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LTSCene - January 2017

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While serving our clients we often discover they have hidden talents. This sketch to celebrate the Year of the Rooster was produced by a resident of Little Tokyo.

Happy New Year from LTSC!

#GivingTuesday 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported LTSC’s #GivingTuesday 2016 campaign to fund new play areas at Angelina Preschool! We have almost reached our goal of $3,000. Help us raise the rest so our preschoolers can enjoy new make-believe props, water and sand tables, and sports equipment.


Raffle Winnter Maribeth Tinio Photo
Raffle winner Maribeth Tinio with her husband John

Budokan Raffle Winner Drives Away in a 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

"Wow, I still can't believe I won! I'm incredibly grateful and excited for such a grand prize,” exclaimed Maribeth Tinio of Brea, CA, who won the 2017 Highlander Hybrid. The car was donated by Toyota Motors USA to be used in a raffle to raise money for LTSC’s Budokan project, a $24 million sports and activities center to be built in Little Tokyo. “I am expecting a baby boy and this will be the perfect car for our family. Thank you Toyota, Little Tokyo Service Center, and the Sabers Basketball Organization!"

LTSC would like to thank the other sports and community organizations that helped sell tickets including Pasadena Bruins, Tigers Youth Club, Monterey Park Mustangs, Orange Coast Optimists, Southern California Kendo Federation, Little Tokyo Historical Society and Nikkei Senior Gardens. $100,300 worth of raffle tickets was sold and the winner was picked from a drum containing over 10,000 stubs.

“Next year, we hope to reach even more people and look forward to many more groups participating,” said Kim Kawasaki, the community gifts manager for the campaign.

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Ms. Tanaka’s Story in Through the Seasons, Winter 2017

In the Winter 2017 edition of Through the Seasons, LTSC’s social service newsletter, read about Ms. Tanaka, a 79-year-old woman who fell victim to identity theft and credit card fraud on page 6. LTSC helped Ms. Tanaka close 9 credit card accounts and successfully dispute $90,000 in fraudulent charges. We can all learn from Ms. Tanaka’s story...

Through the Seasons

The Holidays at LTSC

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Assembly Member Miguel Santiago donated Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday toys
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Changing the Community’s toy drive and fundraiser
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Christmas dinner from Navidad En El Barrio
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Prudential Lighting bringing Santa to Angelina Preschool
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Nikkei Basketball Association’s Senior Bingo Holiday Party
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Nikkei Credit Union buying new shoes for youth at Casa Heiwa

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Margaret Shimada, LTSC’s Director of Social Services,
at The Bandai Foundation’s Time for Giving Celebration

The Bandai Foundation

Thank you to The Bandai Foundation for supporting LTSC’s program for abused and neglected children.

The Bandai Foundation believes in giving back to the community at large and supporting programs that primarily benefit children and families. Since its inception, The Bandai Foundation has contributed over $7.1 million to various charitable organizations.

With this grant LTSC will be able to provide case management, counseling, and mental health services to children and help them heal from their wounds. The program also provides parenting workshops and counseling for families at risk.

We appreciate the support of The Bandai Foundation.

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Casa Heiwa youth at the Aloha Kalikimaka concert

Ukuleles for Little Tokyo

‘Ukuleles for Little Tokyo, a project of U-Space and the JACCC, taught the youth living in LTSC’s Casa Heiwa how to play the ukulele. Over the past 20 weeks they learned to play many songs, including Christmas carols. They showed off their new musical skills at the Aloha Kalikimaka Halau Holiday Celebration concert on December 17 with Jingle Bells and Silent Night.

“Roots” Exhibit Opens at CAM Photo

“Roots” Exhibit Opens at CAM

Who is “Asian American”? How did we come into this shifting and expansive idea?

Contrary to popular perception, it is an identity defined out of protest. Starting in the 1960s, a group of young activists shaped “Asian America” through a long decade of fighting displacement, serving their communities, agitating for revolution, and analyzing the intersections of gender, race, and class. From Little Tokyo to Chinatown to Historic Filipinotown to the West Side, in solidarity with Latino, Black, feminist, and international struggles, Los Angeles saw the rise of vibrant artistic and political movements.

Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s is the first exhibition to collect and present this history, arguing that the past helps give meaning to the present and future of our communities.

