thank you!

Thank you so much to all our friends and family who made it out to Showdown! Congratulations to Nisei Week on winning first place this year! Check out some of the pictures from this years Showdown.

showdown 2018 results

1st Place: Nisei Week
2nd Place: Crazy Rich Asians (SD Fam + Brandon's Friends)
3rd Place: 2018 Board Fellowship sponsored by Kings Hawaiian
4th Place: Gonsaku Mine Ito Family

Best Dressed: Crazy Rich Asians (SD Fam + Brandon's Friends)
Most Spirited: Y23
Gaman Award: Yamasaki Family and Friends
Intergenerational: Osaki Sisters

thank you sponsors!


Aratani Foundation


Seki, Nishimura, & Watase LLP


Fukui Mortuary
Gonsaku Mine Ito Family
IW Group
MUFG Union Bank
Henry Ota and Hiroyo Nonoyama
Tokio Marine Management

community / family

Cold Tofu Improv
Go For Broke National Education Center
Grateful Crane Ensemble
Hirano Homes
Janet Hiroshima and Chris Padilla
Japanese American National Museum
Marilyn and Gary Kadomatsu
King's Hawaiian
Kitayama Family and Friends
Kosaka Family and Friends
Nisei Week Foundation
Nishio Family
Orange Coast Optimist Club
Osaki Sisters
SD Fam and Brandon's Friends
Seki Family and Friends
Yamasaki Family and Friends

opportunity drawing donors

Hazel Ando
Feast From the East
Kisa Noreen
JewelryYoshi Morioka
Andy Nakano
Mike Nakashima from Our Own Style Clothing
Debra Nakatomi
Onishi and Associates
Christy Sakamoto
SD Fam
Brian Takao
Venice-West LA
JACLWarby Parker
Charlie Woo


Hideki Fukusumi    
Lisa Furumoto    
Kaitlin Hara    
Tiffany Hashimoto    
Janet Hiroshima    
Kimberly Kandel    
Marisa Katsuda    
Andie Kimura    
Claire Kitayama    
Kene Kubo    
Brandon Leong    

Jacie Matsuura
Megan Nagasaki
Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama
Brandon Okita
Helen Ota
Scott Shima
Craig Tomiyoshi    
Stacy Toyota    
Amy Watanabe    
Taylor Weik    
Kim Yamasaki    
Michelle Yamashiro

Special thanks

Aaron Takahashi
James Choi, Café  Dulce    
King's Hawaiian    
Mark Hirai, Elite Graphics    
Leonard Kim, Cherrystones    
Hiro Mitsui, Asahi    
Brent Yasukochi, Regal Wine Company

showdown 2018 highlights

Click the link below to view the photo highlights from this year's Showdown!


about kizuna

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