Kimochi Spirit Awards Set for May 17

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NIHONMACHI AWARDS PRESENTED TO WARREN FURUTANI AND ROSALYN TONAI.

KIMOCHI SPIRIT AWARDS PRESENTED TO Volunteer KYLE KUNIYOSHI AND Nutrition staff GRACE YIP.

Warren Furutani

Warren Furutani

For the past 43 years Kimochi Inc. has been providing programs and services to the seniors of the Japanese American community, the City of San Francisco, and the Bay Area. Currently, the organization seeks to expand its services to San Mateo.

On May 17, 2014 Kimochi will host the Kimochi Spirit Awards celebration at the Kabuki Sundance Cinemas in San Francisco. At this event, Kimochi will recognize the spirit of “kimochi” (“feelings”) of people whose hard work make it possible to provide programs and services for seniors.

This year two honorees will receive a special Nihonmachi Award, for their overall contributions to the Japanese American community. Former California assemblyman Warren Furutani will be recognized for his public service and community activism. Rosalyn Tonai, executive director of the National Japanese American Historical Society, will be recognized for her leadership in advocating awareness of Japanese American History. Additionally, longtime Kimochi volunteer Kyle Kuniyoshi will be honored in recognition of his service and commitment and Grace Yip, who prepares hot meals at the Kimochi Nutrition Program. Kimochi will also be recognize AT&T as a corporate Kimochi supporter.

Entertainment for this event will include the J-town Jazz Ensemble featuring George Yoshida, Colette Ikemi will be singing a piece and Ayako Hosokawa’s quartet featuring Shota Osabe, Akira Tana, Bob Kenmotsu and Ken Okata.

The event is free to the public but RSVP’s should be made to 415 931-229. Doors open at 11 o’clock. Program starts at 12 p.m. and donations are appreciated!

For more information call Kimochi at 415 931-2294 or log on to the Kimochi website, www.kimochi-inc.org or contact Wes Nihei, wnihei@kimochi-org, 415-931-2294

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