Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute


The mission of the PJCI is to educate and serve the community in Japanese and Japanese American cultural traditions and values through the instruction of Japanese language, martial arts, performing and cultural arts, and literature. The institute also provides culturally sensitive social and health services to community members.

Contact Us

Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute
595 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 202 Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: (626) 449-5487

PJCI Board of Directors

Made up entirely of volunteers, the PJCI Board is responsible for the facilities and grounds, as well as the activities and events held at the Center. Most board members represent the various organizations and groups that call the PJCI their home, and they are elected annually by the general membership for two-year terms. Please feel free to share any questions, concerns or comments regarding the PJCI community by contacting your group’s representative, or e-mail us at

Emily Cook (Naginata), President
James Yamasaki (Kendo), Vice-President
June Chin (Member at Large), Treasurer
Sam Crawford (Kendo), Recording Secretary

Alex Biasin (Kodama Taiko)
Ron Dyo (Pasadena Nikkei Seniors)
Hideki Masuda (Kyudo)
Fumie Noda (Mirai Nihongo Gakuin)
Mark Sugiyama (Karate)
Katrina Thomas (Aikido)

2022 Nisei Week Princess
Lorie Hatsuko Meza
13th Miss Pasadena JCI

Lorie is 23 years old and graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. She is a paralega for a civil litigation law firm. Lorie loves all things Star Wars and Marvel. You can find her on the weekends dressed up as a princess or superhero volunteering at events for underprivileged or ill children. The platform she is supporting this year is Okaeri.