and serving tens of thousands of individuals throughout LA County. A lot has changed since we first opened our doors, but LTSC remains dedicated to serving those in need with culturally and linguistically appropriate social services and to building affordable housing for communities throughout Los Angeles. Thank you for celebrating 35 years of making positive change for the people and places of Southern California.

LTSC's ArtPlace America
CDI Program Kick-Off
LTSC officially kicked-off its new 3-year, $3-million ArtPlace America Community Development Investments (CDI) Program grant on October 19, 2015. In spite of the rain, 90 of LTSC's close friends and new friends gathered at the JACCC to celebrate this exciting new investment in Little Tokyo and to learn more about the program. The grant will support LTSC, along with 5 other grantees across the country, in integrating arts and cultural strategies and practitioners into our community planning and development work. LTSC would like to specifically thank Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America; Lyz Crane, Deputy Director of ArtPlace America; Don Howard, President & CEO of the Irvine Foundation; Chris Komai, Chair of the Little Tokyo Community Council; Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Little Tokyo artist; and Alison De La Cruz, creative spacemaker and Director of Performing Arts and Community Engagement at the JACCC for their participation in the evening's program.

Consul General of Japan Supports Budokan Project
The Consul General of Japan and his wife, Harry and Sabine Horinouchi, hosted a reception to support Budokan of Los Angeles at their official residence.  Consul General Horinouchi said, “I very much look forward to the day when Budokan of Los Angeles opens its doors to the community and we hear the laughter of children in the gym as well as the peaceful shinkokyu (deep breathing) of seniors doing morning exercises in the rooftop garden.”
Having reached 80% of the fundraising goal last August, the focus of the project now is to raise the remaining $5.1 million before breaking ground in late 2016. “We are very close to realizing a dream,” said Alan Kosaka, the capital campaign chair.

Pictured above:
Front row - Dean Matsubayashi, Executive Director, Little Tokyo Service Center; Sabine Horinouchi; Harry Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan to Los Angeles; Yuko Kaifu, Executive Vice President, Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA); Tsutomu Maehara, Little Tokyo businessman.
Back row - Yoshinobu Fukushima, Executive Vice President, Takenaka Partners, LLC, and President of Asahi Gakuen; Hideo Miyake, President, Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA); Debra Nakatomi, president of Board of Directors, Little Tokyo Service Center; Alan Kosaka, chair, Budokan Capital Campaign.
Far East Lounge
Writers Workshop
Since Far East Lounge opened last summer, it has surpassed expectations in so many ways, providing a space for socialization, creativity and fun for seniors and others in Little Tokyo.

One such activity was the poetry and journal writing class taught by Amy Uyematsu, an award-winning poet and retired teacher. A small group of Sansei (third-generation Japanese American) women met weekly over ten months to hone in on their writing skills and share their experiences. 

Last month the “Far East Lounge Writers Workshop” members shared their poetry and prose in a reading to a packed crowd. Well-known and prolific JA mystery writer Naomi Hirahara said it was, “a reminder how important it is to nurture Sansei creative voices.”

Writing classes will resume in January 2016. For more information, please contact Izumi Harry, Far East Lounge Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (213) 621-4158.
LA LISC Supports LTSC's 
LTSC recently received a grant from Los Angeles LISC. LA LISC provides HUD grants to increase the capacity of organizations like LTSC who are working in Los Angeles County to assist underserved communities. Part of LTSC’s mission is to contribute to community revitalization and cultural preservation of Little Tokyo. For 35 years LTSC has led a multi-faceted effort to preserve and strengthen Little Tokyo’s physical, cultural and social assets.
LTSC is part of an existing neighborhood initiative known as Sustainable Little Tokyo that is actively involved in the planning of future development in Little Tokyo. With this grant from LA LISC, LTSC will be able to increase its leadership role in bringing the community’s vision for Little Tokyo to fruition.
Thank you to LA LISC for its continuing support.
Buy Concert Tickets and Support A3M
The Aratani Theatre will launch its "Acoustic at the Aratani" Series on Friday, December 4, 2015 with world-renowned pianist and composer Keiko Matsui debuting a new musical presentation for the first time in the United States. More information on the concert and series can be found online.

In partnership with the JACCC and the Aratani Theatre, A3M would like to extend a special opportunity to enjoy a world-class concert and also support A3M. Use the code "A3M" when you purchase Orchestra Seats* and $5 of each ticket purchased will be donated to A3M.
*Please note that this offer is only valid for Orchestra Seating.
Keiko Matsui Tickets →
Survivor Art Exhibit
October was Domestic Violence awareness month. In recognition, the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Task Force held an art exhibit at the Chinese American Museum called “Survivor Art Exhibit.” The artists are survivors who received services at Center for Pacific Asian Family, Korean American Family Services, South Asian Helpline And Referral Agency, Asian Pacific Women Center, and LTSC’s very own Kosumosu residents.
October Donors
Thank you for your support!
Dennis Arguelles
Yi Bing Chen & Ming Shan LIang
Kyung Ja & Kyung Ho Chong
Shuk-Li & Wataru Ebihara
Peter Gee
Yoshiko Hayashi
Mimi Ho
Eleanor & Thomas Huang
Peter Hui
Kiyoko Kaneda
Dawn & Alan Kita
June & Gary Masada
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Harry Nakada
Natalie Nakatani
Mary & David Noguchi
Shirley Oka
Dean Okamura
Yosuke Ouchi
Allyson & Bradley Sakai
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Keith Umemoto
David & Donna Uyehara
Michiko & David Watanabe
Emily & Dan Weaver
Yukiko Yamamoto
Nora & Norman Yamauchi
Gerald Yee
Paul Yokoyama
Jacqueline Yukawa

In Memory of Nancy Kikuchi
Yoko Okada Hayashi

In Memory of Jim Saito
Suzy Katsuda

In-Kind Donations
John Brasel
Colleen Seto-Gee & Douglas Gee

Vehicle Donations
Janice Osumi
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