Thank you very
much for your support of JAA !
We wish you every happiness this Holiday Season and Throughout
the Coming Year!
54th JAA Year End Dinner
Eiko Aono, Namie Suzuki Appelbaum, China Airlines, Daiei Trading,
Ken Egawa, Reiko Seo Hsia, IACE Travel, Masuo Ichida, Chieko Inagaki,
Masayoshi Ikuta, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, KOKORO, Chizuko Korn,
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America, Yoshie Mooney, Cobi Narita,
Katsumi Oneda, Hiroharu Okamoto, Motoatsu Sakurai, Sakura Shoji,
Masako Sakai, Yoko Sasaki, Kinichi Shibutani, the Takeshige Family,
Setsuji Uematsu and Teruko Yamagata.
Nov. 16 Fund Raising Dinner:
Benefactors ($10,000 and up)
Mr. & Mrs. Shigeo Kida
Patrons ($5,000 and up)
Japanese Medical Society of America, Inc.
ITO EN (North America) Inc.
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
NRS Logistics Inc.
Susan J Onuma/Gary S. Moriwaki
Tey Enterprises, Inc. (川廷秀敏)
Supporters ($1,000 and up)
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Cook Pine Capital LLC
Different Roads to Learning,
Robert K. Emy
David & Lisa McCullagh
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
NHK Cosmomedia America
Tokio Marine Management
Friends ($500 and up)
Gregory Fukutomi, Ann Harakawa, Kimiko Inouye, Keiko Ishida,
Tsuneko Mitsunaka, Michiyo Noda, Fusako Ohta, Kozo Osaki,
Hazue Tamura Rogers, Nobuko & Motoatsu Sakurai,
Maysuko Shibutani, Michi Tahara & Kenji Yoshikawa
Tetsuya Fujita, Mary Ito, Toyokazu Matsumoto, Fumi Raith
Silent Auction donors:
American Airlines, King Pacific Lodge, Shinichi Doi, Wine of
Japan Import, Inc./Robb Report
Sophia Grineva, Katya Grineva, Ito-en (North America), Inc. Kikuichi
New York, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Bon Yagi, Hiroko Onoyama, Susan J. Onuma
Donations to General Fund
$1,000 from Tomiko Sakazume
$1,000 from Mr. Haruo Ito
$661.00 from Ms. Michi Tahara (シニア無料ヘアーカットをして下さっている田原ミチさんより今年のチップが寄付されました)
Corporate Supporters 企業会員 as 12/20/11
Ajinomoto North America
Brother Int’l Corp.
Canon USA, Inc.
EISAI USA Foundation
Ito En (North America), Inc.
JFC Int’l Inc.
Kawasaki Heavy Industry
Mitsui & Co., (U.S.A.), Inc.
Orient Corp. of America
Sojitz Corp. of America
Sumitomo Corp. of America Foundation
Toshiba America, Inc.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Donation in memory of Mr. George Yuzawa
Alyce Matsumoto, Louise & Gershon Locker
Donation in memory of Mr. Francis Y. Sogi
Julie Azuma, George Mukai, Yumoto, Ota & Miyazaki Law Office,
Sanyo Corp. of America, Dr. Camilo T Uy, Kelley Drye & Warren,
YKK Corp. of America
Donation to Hartman Sakazume Scholarship Fund
$4,000 from Tomiko Sakazume
･20 tickets donated by The New York Mixed Chorus’s Annual Concert
on Nov. 19 at New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall.
･20 tickets donated by the Men’s Glee Club of New York 12th Concert
on Dec. 3 at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church.
(February 21, 1915 – October 8, 2011)
(March 21, 1917 – November 26, 2011)
George Katsumi Yuzawa, New York City, originally of Los Angeles,
CA, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2011 at the age of 96.
Shortly thereafter, his wife of seventy-one years, Kimiko “Kimi”
(Hattori), age 94, also passed away on November 26th. Loving parents
of Gene (Wyckoff, NJ) and Pat Yuzawa-Rubin (Wilmette IL); in-laws
to JoAnne and Jack; grandparents to Seth and Emiko Rubin, and
George was born in 1915, the eldest of two children of a successful
florist in the Los Angeles area. Influenced by his father, George
participated in numerous school and community programs. George
and Kimi (from Boyle Heights and from a family of five children)
wed in 1940. The WWII evacuation of Japanese Americans forced
the Yuzawa family to move to the Amache Relocation Center in Granada,
Colorado. There, George acted as education liaison and helped
develop the Center’s school system. In 1944, he was released from
“camp” and volunteered for the US Army(MIS), serving in Tokyo
until his discharge in 1946. He returned to the States, moved
his family to NYC and established a florist business with his
father. He owned Park Central Florist until he retired in the
1980s. Busy as he was, he always found time to continue his community
service. George was instrumental in the formation and nurturing
of many organizations such as: the JAA; the JACL NY (charter member);
JAHFA, Asian American Mental Health, West Side Federation for
Senior Housing, Asian Americans for Fair Media, the Nisei Investors
of NY, the Japanese American Lion’s Club of NY, and the Special
Ministry to the Japanese. George introduced many of our senior
members to the Isabella residential services, and helped establish
an exchange program between Isabella and eldercare professionals
from Japan. In 1981, George served as a member of the East Coast
Japanese Americans for Redress and helped organize the commission
hearings in NYC.
Along the way, George served the JAA in many capacities: vice
president, board member, and committee chair, as well as organizing
numerous Japanese cultural, educational, and preservation activities
in New York City. He helped establish the annual spring Sakura
Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at both the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
and Flushing, NY. In the late 1960s, George also helped design
the interior of the Japanese American United Church building,
where he also provided years of leadership as chair, member of
the board of directors, and, later, as one of its elders.
George received recognition and many commendations for his years
of service, including being named JACL (NY) “Man of the Year” (’75)
and receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award (’01); named a consultant
to the U.S.Commission on Civil Rights (’80,) resulting in an invitation
to the White House by President Jimmy Carter; recognized and decorated
by the Emperor of Japan, (receiving the Order of the Sacred Treasure,
fifth class, for his service on behalf of both Japanese and non-Japanese
receiving the Isabella Geriatric Center’s leadership/LifetimeAchievement Award (’97); and the Governor’s Award for Excellence
from NY Governor George Pataki for work in the Asian American
George and Kimi resided in NYC until the mid-1950s when they moved
their family to Dumont, NJ. They lived there for almost fifty
years. Throughout the years, Kimi always supported George’s numerous
and varied activities while caring for work, home and family.
In 2005, they moved Isabella.
As the year comes to a close, we are saddened to say goodbye to
our friends, George and Kimi. JAA honors them both.