About Us

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.

2020 Calendar

Qigong class will be held by Zoom every Thursday through August. 
Hanakago will be held by Zoom until further notice.
No book sale in July and August.


Aug 6   (Th)       Qigong Class by Zoom.
                      Please contact Sango at sango35@gmail.com or 510-435-4017 to participate.
Aug 12 (W)        Hanakago by Zoom.
                      Please see events page for more information.
Aug 13 (Th)       Qigong Class by Zoom.
                      Please contact Sango at sango35@gmail.com or 510-435-4017 to participate.
Aug 20  (Th)      Qigong Class by Zoom.
                      Please contact Sango at sango35@gmail.com or 510-435-4017 to participate.
Aug 27  (Th)      Qigong Class by Zoom.
                      Please contact Sango at sango35@gmail.com or 510-435-4017 to participate.
Sept 3  (Th)       Qigong Class by Zoom.
                      Please contact Sango at sango35@gmail.com or 510-435-4017 to participate.

 

Book Sale

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 mail@himawarikai.org.

 

Join!

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.**

Himawarikai is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization.