Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association

Association News

Dr. John
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Port of Long Beach’s funded program, I Dig Long Beach, a project aimed to plant 6,000 Trees by 2020:  A Plan to Improve Air Quality in Long Beach, held the Dr. John E. Kashiwabara Memorial Tree Planting event.  The Long Beach Neighborhood Services helped organize the event to plant 70 trees along Pacific Avenue near 33rd streets in memory of
Dr. John Kashiwabara, an active Long Beach community leader and one of the founding members of the Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association.I Dig

Dr. John, as he is fondly remembered, was a family physician involved in many civic organizations such as, The Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, the 49ers Athletic Association, Long Beach City College Foundation, Long Beach Century Club, the Downtown Long Beach Lions Club, The California Conference for Equality and Justice, and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was the first Japanese American to serve on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and the California State University Board of Trustees. In 1998 was made an honorary citizen of Yokkaichi, Japan.

About 100 volunteers--many of whom were students--grabbed shovels, water buckets and gloves and planted crepe myrtle trees along Pacific Avenue and around the Wrigley area neighborhood.

Thank you for the following sponsors and volunteers for a fun day!

Port of Long Beach
Wrigley is Going Green
Wrigley Association
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens, CSULB
Downtown Long Beach Lions Club
The California Conference for Equality and Justice
Century Club
Long Beach Community Foundation
Milikan G.R.E.E.N. Academy

Orange County’s Credit Union
Pack 21, Long Beach Area Council
Neighborhood Leadership Program Alumni
Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Hughes Green Team
Long Beach City College Viking Volunteers
City of Long Beach, Office of Sustainability
City of Long Beach, Department of Public Works

2015-02-07 - Dr. John Tree Planting (65)
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On Sunday, February 8, 2015 members of the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center celebrated the grand opening of the Dr. John Kashiwabara Archival Library. Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association Treasurer and Board Member, Victor Fukuhara, spearheaded the library project by building shelves and cabinets, painting walls and installing new floors.  Other members assisted in hanging photos and labeling items chronicling the history of the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, formerly known as the Harbor Japanese Community Center which was founded in 1949.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by the nieces of Dr. John Kashiwabara who drove down from Northern California to attend the event.

The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center is located at 1766 Seabright Avenue, near PCH and Santa Fe Avenue.

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Victor Fukuhara with Dr. John Kashiwabara’s family.


The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach was the beautiful setting for the Yokkaichi English Fellows (YEF) 25th Anniversary Party on July 29, 2011.

2011-07-07 - YEF 25th Reunion (26)

On March 23, 2011 our association participated with the Earl Miller Burns Japanese Garden, the Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center, Interval House and the City of Long Beach in a fundraiser and memorial tribute for the victims and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


Former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster presenting Junichi Ihara, former Consul General from Japan,
1,000 cranes, representing good wishes for Japan’s recovery.