Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association
DR. JOHN E. KASHIWABARA ARCHIVAL LIBRARY OPENING CEREMONY
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.
WHO WAS DR. JOHN E. KASHIWABARA?
Dr. John (11/30/1921-1/16/2010) was one of the founding members of LBYSCA (see LBYSCA History page). He was a leader in the community and instrumental in establishing the Doctors Program.
Dr. John Kashiwabara’s family members.
LBYSCA long-time Board Member and library builder,
Vctor Fukuhara, with Dr. John Kashiwabara’s family members.