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.




Summer Camp


Thank you cards

Service Learning

Service Learning

Gifts for/from students



Relationships with those we served



Through philanthropy

AT Home

  1. Encourage your children to say thank you for the small things
  2. Writing Thank You cards is a great way to thank others
  3. Encourage your children to evaluate what they feel lucky to have in their lives. Who should they thank for these things? What is the best way to show their appreciation? For older children, ask them to evaluate their privilege, who should they thank for their current status? Instead of thank you cards, how else can they show their appreciation?
  4. Encourage children to look at all the activities they enjoy, and all the organizations they enjoy being a part of. How can they show gratitude to their community?