Himawarikai was established in 1971 under the umbrella of the Immigration Institute of the East Bay, thanks to a small grant from the United Way. Since its establishment, Himawarikai has served the needs of the Japanese-speaking community in the Bay Area, while constructing mutually supportive relationships with the surrounding communities.
Himawarikai organizes events and activities for Japanese speakers to build community and to foster cultural awareness and understanding. Our events and activities include Japanese writing and book clubs, Qigong classes, annual New Year celebration, summer picnics, lectures and workshops dealing with legal and financial concerns of Japanese speakers and the history of Japanese people in the Bay Area. Members receive quarterly newsletters filled with information about our activities and items of community interest.
Jan 15 (Wed) Hanakago (Japanese Writing Club) Richmond Annex Senior Center
Jan 16 (Th) Qigong Class Albany Senior Center
Jan 19 (Sun) Book Sale 10566 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA
Jan 25 (Sat) Annual New Year Celebration Luncheon BFUU 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley, CA
Feb 12 (Wed) Hanakago (Japanese Writing Club) Richmond Annex Senior Center
Feb 16 (Sun) Book Sale 10566 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA
Feb 20 (Th) Qigong Class Albany Senior Center
Looking for Japanese books? Himawarikai holds a large used book sale from 11 am to 3 pm on the third Sunday of every month except in April and December at Jay Vee Center in El Cerrito (10566 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530). Donations of used Japanese books (all kinds!), DVDs, and magazines are always welcome! Please bring your donation to the sale before 12 pm. Let us know if you’d like a receipt for your book donation. For more information or to volunteer, contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone can join Himawarikai. There is no initiation fee, just an annual fee of $25, which you will recoup quickly by attending our events**!
To become a member of Himawarikai, fill out and send this form. Please mail a check for $25 made out to Himawarikai/IIBA to: Himawarikai/IIBA, P.O. Box 2408, Berkeley, CA 94702.
**Most of our events are discounted or free to members.**