After being released from various relocation centers, Issei Pioneers settling in the Eastern San Fernando Valley saw a need for a centralized gathering place. this would serve as a cultural resource of civic and community events thus adding to the already rich cultural diversity of the area. Valley Japanese Community Center was first established in 1952 as a non-profit corporation. We strive to preserve and perpetuate our Japanese American heritage and cultural experience.
It is noteworthy that our Japanese Language School under the Kyodo System is one of the oldest operating institutions in the Los Angeles County. One of the first organizations formed under Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji buddhist Temple was Valley Buddhist Temple.
We are proud to offer diverse classes, clubs and activities to enrich the Japanese-American culture of the community. Martial arts classes in Judo, Karate and Kendo are currently being offered. Other cultural offerings are Shigin (Japanese poetry, Tea Ceremony, Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Minyo Odori. The ever popular, Shiatsu is one service offered at a discounted rate for anyone in the community.
The second Friday of each month is set aside for Community Center Cabinet meetings. We have an open door policy and are always open to suggestions for improvements in all areas. Please contact us for further information or if you would just like to get involved.