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Little Tokyo Service Center News - March 2005
An Office With a Great View by Bill Watanabe
A musubi is a rice-ball, often wrapped with seaweed. Sometimes it contains some fish or meat. Sometimes the meat is spam. Spam in a musubi is as Japanese and American as you can get! A couple of years ago, LTSC helped launch a week-long culture camp and decided to call it, what else, "Camp Musubi."

Camp Musubi, held in August, is targeted to 6-8th graders and teaches them about Japanese culture and Japanese American history, and at the same time, makes it fun and challenging. LTSC runs this program together with the Japanese American Cultural Community Center and other community groups.

This year will be our 3rd year, and the first two years were a howling success! The kids loved it, and the parents raved about it. We had several parents tell us that their kids told them that they were glad their parents made them go! Could there be any higher accolade than that?!

Camp Musubi helps kids to learn about their heritage as Japanese Americans - to embrace their cultural roots and to integrate it with their American upbringing. They experience Little Tokyo and all the history that our community has built up over 120 years.

If you or someone you know might want to send their kids to Camp Musubi, please call Amy Phillips at LTSC to get information (213/473-1698). You can also view the program at

Not Without Hope - This Month's Client Story

Two years ago, Akiko* was in a car accident and had two surgeries for a hip- bone fracture but without any transportation couldn't see a doctor since then. She had no family or close friends to look after her, and at 87 years old it was very difficult to take care of herself. She relied only on a friend, also 87 years old, who came by every few days to bring her food.

Last May, one of our social workers, Hongsun Kim, received a call from an apartment manager who was concerned that her tenant had not been seen for the past month. It was Akiko. After many failed attempts at contacting her by phone, Hongsun decided to go to the apartment himself. The manager let him into the apartment, where they found Akiko on the floor, obviously unable to walk, and a strong unmistakable odor that told them they had to act quickly. They picked her up and carried her down the stairs to be transported to the doctor. Seeing Akiko's poor condition, the doctor urged them to take her to the emergency room to be treated and hospitalized. The hospital social worker took over looking after Akiko, but Hongsun remained on the case to ensure she was in good hands.

Several days later, Hongsun received a message from the hospital. It looked like she had a recent fall, fracturing her hip again, and needed surgery. However, communicating with Akiko became a difficult, so Hongsun was needed again to help explain the situation to her and agree to the surgery. He struggled to help her understand and although he was able to obtain her consent to the surgery, through the tough process he realized that she had also been suffering from dementia.

After the surgery, Akiko was transferred to a nursing home and given a public guardian. Hongsun visited Akiko about a month after his initial visit and was able to witness a complete turnaround in her health, from his first impressions of her incapable of a normal, independent life to a much healthier individual who seemed to enjoy being at the nursing home. Akiko was very thankful for all the help that Hongsun gave her. She felt very fortunate that he went a step further and not only took good care of her but also made sure that she received the best care.

Hongsun Kim
LTSC Social Worker

* : Name changed to protect identity.

Artist Stewart Moskowitz to Hold Benefit Art Show and Auction for Pacific Bridge

Renowned artist and children's book author Stewart Moskowitz will be on hand for an art show and auction showcasing his work on Sunday, April 3, 2005 at Cafe Metropol in Los Angeles. The art show will be held in conjunction with a gala reception in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Pacific Bridge Housing Corporation's adult residential facility where they provide services to assist developmentally disabled adults in the Asian Pacific Islander community.

The event will be held from 10:30 AM with a luncheon at 11:30 AM. Cafe Metropol is located in the Artist District of Little Tokyo (923 E. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013). Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by contacting Alice Ishigame-Tao at or (213) 324-3348. Proceeds will be used to fund current programs and future projects of Pacific Bridge.

Moskowitz is the author of a number of children's books published in both English and Japanese. Japanese collectors own the most comprehensive collection of his original paintings, and his images have even been used by major Japanese corporations including Panasonic, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi, and Fuji Film. His approach to art with the simplicity, naiveté and curiosity of a child, yet with the knowledge of an adult, produces wonderfully magical and imaginative artwork for children of all ages. His artwork can be viewed online at

Pacific Bridge Housing Corporation is a non-profit charitable organization created in 1994 under the umbrella of Little Tokyo Service Center's Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC). Culturally sensitive supportive services and 24-hour live-in care is provided to six high-functioning developmentally disabled adults at their residential facility in Monterey Park. Residents gain independent living skills and eventually learn to integrate into the larger community.

Did You Know?

Ralph’s Club Card members can make a donation to LTSC just by shopping for everyday groceries. Simply email us or call us at 213-473-1679 with your name, Ralph’s Club Card number, address, and phone number and swipe your card every time you shop. LTSC will receive 4% of your receipt total every quarter.

5K Run for Victim's Rights

The City of LA is hosting a 5K run/walk (3.1 miles) in Griffith Park to benefit community-based organizations that address issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, gun violence, and hate crimes--and you can designate Little Tokyo Service Center as the beneficiary of your entrance fee! 100% of all proceeds will go to various organizations working to address issues of violence in and around Los Angeles.
What: 5K Run for Victim’s Rights
When: Sunday, April 10, 8 AM (run), 8:15 AM(walk)
Where: Griffith Park
Cost: $20 plus online registration fee

Online registrations end April 3.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Support Little Tokyo Service Center!
Enjoy lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in Little Tokyo and then head on over to play Bingo!

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weller Court, Suite 207 (2nd Floor)
123 S Onizuka St, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Refreshments served.
$1 for 3 cards. 3 cards maximum per player per game.
Cash prize of 40% of the pot awarded to winner(s) unless otherwise specified.
For more information, please call (213) 473-1620. (Lic #R1046)

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