Opening Reception at the Chinese American Museum will be held on Thursday, January 19, 6-9 pm and is free to the public. RSVP by January 16 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The exhibit will run until June 11.

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LTSC staff at the Emperor’s birthday celebration

The Emperor’s Birthday

The Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, Akira Chiba, celebrated the 83rd birthday of His Majesty Emperor Akihito with a gathering at his house. LTSC was invited to display information about Budokan. Scott Ito and Kimberly Kawasaki shared information about the upcoming project with all the guests.

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1/14 - +LAB's Staying Home, 2-4pm
1/19 – Roots Exhibit Opening Reception, 6-9 pm
1/22 – +LAB’s Gardens of Little Tokyo, 1-3 pm
2/1-4/16 – 2017 9th Circuit Civics Contest
2/4 - Preparing for Death workshop, 3-3:30 pm

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Cooking Tip

​Use a “lids-on” approach. Tightly fitted lids on pots and pans keep heat in so you can lower the temperature settings!

Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions last month!

December Donors
Toshie & Syed Ahmed
Aihara & Associates Insurance Services Inc.
Ted & Tomi Akahori
Dennis Arguelles
Arroyo Insurance Services
John Asari
William Asato
Suzanne & Hank Borenstein
Elizabeth Burton
Jamie Cha-McGrath
Colleen Chikahisa
Mieko Chin
Bernice Chu
Michael Chung
Consulate General of Japan
Sam Demonteverde
Chantal Denny
Lee Draper & Tom Paiva
Toshiko & Ben Ebihara
Keiko Facklam
FIA Insurance
Atsuko & Akira Fujimoto
Glenn & Cindy Fujimoto
Katsuko & Mitsugi Fujimoto
Noriko Fujinami
Alex Fukui
Paul Jay Fukushima
Peter Gee
Julie Akiko Gladsjo
Pauline Shirasu Griffith
Owen H. Guenthard
Emi Gusukuma
Jeffrey Hamamoto
Marianne Hane
Shashi Hanuman
Susumu Hayakawa
Sumiko Hayamizu
Yoshiko Hayashi
Higashi Zumba Class
Betty & Frank Hiji
Mark Hirai
Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi
Janet Hiroshima
Holly Services, Inc.
Misako Honda
Kathy & Bryan Hori
Peter Huang
Takahiro Ide
Nobuko Ike
Douglas Ikemi
Lily Ann Inouye
Sabrina & Darin Ishimatsu
Nell & Seiji Itahara
Bruce Iwasaki & Evelyn Yoshimura
Miya Iwataki
Betty Jung
Miyako Kadogawa
Alice Kaku
Toshio Kamei
Mary Kamiya
Jessica Kanai
Gary Kanemoto
Eric Karasawa
Mizue Katayama
Jean Kato
Yoshie Kato
Suzy Katsuda
Julie & Hideo Kawaguchi
Jane & Harry Kawahara
Virginia & Paul Kawakami
Raymond Kawamoto
Mark Kawauchi
Chikako Khan
Ikuko Kiriyama
Gary & Toni Kitazawa
Kiyokane Family
Steve & Akemi Kayleng Knight
Reiko & Harold Kobata
Yoshikazu Kobayashi
Chris Komai & Qris Yamashita
Keiko Kuida
Jane & Samuel Kurohara
Albert Kwong & Carol Takamatsu-Kwong
Iwen Lai
Akiko & Michael Lazare
Vien Le
Kelvin Lee
Nancy Lewis
Toshiko Lundy
Fumy Machida
Jane & Takashi Makinodan
Kathleen Malaske-Samu
Marion & Tim Manaka, Sr.
Nobuko Marcial
Phyllis Maruyama
June & Gary Masada
Bruce Matsui
Emily Matsumura
Masami & Dana Matsuno
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Jim & Patsy Matsushita
Judy Matsuzaki
Lorene & Mark Miller
Amy Miyakawa
Teresa Montelongo
Kinuyo Kay Mori
Carrie & Walter Morita
Mariko & Ray Motoyama
Otoe & Masaharu Motoyama
Nancy & Mark Munekata
Florence & Paul Nagano
Setsuko & Roy Nakahara
Coleen Nakamura
Yoshio & Grace Nakamura
Lily Nakao
Lily & David Nakatani
Daryl Narimatsu
Eileen Nawa
Yvonne & Alan Nishio
Val & Henry Noguchi
Oda Family Charitable Foundation
Susan Oda Omori
Suzuko & Takashi Oda
Shirley & Steven Ogata
Cindy Ohara
Lily Ohara
Shirley Oka
Shirley Okayama
Yumiko & Fred Ong
Ryan Onishi
Susan Osa
Ronald Osborne
Janice Osumi
Ken Ota
Masako Ota
William Ota
Sam Otsuji
John & Lynne Ozawa
Jung Hee Park
Kai Rosenthal
Bruce Saito
Donna & Glenn Sanada
Catherine & Eugene Sato
Taeko Schaeffer
Joh Sekiguchi
Senshin Buddhist Women’s Association
Sharon & Raymond Shibata
Diane & Bruce Shimano
Shigeko Shimokubo
Jean & Alan Shinseki
Kay & Paul Shishima
Dat Su
Lily & Ken Sugino
Lillian Sugita
Aiko & Walter Sumi
Karen & Martin Tachiki
Edwin Takahashi
Julia Takeda
Carolyn Takeshita
Diane M.L. Tan
Aaron Tanaka
George Tanaka
Cathy & Masaru Tanaka
Jill Ishida & Mike Tanaka
Linda Tanamachi
Katie Tanijiri
Michi Tanioka
Cheryl & Craig Tateishi
Sadao Tome
Jeanne & Ernie Tsujimoto
Keith Umemoto
Matsuko Uyeno
Momoyo & Edward Wada
Ken Wada
Naomi Wadahara
Carolyn & Henry Watanabe
Allyne Winderman & Glenn Wasserman
Carolyn Wong
Gayle & Craig Wong
John Wright
Chizuko & Joe Yamagawa
Yukiko Yamamoto
Jane Yamashita
Lilly & Michael Yanagita
Akemi & Gary Yano
Gerald Yee
Tad Yoshimura
Susan & Brett Yoshimura
Reiko Yoshinaga
Gerald Yoshitomi
Qingwei Zhang

