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Member Organizations

& Representatives

2021-2022 Board of Directors
Executive Committee:

President- Florence Kojima...................... (310) 977-4470

1st Vice President- Anthony Tanaka.............. (562) 455-7470

2nd Vice President- Ole Nervik................ (562) 533-2994

Treasurer- Joanne Leivici......................... (310) 994-0553

Secretary- Atsuko Yomigida..................... (562) 425-6554

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Long Beach Japanese Ondo Group

Contact: Jay Shaheen (562)305-8982

An organization that provides Japanese Folk dancing instruction and entertainment for the LBJCC Annual Festival. The group dances for other venues throughout the year.

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Long Beach Japanese Language School

Contact: Ole Nervik (562)533-2994


Founded in 1949 as an elementary level Japanese language school. Today the school provides Japanese language and cultural education for all ages and heritages. Providing beginning levels or elementary, middle and high school/adults. Progressing to intermediate and advanced levels. 

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Long Beach Shotokan Karate 

Osamu Nishimura (562)644-1443

or Dojo manager: Andy Ungos (562)810-7555

Practice: Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm


Shotokan is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts. As the most widely practiced style,  Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate.


Long Beach Judo Dojo  

Contact: Anthony Tanaka (562)455-7470

Practice: Tuesday/Friday 7pm-9pm


Judo meaning "gentle way" is a dynamic combat sport intended to train the body and mind. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allows you to lift and throw opponents onto their backs.


Long Beach Kendo Dojo  

Contact: Yusuke Sakuma

Practice: Tuesday/Friday 7pm-9pm


Judo meaning "gentle way" is a dynamic combat sport intended to train the body and mind. From a standing position, it involves techniques that allows you to lift and throw opponents onto their backs.

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Kokoro Taiko Kai of Long Beach  

Contact: Joann Matsunaga (310)387-8163

Practice: Saturdays 4:00pm-7:00pm


Founded in 1990, the world "Kokoro" represents the heart and soul. The rhythm of the drums is the spiritual sensation that the Kokoro Taiko drummers feel in their hearts when they perform. 

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LBJLS Alumni & Friends Association  

Contact: Robert Yasamura (562)595-7692

An organization made up of all current and past students of the school and all others who want to befriend and promote the ongoing quality of education and the financial security of the school . 


Long Beach Buddhist Church  

Contact: Keiko Shibata (562)630-3258

Services: Sunday 10am


Founded in 1951 to return to the original teachings of Buddhism in its purest form.  


Grace First Presbyterian Church  

Contact: Victor Fukuhara (562)424-0211

Services: Sunday 9:00am & 11:00am


We are a practicing faith community, intentionally multicultural and intergenerational, impacting contemporary life through the love of justice and Jesus Christ.  

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Long Beach Harbor Pioneer Project   

Contact: Joanne Levici (310)214-6689

Board Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month 7:30-9:00pm

Tai Chi Classes: Mondays 3:30pm-4:30pm


Founded in 1969, the Pioneer Project is a truly intergenerational and multicultural all volunteer organization providing all (with an emphasis for seniors) quality of life seminars and educational/entertaining day trips and multiple day travel opportunities.   

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Sumie Group  

Contact: Ann Igarashi (714)540-8948

The 2000 year-old art form of Japanese brush painting is spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism,    


Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai   

Contact: Hiroko Ishiguro (562)431-0820

Monday: 10:00am -1:00pm


Japanese Calligraphy Classes


Long Beach Ikenobo Ikebana  

Contact: Izumi Minamitani (310)292-0179

2nd, 3rd & 4th Saturdays: 1:30pm (Call to Confirm)

Japanese art of flower  arrangement. 


kimekomi Doll-Yukari Kai   

Contact: Atsuko Yomigida (562)425-6554

3rd Saturday of the month, 9:30am-12:00pm @ the Long Beach Buddhist Church 


Instructor: Mrs. Yukari Kanesaka 

"Ki" means wood and "mekomi" refers to the technique that is used to tuck fabric into the wooden grooves of the dolls body. 

Shodo Kai Shigin    

Contact: Michiko Honda (562)426-6756

Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm


Shingin is the chanting of the ancient Chinese poetry. The unique characteristic of the Kokuho style includes a variety of folk songs (with chanting), waka (a 31-syllable Japanese poem), Haiku poem and biwa (Japanese Lute) 

Nichiren Sanghan Association  

Contact: Lane Hayakawa (951)315-1443

Services: 1st Sunday 11:00am- 2:30pm 

At the Center since 1985.

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Long Beach Landscape Gardeners Association   

Contact: Frank Harada (714)821-3528


First organized in 1953 to promote the best interests of gardeners in the Long Beach area and further the knowledge of horticulture. They created the Japanese Garden at the Center  

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