Japanese Garden with Koi
About Us

Our Mission

  • To actively participate in and to generously give back to the local Asian communities
  • To network and support one another in the business community
  • To encourage, coach and mentor youth
  • To celebrate our Asian heritage and culture

2014 Officers

  • President - Julie Hubbard
  • Vice President - Cynthia Sasaki
  • Advisor - Chris Noma
  • Treasurer - Sally Takemoto
  • Secretary - Carol Eejima
  • Co-Historians - Irene Okimoto and Ruth Shikada
  • Web Liaison - Sally Takemoto
  • Boutique Co-Chairs - Marsha Baird & Phyllis Osaki

Pictured at right (left to right): Chris Noma, Sally Takemoto, Cynthia Sasaki, Julie Hubbard, Irene Okimoto and Carol Eejima.
Not pictured: Ruth Shikada.

Directors

(including date of becoming a Director)

  • Marsha (Takahashi) Baird - Owner/HR Consultant, Baird & Associates (1996)
  • Carol W. Eejima - President, Meglaur, Inc. , DBA: Eejima & Associates (2009)
  • Connie Decena (2002)
  • Roberta Sueda Hayashi - Attorney, Head of Employment Law Practice, Berliner Cohen (1999)
  • Julie Hubbard - Activities Coordinator, Yu Ai Kai, (2007)
  • Aggie Idemoto - President, Japanese American Museum of San Jose (2006)
  • Joyce Iwasaki (1996)
  • JoAnn Kato - Supply Chain Manager, Novellus Systems (1997)
  • Linda Kato - VP Human Resources, Actuate Corporation (1996)
  • Reiko Kawano, Director of Employment, O'Connor Hospital (2001)
  • Janice Miyatake - SVP, Relationship Manager, Heritage Bank of Commerce (1996)
  • Maureen Mukai - Director, US Tax Operations, Juniper Networks, Inc. (1997)
  • Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW - Executive Director, West Valley Community Services, Inc. (2007)
  • Christine K. Noma - Law Partner, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP (2008)
  • Phyllis Y. Osaki - President & CEO, GS Management Company (1997)
  • Irene Okimoto - Owner, Together We Grow (2009)
  • Cynthia Sasaki - Jewelry Designer, Cynthia Sasaki Designs (2009)
  • June Sakamoto - Wholesale Paper Distributor, Mountain Valley Paper Co., Inc. (2009)
  • Ruth Shikada - Asset Development Manager, County of Santa Clara (2011)
  • Machiko Shiozaki - Owner, Kimura Gallery (2003)
  • Sally Takemoto - VP, Human Resources, Sikka Software (1996-2004; re-joined 2009)
  • Vicki Takeuchi Wynne - President, Wynne and Associates; Certified Esalen® Massage Practitioner; Certified Speaking Circles® Facilitator (2004)
  • Pam Yoshida - Designer/Project Manager, MBA Architects; Co-Owner of Nikkei Traditions-San Jose Japantown (2008)

Boutique Committee

  • Co-Chairpersons - Phyllis Osaki & Marsha Baird
  • Donation Drawing - JoAnn Kato
  • Entertainment - Julie Hubbard & Pam Yoshida
  • Finance - Sally Takemoto
  • Food - Reiko Kawano
  • Marketing - Phyllis Osaki, Ruth Shikada & Sally Takemoto
  • Manpower - Linda Kato
  • Non-Profit Recipients - Roberta Hayashi
  • Parking - Chris Noma
  • Publicity - Pam Yoshida
  • Sponsorships - Carol Eejima

Community

  • Commitment to the national Japanese American community via involvement in various community functions, historical events and national conferences
  • Hosted the fun-filled and very successful 2005 Paradise Royale Casino fundraiser
  • Established a highly successful annual Midori Kai Asian Arts & Crafts Boutique, proceeds of which are donated to local non-profit organizations selected on a bi-annual basis.

Midori Kai Crafts, Cooking, Creations

Midori Kai Directors have learned and participated in the following:

  • Japanese cooking including sushi
  • Knitting, Needlepoint and Beading
  • Ikebana and Bunko
  • Holiday topiaries and Christmas wreaths
  • Gift Bags and Greeting Cards
  • Taiko Drum Lessons