Japanese Philanthropists Give Back to Community

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First in a series honoring Kimochi’s Philanthropists

Kimochi, Inc. started Sansei Live! 25 years ago as a way to introduce younger generations to Kimochi senior services and to encourage philanthropy among young people.

Today, the Japantown-based organization serves 3,000 Bay Area seniors and their families with everything from nutrition and resident care to transportation and social services.

Here is a look at a few business professionals who have devoted their time, money and energy to giving back to the Japanese community. They will be recognized at the 25th anniversary of Sansei Live on Oct. 18.

Name: Aaron Nakahara
Occupation: Principal, Nakahara Accountancy Corporation
Residence: Emeryville, Calif.
Getting involved with Kimochi: Aaron began volunteering at Kimochi’s Nutrition Program in the early 1990s, just before graduating from college. Nearly 15 years later, Aaron has continued to support Kimochi seniors by offering his CPA services free of charge. Each year at tax time, he stakes out a space at the Kimochi offices and assists seniors who line up to meet with him for tax advice and preparation.

What Kimochi means to him: “It’s important for younger generations like mine to acknowledge, appreciate and give the deserved respect to previous generations. It is through their struggles and sacrifices (gaman) that we are now able to experience the freedom that we currently enjoy. To me, Kimochi means giving without having anything asked of you. In the years to come, I hope younger generations will continue to support Kimochi to serve its elders.”

Name: Grace Horikiri
Occupation: Design Director, Nagamuma Design & Direction
Residence: San Francisco
Getting involved with Kimochi: Grace began volunteering for Kimochi’s Nutrition Program during her junior-high summer vacation. Horikiri met many community leaders and organizers who were role models of giving. Her father served as a Kimochi board member, and her mother attends Kimochi’s Senior Day Care Program. Her two brothers are also involved in Kimochi and support seniors through their businesses. Today, Horiki is president of the Nihonmachi Street Fair and continues to provide communication needs for Kimochi at Nagamuma Design & Direction.

What Kimochi means to her: “Kimochi has always had and will remain a very important part of my life. My hope for the future is that it will continue to serve our community and be there when my time comes to participate in the many programs available. Hey, I hope they will still serve oishii lunches in 2028!”

25th Anniversary of Kimochi’s
Sansei Live! Fundraiser

Saturday, October 18
San Francisco Presidio Officers’ Club
50 Moraga Ave., San Francisco
6:00pm – Midnight
$75 general admission;
$20 at door after 9:00 p.m.
(415) 931-2294

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