Kansha Award

The Board’s nominating committee meets each year to determine if, and to whom, a Kansha Award should be given.  The Award, represented by a beautifully crafted hand-made wood plaque created by former Board member Yuki Kawamoto, recognizes the individual’s superior contributions to the history and well being of the Japanese American community in San Diego.

Past recipients of the Kansha award:

1994 Dr. Francis Tanaka
1998 Mrs. Misao Kawasaki, Mrs. Toshiko Kiyoi, Rev. Akio Miyaji, Mrs. Susan Namba, Mrs. Ruth Takahashi Voorhies
2000 Mr. Joseph Owashi (posthumously), Mr. Tom Yanagihara, Mrs. Shinobu Yoshioka
2001 Mrs. Agnes Benson, Mr. Ben Honda (posthumously), Mr. Fred Katsumata
2002 Mr. Masami Honda, Dr. Randall Phillips, Mr. James Yamate, Mr. Jimmy Takashima
2003 Mrs. Umeko Kawamoto, Mr. Harold Kuhn, Mrs. Kiyo Ochi
2004 Mr. Tetsuyo Kashima (posthumously), Mr. Tom and Mrs. Liz Ozaki
2005 Mr. Donald H. Estes (posthumously)
2006 Mr. Moto Asakawa, Mr. Roy Muraoka
2007 Dr. Terry Tanaka, Dr. Yuri Kaneda
2008 Mr. Joseph Y. and Mrs. Elizabeth Kikuchi Yamada
2009 Mr. Martin Lloyd Ito; Mr. Masaharu and Mrs. Grace Tsuida
2010 Yukio Kawamoto
2011 Akira “Jumbo” Takeshita

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