The most commonly used translation for Kansha is gratitude. At Kizuna, we value all the time and support we receive from our participants, volunteers, donors, and community partners. We believe Kansha is more than just thanking someone for their good deeds or time. Kansha can be demonstrated through big acts like community service or fundraising/philanthropy for your community. Kansha can also be demonstrated through smaller actions like opening the door at a restaurant for an elderly couple, helping your parents do the dishes, and even pushing in your chair after you finish eating at your local community center. We share this deep meaning of gratitude with all our students, staff, and volunteers and hope to instill this emotion in future generations to come.
Kansha is important to us, it is one of the values the Issei and Nissei (first and second generation Japanese Americans) valued strongly, and that we hope to continue. We greatly appreciate everything our ancestors have done for our community, we would like to show our gratitude through giving back and ensuring the success of our community through our acts of appreciation.
As a core value, Kansha is shared in many ways in multiple programs. For our Kansha workshop at Summer Camp, we first teach students what Kansha means, and why it is an important core value. We then do various activities that repeats this value of appreciation and gratitude, these activities include: listing things we are thankful for (both material and intangible things), doing a group gift exchange, writing thank you cards to our parents, and discussing how we share Kansha with others. The workshop ends with students creating their own way of saying thank you (cards, mini-plays, videos, or songs) to someone at camp they appreciate. We use repetition and relatable examples to instill the importance of this value.
Thank you cards
Gifts for/from students
Relationships with those we served