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Passing of Sakaye Aratani 

Our hearts are heavy. Mrs. Sakaye Aratani passed peacefully on March 18th, 2024, at the age of 104 years old. Sakaye held leadership positions at JAS for many years and had been a huge influence for our organization as well as for the Japanese and Japanese American communities in Los Angeles and beyond.  Sakaye’s heart was always devoted to serving others and was a lifelong advocate for the Japan America Society that promoted building U.S.-Japan relationships. Her kindness and generosity knew no bounds, even welcoming a JAS member recently to her home and providing a full tea-ceremony service even though she was weak from age.  If you would like to do something for the family in this difficult time, please see some options below.

Guest book:  You can see some pictures of Sakaye and sign the guest book at https://www.rememberingsakaye.com/

In lieu of gifts, the family has suggested making a donation to the organizations that were a large part of Sakaye's life:  Japan America Society of Southern California,  Japanese American National Museum, Keiro, or Japanese Cultural & Community Center.  You can find links to donate to these organizations from her guest book page https://www.rememberingsakaye.com/

Plant a Tree in Sakaye's memory:  Visit Legacy.com Sakaye's page or type in https://sympathy.legacy.com/en-us/funeral-flowers/productdetails/?type=obituary&p=206618368&pn=sakaye-aratani&affiliateId=4359&sku=tre-tim&pm=240&_gl=1*ze2hto*_gcl_au*MTAwMDU3NDExLjE3MTEzODEwNDg

The Japan America Society of Southern California is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable and educational organization consisting of individuals and corporations with an interest in Japan and in United States-Japan relations. 

We have been building Japan-America relationships since 1909.


A Message from JASSC's Chairman of the Board

Frank (Fumio) Eguchi

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Other Events in the Pipeline 

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Women's Leadership Counts Young Professionals Career Workshop - June 2024 (to be confirmed)

115th Anniversary Dinner and Gala Celebration - July 18, 2024, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Japan America Golf Classic - October 2024 (to be confirmed)

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