Archive | November, 2012

Popcorn in the Land of the Rising Sun

8 Nov

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Japanese American community for over 39 years.  The center strives to meet the evolving needs of the community through its programs, affordable services and facility usage.

In order to help the Japanese American youths develop a deeper understanding and awareness of Japan, its culture, people and history, the JCCCNC offers the Takahashi Fellowship Program to 14-17 year olds. This program requires a 14 month commitment of participating in workshops, team building/leadership development activities, community participation and traveling to Japan.

“During the trip to Japan last summer, our ambassadors visited the Nagata Kodomo Home orphanage, ” said the Deputy Director, Lori Matoba, “The JCCNC along with the Kobe YMCA helped rebuild the orphanage after the earthquake in 1995.  These children cannot be adopted as they either have no parents or relatives or don’t have the means to take care of themselves.”

The Takahashi Fellows immediately knew that they wanted to raise money for the children as soon as they returned home to the US. They researched different fundraising companies and chose Popcorn Palace. Not only did they run a successful fundraiser, they were even able to send some of the popcorn to the kids in Japan!

To learn more about the various programs that are offered through JCCCNC, please visit