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2021 Keiro no Hi Festival

2021 Keiro no Hi Festival



Sat, Sep 18, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Keiro and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) are proud to present their fourth annual Keiro no Hi Festival, virtually, on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Keiro no Hi, or Respect for the Aged Day, is a Japanese holiday that honors and celebrates older adults.

This FREE event will not be in-person but will be delivered as an interactive virtual event you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. Keiro no Hi honors the older adults in Our Community and will consist of:

  • Online video premiere with performances, workshops, and special guest speakers

  • Keiro no Hi Fine Arts Showcase

  • Complimentary gift packages with registration (to be mailed) OR hosted bento and gift bag pick up with registration (pick up locations to be announced)

Premieres on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 2 pm.


Registration is now open! Seats are limited.

Visit Keiro’s website to sign up for the complimentary bento and gift bag pickup/mailing.

For questions, please contact programs@keiro.org.

Fine Arts Showcase – Celebration

At this year’s Keiro no Hi Festival, we will once again host a Keiro no Hi Fine Arts Showcase! We invite everyone in Our Community, age 60 and above, to create and express their talent through different forms of art. Submitted artwork will be displayed during the festival virtually.

The theme for this year’s Arts Showcase will be:

Oiwai – Celebration

Whether it is describing what you like to celebrate, who you celebrate with, or an art piece showing the spirit of celebration, express your creativity and imagination!

Please view the flyer below with more information on how to submit your art and submission criteria.

All submissions are due by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Visit keiro.org/arts-showcase to learn more.

For any questions, email contact@keiro.org.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor 
Aratani Foundation 

Fine Arts Showcase Sponsor
The Doizaki Family

Omedetou Sponsors
Gene & Vickie Kanamori
Jack Kurihara & Carol Inge
Lynn Miyamoto & Kevin Kroeker

Keiro no Hi Sponsor
Kimiko Fujita & Kihei Otani
Nikkei Senior Gardens

Click here to learn more about being a Keiro no Hi sponsor.
Sponsors are listed as of June 18, 2021

View previous Keiro no Hi Festivals

2020 Fine Arts Showcase

View the 2020 “Quality of Life” Fine Arts Showcase

Keiro no Hi Festival 2019

Families, caregivers, friends, and volunteers from across Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties descended on the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center plaza for the special day. This one-of-a-kind festival is inspired by the national holiday celebrated in Japan, Respect for the Aged Day, which celebrates and honors the community’s older adults.

2019 Keiro no Hi Festival Photos

View event photos from the 2019 festival

Keiro no Hi “Bunka Bundle”

JACCC provides access to programs that older adults and their caregivers can enjoy, from in-language classes and literature, to private sessions in our traditional garden. For us, cultivating the next generation of culture-bearers for the Japanese and Japanese American communities can’t happen without the input of our elders to show us the way. JACCC bundled the following programs with care, for you and your loved ones to enjoy and spark your own creativity.

Forest Bathing

In May of this year, members of the Southern California Gardeners Federation who built the wonderful James Irvine Japanese Garden came back to revitalize it. After careful pruning, the stones and trees are singing again, and the splendor of this special place has been restored, all for you to enjoy. The garden is currently closed to the public for current safety reasons, but please stay tuned for more details on our re-opening.

From the Archives (The Issei Poetry Project)

Much of Los Angeles’ Issei writers poetry and literature was thought lost, due to the war and incarceration camps. The Issei Poetry Project is JACCC’s ongoing effort to preserve a rare archival collection of poetry and literature written by these Issei artists. These translations share the firsthand feelings and thoughts of the first generation during a period of intense history. We’re also making these translations available to the public, to educate younger generations and the world about the significant creative contributions of the Issei.

Haiku Challenge

Get creative from wherever you are! The Haiku challenge is open to writers of all ages, those prolific or approaching with shoshin, or “beginner’s mind”. Submissions have come from all over the globe during the pandemic, and we’re awaiting yours! If selected, your haiku will be published on the JACCC website, social media, and monthly newsletter.

Little Tokyo Little Podcast Season 1 - 2

Each month, a new episode focuses on local celebrations from our diverse community and the 72 Japanese micro-seasons. Experience beautiful artwork from local Little Tokyo resident artists, Margaux Morales spinning retro Japanese vinyl records, local updates from Miya Iwataki, and your monthly dose of ukulele magic with Chester Ikei!

Heritage X Exhibit

This exhibition honors the four pioneer Japanese American artists who contributed significantly to the L.A. Art scene: Mike Kanemitsu, Sawako Shintani, Keisho Okayama, and Nob Hadeishi.

All submissions are due by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Visit keiro.org/arts-showcase to learn more.

For any questions, email contact@keiro.org.

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