In Honor of Mike Murase
Barbara & Gary Kitagawa

In Honor of Yosh Watanabe
Melodee Smith

In Honor of Evelyn Yoshimura
Chris & Janet Taga

In Memory of William Fujioka
Fred Fujioka

In Memory of Matthew Hallenberg
Kiyoko Hallenberg

In Memory of Kumezo Hatchimonji
Ruth & Ike Hatchimonji

In Memory of Thelma Jackson
Jack Kunitomi

In Memory of the Japanese pioneers who established Little Tokyo

In Memory of Masao Matsumoto
Elaine Matsumoto

In Memory of Judy Nishimoto Ota
Victor Aguilera
Kazuo Ota

In Memory of Jeannette Kyoko Sanderson
Emily & Dan Weaver

In Memory of Doris Sato
Wendy & Russell Mun

In Loving and Grateful Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan and Gregory Tan

In Memory of Tamae Toda
Lily & John Lew

In Memory of Rev. Howard Toriumi
Roger Stephens & Laura Toriumi Stephens

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Doug & Chris Aihara
Akemi Arakaki
Kathryn Bannai
Katherine Brown
Colleen Chikahisa
Richard Dunn Family Foundation
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Jacqueline Huey
Terri Ikeda
Derek Ishikawa
Philip & Barbara Ito
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
William Ito
Kimberly Kawasaki
Lauren Kinkade
Maiya Kuida-Osumi
Iwen Lai
S.L. Leonard & Associates
Carol Matsui
Carrie Morita
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Jerald Nasu
Richard & Jean Nishimoto
Michael, Margie & Katherine Odanaka
Glenn & Donna Sanada
Christine Sato
Diane Shigekawa
Noland Soo
Jun Taira
Edwin Takahashi
Janet Tokumaru
James Toma
Lisa Washizaki
Bill & Ruth Watanabe
Craigton Wong
Steven Wong
Angela Yang
Donald Yee
Leonard Young

In Honor of Adina Mori-Holt
Mark & Christine Duttweiler

In Honor of Nobujiro & Shige Nishizu
Henry & Miwako Nishizu and Family

In Memory of Akira Kawasaki
Haruko Kawasaki

Vehicle Donations
Nicole Kono
Allen & Uzuko Shiroishi
Jennifer Yoshimura

In-kind Donations
B & B Toy Maker Inc.

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