April 24, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jennifer Hamamoto, Director of Programs

JA Talks: Meet Professional 3×3 Basketball Player Ryan Tana

Saturday, April 24, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Connect via Zoom; meeting ID and password provided upon registration
Register online: http://bit.ly/RyanTana
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Introducing JA Talks, the Center’s new ongoing series of talks featuring members of the Japanese American community sharing their insights and experiences across a variety of industries and disciplines. Join us as we get to know our friends and colleagues doing interesting things, not just here in Japantown, but around the world!

Join us for our inaugural JA Talk! We are excited to sit down and chat with Ryan Tana, team co-owner and professional basketball player of Tokyo Crayon 3×3 in Japan! For any of you who have hoop dreams, played in Japanese American and Asian basketball leagues and tournaments, or are interested in starting a life or career overseas in Japan, Ryan will share with us his journey from growing up yonsei in the Bay Area, to going pro and serving as an ambassador of sport and as a cultural bridge between Japan and the Japan American community in the motherland! Ryan’s talk will be followed by an audience Q&A session, so don’t miss your chance to hear directly from Ryan about his experiences in professional sports in Japan.

Invite any of your friends or family members who love basketball for this unique opportunity to meet a pro JA baller!

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About Ryan Tana

Ryan is a yonsei Japanese American currently living in Tokyo, Japan. He was born in New York City, but grew up in Belmont, CA since age 6. He played basketball for JYO and San Jose Ninjas growing up. He attended Junipero Serra High School and played basketball for New York University from 2010-2014. He’s been playing professional 3×3 basketball in Japan since 2017, and most recently co-owning the 3×3 team he plays for, Tokyo Crayon 3×3. One of his goals is to reconnect with his JA community in the States, and provide international perspective to Japan that he didn’t have growing up.