Tokyo Service Center News - March 2005
Office With a Great View by Bill Watanabe
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."
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
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?!
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.
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 www.nikkeiyouth.org.
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.
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.
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.
LTSC Social Worker
* : Name changed
to protect identity.
Stewart Moskowitz to Hold Benefit Art Show and Auction for Pacific
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
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 email@example.com
or (213) 324-3348. Proceeds will be used to fund current programs
and future projects of Pacific Bridge.
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 www.stewartsworld.com.
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.
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, Ralphs
Club Card number, address, and phone number and swipe your card
every time you shop. LTSC will receive 4% of your receipt total
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 Victims Rights
When: Sunday, April 10, 8 AM (run), 8:15 AM(walk)
Where: Griffith Park
Cost: $20 plus online registration fee
end April 3.
more information and to register, please click here.
Tokyo Service Center!
Enjoy lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants in Little Tokyo
and then head on over to play Bingo!
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
$1 for 3 cards. 3 cards maximum per player per game.
Cash prize of 40% of the pot awarded to winner(s) unless otherwise
For more information, please call (213) 473-1620. (Lic #R1046)