Upcoming Events

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The Art of Tokoyama: The Japanese Traditional Dance Wig Lecture and Demonstration

Saturday, August 6th, 2-4PM

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall

An exciting and informative lecture and demonstration at the GVJCI featuring a Japanese wig stylist,Tokuo Toyotani, and his son, Kazuo Toyotani. During event, Toyotani, of the renowned Gekidanshinpa Theatrical Group in Japan, will discuss the art of combing Japanese dance wigs used in Kabuki and classical dance. He has been invited to present this educational forum by the Nihon Buyo Kai of California, a nonprofit organization established by a group of Bando School students to promote and perpetuate the art of Japanese traditional and classical dance. Following the demonstration and lecture, a Japanese traditional dance will be performed by a Bando student wearing the wig. Admission will be $5 per person. Seating is limited and interested attendees are encouraged to reserve online at For more information, call (310) 324-6611 or email For Japanese language, call (310) 800-0118. "The Art of Tokoyama" is co-sponsored by the Nihon Buyo Kai of California and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.


Writers Salon

Saturday, August 13th, 1-3 PM

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall

In August, the GVJCI begins a program called the Writers Salon. This informal event is an opportunity for writers to read selections from published books or works in progress, followed by a discussion about the writing process, of present and future projects, of the trials and tribulations of writing. After the discussion, the audience will be able to talk with the writers, and to purchase books if available. The first Writers Salon will feature Nick Nagatani, Gary Yano, Akemi Kikumura Yano, and Janet Mitsui Brown. For more information, please contact Tim Toyama at, (310) 848-9890, or Michelle Yamashiro at, (310) 324-6611

Night Market

Saturday, August 27th, 5-10PM

Come on out for a night of fun and food! Taste a variety of different cuisine; you may find something you really love!

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Mixed Plate Jams

Saturday, Sept. 10th, 6-8 PM

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall

Are you ready for Mixed Plate jams, September edition?! We will be having another mixed plate jams, our open mic night in the fall. We will be having a dinner + show option for only $10, just the show ticket price is $5. Performers get in free, and their dinner price is only $5! Come join us for a beautiful night filled with food, drinks, music and all sorts of entertainment. You must register and pay by September 2nd for the $10 dinner + show price. You can contact us at or (310) 324-6611. All art forms are welcome!

Letters to Eve Workshop

Saturday, September 17th, 6-8 PM

Main Hall

Letters To Eve (written by Daniel Sugimoto) is a classic story of love, friendship, family, and honor. This epic WWII musical follows a Japanese American family and their plight through forced internment, an African American jazz musician captured during Germany's occupation of France, and the powerful spiri of music and literature. This breathtaking new work will uncover the lost letters of history and paint a pure picture of a fascinating era. Discover the power as these characters decide to stand up for what is right, and create a legacy for the ages! Join us for a night of music and storytelling!

Chronic Kidney Disease 2

Sunday, October 9th, 1-3 PM

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall

Iku Kiriyama and Dr. Dean Kujubu, Kaiser Permanente nephrologist, will discuss Chronic Kidney Disease and the risk factors of diabetes and hypertension in a question & answer format with audience participation interspersed during their discussion. For the past 10 years, Iku Kiriyama has shared her experiences related to her husband George's death in 2005, which segued to her personal health issues. She believes people can be proactive for their own lives if they gain knowledge through professional information and personal experiences early on. Chronic Kidney Disease II is a sequel to a program presented last year. Since that program, lku discovered many people with diabetes and hypertension who did not know about their conditions as they related to kidney disease until it was too late. Dr. Dean Kujubu, who presented with Iku at the forum last year, will again offer his professional expertise.


Friday, October 14th, 6-10 PM

South Coast Botanic Garden

Join the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) and the South Coast Botanic Garden (SCBG) for our first ever Otsukimi, or moon viewing. On Friday October 14th, we will be at the SCBG gazing at the night sky, and appreciating the beauty of the moon. A Japanese tradition, Otsukimi is usually celebrated outdoors with delicious seasonal foods, poetry, and beautiful surroundings. People would celebrate the harvest season by gazing at the moon at its brightest. We will be celebrating this full moon event with drinks and food for all ages. We will also be featuring local artists who will perform music, poetry, and traditional Japanese arts. Come by Friday the 14th with your family and friends, and enjoy an evening outdoors!


Saturday, October 15th

Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall

Are you ready for a natural disaster? Learn more about how to prep for an earthquake in a fun and interactive way! The GVJCI will be partnering with Tri-City CERT for an earthquake simulation and rescue. In addition to participating in this event, there will be freebies and food to enjoy with the community! Be prepared and join us on Oct. 15th !

Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am - 3pm


Join the GVJCI for its second annual GVJCI volunteer day! We are participating in a nationwide campaign called- Make a Difference day, where community members volunteer and give back! This volunteer day is open to any volunteers of all ages. We will be cleaning, organizing, and revamping the GVJCI so it can stay a community space for generations to come. RSVP to

Obake Night

Friday, October 28th, 5pm-7pm


Celebrate Halloween early with GVJCI by attending Obake night! We will have games and treats for an early Halloween party, come dressed up and join in on the fun! Great for ages 5-15 years! Please RSVP to Price is $5 per child!