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East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center

  1203 West Puente Avenue
West Covina, California 91790
Contact Person: Pearl Omiya
(626) 960-2566 (626) 960-0866 FAX
e-mail: info@esgvjcc.org
website: http://esgvjcc.org/




Sports & Fitness

Sabers/Saberettes Youth Basketball
Children ages 5 thru 18, boys and girls teams

Ballroom Dance Class
Fridays- 7:30pm

Wednesdays - 7:30pm

Thursdays - 8:30pm
Sundays - 7:00pm

Thursdays - 6:00pm
Saturdays - 1:00pm

Tuesdays and Fridays- 7:30pm-9:30pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays- 7:30pm-10:00pm

Wednesdays- 7:00pm-10:00pm

Thursdays - 7:00pm
Saturdays - 2:00pm


San Gabriel Valley JACL
Call office, meets periodically

Edgewood Gardeners
Second Thursday of the month- 7:30pm

ESGV Gardeners

Singles Club

Social Club

Leisure Club - Senior
Wednesdays - 9:00am

Nikkei Youth Organization
Monthly meeting / activities


Art & Culture

Japanese Language School
Adult Conversation- 7:00pm-9:00pm, Tuesdays
Gakuen- 9:00am thru 12:30pm, Saturdays

First Thursday of the month - 10:00am

Kime Komi (doll class)
10:00am, second Wednesday of the month

Ikenobo Ikebana
Thursdays- 7:00pm

Third Satuday of the month - 7:00pm

Japanese Classical Odori

Kishin Daiko
Mondays- 7:00pm

Kambei Art Club
Fridays - 7:00pm

Miyagi-Ryu Okinawa Dance
Sundays - 1:00pm


West Covina Buddhist Temple
Sundays- 10:00am

student/youth involvement:

The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center offers many youth program throughout the week including Japanese School, martial arts, youth basketball and other cultural classes.

The San Gabriel Valley Chapter JACL offers scholarships to high school seniors and graduate school students on an annual basis.

Every year, the Community Center coordinates the annual Student Exchange Program for the City of West Covina and Ohtawara, Japan. In July, students from the Community Center visit Ohtawara, Japan and stay with a host family. The following month, students from Japan come stay here in Southern California.

In 2009, the Nikkei Youth Organization was established as a youth-led organization with two groups, high school and college. Its purpose is to plan cultural and social events for the youth in the community center while learning valuable leadership skills. The Community Center encourages youth involvement in all the programs and events offered.

senior citizen

The senior citizens' group at the Community Center, known as Leisure Club, meets every Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm. The group plays bingo, make crafts, and socialize. Lunch is prepared and served every week for a $2 donation per person. The seniors actively participate in the weekly Senior Wellness Program. Launched in 2010, this program includes carnival-type games, exercises, and memory games. These programs for seniors are open to anyone over the age 55.


computer literacy

In 2010, the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center partnered with Little Tokyo Service Center to build the ESGV DISKovery Center, our new Computer Lab. Computer courses are offered weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Classes include introduction to computers, internet basics, digital cameras, page layout, photo editing, email, and more. Private technoiogy tutoring is also avaiiabie throughout the week.
membership: Membership dues are $75.00 per family per year. Center Membership is required in order to take classes and participate in club activities. Membership is open to all nationalities. We have a monthly newsletter that is mailed to our members.
history & mission statement:

January 17, 1936, is a significant date to be remembered by everyone at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. For it was on that day our friend and benefactor, Mr. Eijiro Machida, donated an acre of his farmland to be used by the Japanese Community in the eastern part of the San Gabriel Valley.

On February 6, 1951, the name East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center was officially adopted and was chartered by the State of California as a non-profit corporation. In 1964 the purchase of the present property of Puente Avenue was agreed from the Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Mission Statement:
The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center is a not for profit organization dedicated to foster and preserve the cultural heritage unique to Japanese American ancestry; and to serve the community through social services, artistic, recreational, and educational programs.

board members:

President: Aya Kamimura

1st Vice President: Tim Itatani

2nd Vice President: Jim Friesen

3rd Vice President: Joy Kitaura and Donna Kusumoto

4th Vice President: Nicole Cherry-Yu and Dawn Kiko M. Cheng

5th Vice President: Susie Kozono

Secretary: Denise Akune

Treasurer: Glenn Nakatani

Parliamentarian: David Teragawa

Members-at-Large: Nolan Dyo, Shauna Hiranaka, Chris Hubert, Danny Iwama, Phillip Komai, Frances Nakano, Wesley Nobuta, Grace Richardson, Joan Roberton, Kay Sakaue, Barbara Shirota, Donny Takemoto.



Executive Director: Pearl Omiya (POmiya@esgvjcc.org)
Program Director: Brandon Leong (BLeong@esgvjcc.org)


highlights: A printable list of information about the East San Gabriel Valley JCC, its activities and contact information is available. Click to download the PDF document.