Overview of the JCCCNC's U.S.-Japan Programs
For over two decades the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has been a leader in creating and organizing annual cultural and grassroots exchange programs to Japan as an opportunity to improve the relationship between the United States and Japan in particular as it relates to the Japanese American community.
The JCCCNC has introduced a diverse audience of all ethnic backgrounds to the people and culture of Japan in particular with our sister city Osaka as well as Kobe Japan. Some are first time travelers, while others have made numerous trips on a regular basis.
Although the JCCCNC’s activities and communication with Japan began in the late 1980’s through the encouragement and support of then Consul General Shunji Yanai and former Consul General Ryozo Kato to address the economic tension between the two countries, regular grassroots programs began to emphasize the importance of improved understanding that can only be gained by traveling to Japan. These programs began with the Kristi Yamaguchi Goodwill Tour in 1994 and include Shinzen Nikkei Youth Goodwill Program, annual cultural tours to different prefectures, San Francisco-Osaka Sister City programs, Nikkei Youth Cultural Heritage Program, Takahashi Youth Ambassador Leadership Program and programs related to support recent disasters In Kobe and Tohoku.
A year after Kristi’s visit, in 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred in Kobe. Because of her visit to the area and the wonderful memories from her trip, Kristi did not let this tragic event go unnoticed. She immediately and generously donated to the relief efforts organized by the JCCCNC, which raised over $600,000 and shipped over one and a half tons of relief goods directly to citizen relief efforts to provide emergency supplies and monetary donations to the local YMCA branches in Kobe and Osaka, the City of Osaka as well as to two orphanages in Kobe City whose buildings were totally destroyed.
On March 11, 2011, the JCCCNC immediately established the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to aid the survivors of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster. The Relief Fund plan is a three-fold plan for relief, recovery and rebuilding, which is believed to take more than five years. The campaign - a community and volunteer driven effort - grew to become the largest Japanese American community based relief fund in the United States with over 12,000 donors, 25,000+ members on Causes.com, and more than 300 events raising over $4 million.
Cultural Tours to Japan
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has been conducting annual cultural tours to Japan for over 15 years. Each year, a different theme and region is selected to give participants an enjoyable journey to lesser known areas of the county and to explore different historical and cultural sites.
The JCCCNC works with Kintetsu International in San Jose, California and Japan Airlines (JAL) to secure the best possible hotel, air and travel package to Japan. although the entire planning and coordination is done by JCCCNC volunteers.
2016 Tour to Japan: Journey to Tohoku
October 6-16, 2016
The JCCCNC will embark on a 10-day tour entitled JOURNEY TO TOHOKU in remembrance of the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Although the Tohoku region of Japan has recently been acknowledged for the devastating disaster that struck the area five years ago, it has always been seen as a region filled with natural beauty, great seafood, and rich traditions and culture. The tour will explore each of the six prefectures that make up the Tohoku region with a special emphasis on learning about local traditions and culinary delights. Participants will also have an opportunity to support the on-going recovery efforts with the local residents. A $500 deposit for the tour will be due on June 30.
For further information, please contact us (415) 567-5505.