Judo master, 98, is of healthy mind and spirit

Keiko Fukuda, at the age of 98, continues to practice judo, an art she has honed for more than 70 years. While she is often confined to a wheelchair, following a health checkup in May, her doctor described her as healthy as can be. According to her friend and caregiver, Shelley Fernandez, Fukuda has survived […]

J-Sei celebrates 40 years of community service, evolution

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some 240 supporters helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a cherished East Bay agency on Sept. 10, taking a video tour of the agency’s past while gaining some insight into its evolving future. And while the organization went through a name change and rebranding of its mission over the past year, […]

Keiro vies for new Toyota

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare (Keiro Services), a nonprofit organization that aids and empowers elderly Nikkei in the area, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program plans to award 100 nonprofit organizations with cars. Voting will be held during the course of 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook […]

Something new at Sake San Jose in Japantown

SAN JOSE — Have you ever wondered, “What kind of food goes with cold sake?” The answer was clear at the sixth annual Sake San Jose fundraising event for Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service, held May 26. The event, which supports the nonprofit’s Healthy Aging Initiative and various programs, is a regular crowd […]

Akiyama Wellness Center to benefit Yu-Ai Kai’s Healthy Aging Initiative

SAN JOSE — Wednesday, Oct. 20 marked the first public viewing of the Dr. James Akiyama Wellness Center, the second affiliate location of San Jose’s Yu-Ai Kai. The center is located at 110 Jackson St., just around the corner from the Yu-Ai Kai building. Dr. Hajime James Akiyama, for whom the center is named, passed […]

JASEB expands mission, renames itself J-Sei and hires new executive director

BERKELEY, Calif. — Japanese American Services of the East Bay (JASEB) announced on Sept. 22 two major developments in its 39-year history. Following a rebranding process, the agency has changed its name to J-Sei, to reflect the recent expansion of its mission. The agency said in a statement that it will “continue to serve seniors, […]

Nikkei and Retirement holds 30th anniversary luncheon

Nikkei and Retirement held its 30th anniversary luncheon at Benihana in San Francisco’s Japantown on July 14. The guest speaker was the Rev. Lloyd Wake, who, along with his wife Marian Wake, was instrumental in organizing a committee following the Nisei Retirement Planning Conference organized by the National Japanese American Citizens League and the National […]

JASEB begins process to license Cypress House for East Bay seniors

The Japanese American Services of the East Bay, Inc. (JASEB) announced on June 29 that it has begun the process to license the JASEB Home (Cypress House) in Hayward, Calif., as a “licensed residential care facility for the elderly (also known as board and care or assisted living).” The decision follows multiple months of review […]

Kimochi, Inc. presents 2010 Spirit Awards

“The Longevity of Giving” was the theme on May 16 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown as Kimochi Inc. presented its annual Spirit Awards for their commitment to the senior service agency. Kimochi board member Benh Nakajo served as emcee. Following a performance by the San Francisco Police Department Lion Dance Team, […]

Overcoming Osteoporosis

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Masaye Mitsunaga accidentally fell and injured her lower back while getting out of bed one morning last May. The Sunnyvale woman, then 97, was believed to have hit the metal frame of her bed. The following day, the pain in her lower back was so severe that she was unable to move […]

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