On behalf of the Government of Japan, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles is currently seeking centenarians with Japanese citizenship or Japanese ancestry to be honored in the fall of this year.

Qualified individuals should be born between April 1, 1919 and March 31, 1920.

Individuals with Japanese citizenship will receive a proclamation from the Prime Minister of Japan and a ceremonial silver cup (ginpai). 

Individuals with Japanese ancestry (but no Japanese citizenship) will receive a certificate from the Consul General.
 All interested parties should send the following information to the Consulate General by June 10,2019:

Proof of name, sex and birthday

Current address

Telephone Number

Individuals with Japanese citizenship must also provide:

Photocopy of Japanese Passport

Information of Family Registration (Koseki-tohon)

Individuals with Japanese ancestry must also provide:

Photocopy of Certificate of Naturalization or U.S. Birth Certificate

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Consular Section of the Consulate General of Japan, (213) 617-6700, ext. 440 

(213) 617-6700, ext. 406 (for Japanese citizen)

(213) 617-6700, ext. 135 or 222 (for Japanese ancestry).




JAHSSD Gallery at San Diego History Center:


Letters from Santa Anita: Children’s Thoughts on Internment

Clara Breed was a librarian with San Diego Public Library where she became good friends with many of the young Japanese Americans who visited the library. Many of them carried on a regular correspondence with her during their time in internment camps which provides an interesting insight into how these young people viewed their situation. Using the letters written to Clara Breed from her young friends in Santa Anita, this exhibition reveals their thoughts and opinions on internment in their own words.








Japanese Businesses in Downtown San Diego Prior to WWII

Before WWII, the area around Fifth and Island in downtown San Diego was the center of the Japanese business community. The map featured in this exhibition shows the location of the various businesses and the diversity of services they provided. To accompany the map are images of the various businesses and their owners and staff.







A Window into History: Curiosities from our Collections

Currently on exhibit in our new artifact exhibition space:


Forge and Anvil – used by the Oyama family in Chula Vista.                       





Invitation Program for Japanese American Students – June-July 2019

11th Japanese American Student Program (sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will sponsor a group of four Japanese American high school students to travel to Japan June 29  July 9, 2019 for the opportunity to learn about Japan and to promote mutual understanding and exchanges between Japanese and Japanese American younger generations.  Those with multiracial backgrounds and children of first generation Japanese immigrants (shin issei) are highly encouraged to apply.  This is the eleventh group of students to be invited for the program.  The itinerary in Japan is scheduled to include a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tours of Tokyo and the Kansai area, and a homestay experience.   

 Applicants should submit materials to their local consulate general. 

For Los Angeles consulate region applicants:

Please submit materials via email or mail to Jennifer Usyak, Advisor

Email: j.usyak@ls.mofa.go.jp  

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 1700

Los Angeles, CA  90071

For more details and Application Form:




68th Annual JACL Picnic

Proceeds support Leadership Development & Scholarship

Sunday, June 30, 11:00 am at East Crown Point Shores, Mission Bay

For tickets and more information: Annual JACL Picnic