Kizuna's Summer Camp is a local program for kids ages 7-13 (entering 2nd grade to entering 8th grade), centered on building a foundation of Japanese American culture & heritage. 

July 7-August 13, 2020
Program Highlights
Learn more
open NOW!

About Our Camp

Kizuna's Summer Camp is a local program for students entering 2nd to 8th grade, centered on building a foundation of Japanese American culture & heritage.

Our camp is a high caliber program: our counselors are carefully vetted and rigorously trained and have workshops optimized for passing on the Japanese American tradition.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have moved our Summer Camp program online so you may enjoy a summer of Kizuna fun from the safety and security of your own home. Rather than signing up for one on-site week of camp, Kizuna is offering six weeks of programming featuring many familiar faces.

Your child will also receive a care package from Kizuna with a Summer Camp t-shirt, journal, and more!

Please contact for questions regarding Summer Camp.

Interested in applying to be a counselor at our camp? Click here

Program Co-Sponsor


  • Union Church of Los Angeles
    401 E 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • June 15-19, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily

San Fernando Valley

  • San Fernando Valley JCC
    12953 Branford St.
    Arleta, CA 91331
  • July 13-17, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily


  • Orange County Buddhist Church
    909 S Dale Avenue
    Anaheim, CA 92804
  • July 6-10, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily


  • West Los Angeles United Methodist Church
    1913 Purdue Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • June 22-26, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily


  • Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute
    595 Lincoln Ave #201
    Pasadena, CA 91103
  • July 6-10, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily


  • Gardena Buddhist Church
    1517 166th Street
    Gardena, CA 90247
  • July 20-24, 2020
    July 27-31, 2020
  • *9:00am-5:00pm daily

Culture & Heritage

Summer Camp is a fun and exciting way for your kids to learn about their culture and heritage. We pride ourselves on creating a program that our campers will remember. Example activities include: mochitsuki, Japanese calligraphy, family oral histories, Japanese American values, book readings and much more.

Pricing Information

We know Summer Camp is going to be different for everyone this year, that's why we've reduced the price of camp and given campers more weeks of summer fun.

Group Pricing

Just register more than one person at a time to get a group discount. It can be siblings, friends, family... anyone! Just register more than one person on the same form and the discount will be applied.

Early Bird

Register before the April 30 early bird deadline and receive an additional discount for just signing up early. Can be combined with group pricing for a double discount!

Early Bird Single

per student

Register before April 30! Find a friend to get the even lower group price.

Standard Group

per student

Discount still available! Just register more than one person to get the group discount.

Standard Single

per student

Individual student registration cost.

virtual camp rate

per student

Special price for this year's Virtual Summer Camp

*No refunds: fees will not be returned after received.

Registration open

A Very Caring STaff

Our staff cares A LOT about our campers. We guarantee that our staff will give everything they have to create a memorable and worthwhile experience for the your kids. We intend for our campers to remember Summer Camp forever.

student learning outcomes

Most newcomers are curious about the workshops and activities that we host at camp.

Our virtual Summer Camp will adapt familiar themes from our in-person Summer Camp programming to ensure that our campers learn about Japanese American values, culture, and traditions such as the ones listed below.

Bento Making

This workshop gives students the opportunity to make their very own bento boxes. Students make cute rice balls in the shape of panda bears. Their bentos were chopped full of rice, meat (hot dogs), veggies (carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce), and other garnishes. Oishii!


  • - Knowledge of traditional Japanese American foods.
  • - Learn to pass on and preserve these recipes
  • - Critical thinking in how our culture, values, and even foods shape our behaviors.

Children's Day

Our Kodomo no Hi workshop highlights the deeper meaning of one of the most iconic images of Children’s Day – the koinobori. The koi have become a major symbol of Children's Day because they demonstrate character traits we want our community's children to embody.


  • - Increased awareness of Japanese American traditions.
  • - Enhanced desires to redefine and shape our ever changing and dynamic culture.
  • - Critical thinking in how our culture, values, and even foods shape our behaviors.


We cover the cultural value of kansha, which means to show appreciation or gratitude. Students learn about how they can be thankful for their parents through our "human tamagochi" game, where students do tasks for their counselors to simulate how parents care for their children. The activity culminates in a thank you mural we make for the community center, as an act of thankfulness for letting us use the facilities for our camp.


  • - Increased awareness of cultural values and dynamics.
  • - Critical thinking in how our communities, cultures, and values shape our behaviors.
  • - Increased awareness of values in everyday life.

Camp Matsuri

A camp-wide festival where each team runs a carnival booth. Teams cover everything from learning all the preparation that goes into planning a matsuri carnival from the planning, to the preparation, to the execution of the event. Students learn about the value of volunteering, and why it’s important to donate one’s time to local community events and efforts.


  • - Increased awareness of cultural values and events.
  • - Critical thinking in how our communities, cultures, and values shape our behaviors.
  • - Increased awareness of the importance of giving back to one's local community.

Incarceration Escape Room

Students learn about the incarceration camps that Japanese Americans were put into during World War II. This workshop is highly interactive, where students must complete a series of challenges and clues to “escape” from their unjust circumstances. Whether it is through historical photos, a geographic map of the continental United States during WWII, or through a historical book, all challenges engage the students' imaginations to learn more about this important epoch of American history.


  • - Increased awareness of Japanese American history.
  • - Learn to pass on and preserve the history of the incarceration of Japanese Americans.
  • - Appreciation of the hardships of older generations.

KIZUNA staff Training

Kizuna's staff training modules are conducted to build a safe, exciting, and learning environment for your child. Our training is an annually held certification program curated and facilitated by Kizuna staff. Here is a sneak peak on what we require and cover with our counselors before the start of any Summer Camp Program.

Background Checks

All of our counselors are required to go through a California Department of Justice level background check and fingerprinting service to ensure that our counselors will create a safe and healthy environment.

training topics

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Professional Behavior

Interested in applying to be a counselor at our camp? Click here

Have More Questions?

No problem! Just click the little help button on the bottom right of the screen to ask us a question directly. We'll get back to you real quick.