Photo Credit: Heirloom Films & Photography Sakura Foundation Board Member Kenzo Kawanabe has been named the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kenzo received this recognition alongside other National Philanthropy Day honorees at a special luncheon in Denver on November 8, 2019. This annual award [...]
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Sat, February 8, 2020 Register here today! Photos provided by: Linda Harms Okazaki Are you curious about starting your family history journey? Do you want to document your ancestors, but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you wonder when your ancestors immigrated or if any of the women were picture brides? Perhaps you have questions [...]
Since 2014, Sakura Foundation has been celebrating and supporting Japanese and Japanese American heritage, culture and community. To mark this milestone and thank the community, the Foundation hosted a Fifth Anniversary Celebration on September 12th at Space ANNEX Gallery. The evening consisted of a scrumptious dinner masterfully created by Tokio chef/owner Miki Hashimoto. Special entertainment [...]
Written by: Courtney Ozaki Long-standing community and Sakura Foundation board member Charles Ozaki was presented with the Emperor of Japan's Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays by the Consul General of Japan in Colorado, Midori Takeuchi, on September 4, 2019. This award, established in 1875, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions [...]
Harry Harada was born in La Junta, Colorado and is a retired medical technologist with Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. He has written numerous publications on wastewater efficiency, laboratory management and automation. In Harry’s early years, he worked long, hard hours farming, driving a tractor and operating combines. He was the salutatorian of his high school [...]
On July 14th at History Colorado Center, Sakura Foundation welcomed the nine members of the Mirai Generations Leadership Program (MGLP) Class of 2019 into the alumni fold. The day was filled with celebration and expression of what the leadership program and JA community means to these young professionals. Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on [...]
Sakura Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 scholarships: Sakura Foundation Community Scholarship: L to R: Stacey Shigaya, Sakura Foundation Program Director, Ayla Charness, Ralston Valley High School Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple / Sakura Foundation Scholarships: L to R: Anna Tsuchimoto, Castle View High School, Joe Ozaki, Sakura Foundation Board of Directors [...]
Mark Your Calendars for Sept 12th – Tickets are on sale NOW! Two letters of the alphabet. In English it means to move or proceed. In Japanese GO is the number five. Both meanings of GO are being embraced by Sakura Foundation as we mark our fifth anniversary as a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and [...]
Top Left to Right: Drew Domoto, DJ Ida Bottom Left to Right: Eddie Nozawa, Tom Migaki Drew Domoto is a fourth generation Colorado native. Growing up, Drew fondly recalls participating in karate demonstrations during Cherry Blossom Festival, participating in Chibi no Gakko (Japanese cultural school), and understanding the important role the Japanese American (JA) [...]
Top Row (L to R): Alex Kimata, Brent Sabati, Adam Estasio Middle Row (L to R): Allyson Masunaga Goto, Alyssa Noguchi, Leilani Rose, Jennifer Kimura, Emily Freeman Front Row: Adam Lisbon Just three years ago, Sakura Foundation launched what has become its signature program: the Mirai Generations Leadership Program(MGLP). Mirai means “future” in Japanese. The MGLP encourages participants [...]