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Long Beach Japanese Community Center
(formerly Harbor District Japanese Community Center)


1766 Seabright Avenue
Long Beach, California 90813
P.O. Box 9188
Long Beach, California 90810
(562) 437-9924 (message only)





Sami Kato (909) 393-6541
Practices: 2 Saturdays/month 7:00- 9:00 pm call

Beikok Shodo KenkyukKai
Kimiyo Matsuoka (310) 833-7362

Long Beach Buddhist Church
Masako Kotsubo (562) 426-4014
Services: Sunday 10 am

Grace Presbyterian Church (www.gracepreschurch.com)
Amy Tsubokawa (562) 860-1594
Services: Sundays 9 & 11 am

JACOM Credit Union

Victor Fukuhara (562) 424-1897
Jerome Matsuoka (562) 432-4555
M/W/F 9am-5pm T/Th 1pm-7pm

LBJLS Alumni Associaton
June Sayuri Donovan (562) 989-3327

LBJLS Booster Association
Florence Kojima (310) 517-9974

LBJLS Support Group

Takako Agustsson (310)-373-3843

LB Japanese Language School

Ole Nervik (562) 867-1426
Classes: Saturday 8:45 am - 12:30 pm

Long Beach Judo Dojo
Gene Takahashi (562) 867-1340
Practices: T/F 7pm-9pm

Long Beach Judo Parent Group
Tracy Ahn (310) 377-9919

Long Beach Ikenobo Ikebana
Izumi Minamitani (310) 292-0179
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 1:30 pm


Landscape Gardeners Association
Yoshimi Okazaki (562) 429-7603

Sumi-e Group

Johnny Mizuno (310) 604-3250

Shodo Kai Shigin/Gimbu Group
Frank Makoto Ramos (562) 424-2264
Gimbu: Th 12:30 pm - 5 pm
Shigin: M 7 pm- 10 pm

Long Beach Kendo Dojo
Osamu Okaniwa (562) 435-4714
Practices: M/Th 7:30pm-9:30pm

Long Beach Japanese Ondo Group
Jay Shaheen (562) 427-0794
Practices: M/W beginning June 4th

Kokoro Taiko
Atsuko Yomogida (562) 425-6554
Practices: Saturday 3:30pm-6:00pm

Nichiren Sangha Association
Kay Hara (714) 968-3628
Services: 1st Sunday 11 am - 2:30 pm

LB-Harbor Pioneer Project
To be determined
Meetings: 2nd Monday 7:30-9:30pm

Mural Project
Trac Fukuhara

Long Beach Japanese CC Youth Group
Nico Donovan (562) 989-3327
Meetings: 3rd or 4th Saturdays - 1-2:30 pm call

mission statement:

The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center has served as the primary facility in the Long Beach Harbor area in furthering an understanding and appreciation of the Japanese culture and the Japanese American experience through its offerings of cultural and visual arts instruction, as well as Japanese language classes, events and activities for the benefit of citizens of all ages, ethnicity and religious affiliations.

Our Mission is:

  • To enhance the lives of the citizens of the Long Beach/South Bay area through accessible, quality instruction in the various Japanese cultural, visual, language and martial arts.
  • To serve as a cultural resource of civic and community events, thus adding to the already rich cultural diversity of the area.
  • To preserve and further the timeless cultural traditions which are our legacy by generations past.
  • To collect, document and establish an archives library of historical artifacts, data, visual images and an oral history of the Japanese American experience in the Long Beach and surrounding areas to serve as a unique educational resource.
board of directors:

President - Ole Nervik (562) 867-1426
1st Vice President - Flo Kojima (310) 517-9974
2nd Vice President - Osamu Okaniwa (562) 435-4714
Treasurer - Jay Shaheen (526) 427-0794
Secretary - Frank Makoto Ramos (562) 424-2264
Past President Advisor - June Donovan (562) 989-3327

membership: Family Membership: $25.00 per year
Senior Family Membership (65+): $15.00 per year
highlights: A printable list of information about the Long Beach JCC, its activities and contact information is available. Click to download the PDF document.