Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute

Programs and Organizations

The Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute is home to a variety of martial arts and cultural groups and activities dedicated to their respective craft and promoting the Japanese-American community throughout Southern California. Most groups meet regularly at the Center, and anyone who joins one or more of these clubs and organizations are expected to also become members of the PJCI. Membership forms and more information are available by clicking on the ‘Join PJCI’ button above.

Due to the evolving situation and mandates surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, many activities at the PJCI are still on hold or operating at limited capacity. Please contact specific groups for their latest scheduling updates before making any plans.

Mirai Nihongo Gakuin

Operated by the PJCI, the Mirai Nihongo Gakuin Japanese Language Academy offers an engaging language education experience through lessons, programs and activities that celebrate Japanese values and culture.

Pasadena Nikkei Seniors

The Pasadena Nikkei Seniors welcome membership from anyone in the community that would like to participate in a variety of scheduled activities. Luncheons take place monthly and day trips are planned throughout the year.

Miss Pasadena JCI

The Nisei Week Court Program is an experience of a lifetime and participants gain invaluable experience in public speaking, poise, time management, and leadership, as well as receiving exposure to the cultural arts of Japan.

Cultural and Martial Arts groups

Looking to try something new? From kendo to taiko, you’ll find a wide range activities here at the PJCI to stimulate both your body and mind. Please contact these organizations individually for more information and their most updated schedule, as all dates and times are subject to change.

Note that some groups are still not practicing due to Coronavirus restrictions and mandates.
Please be sure to contact any of these groups before attending as schedules are subject change.

Pasadena Kendo Dojo

Tuesdays: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Fridays: 7:00 pm – 9:30pm

Pasadena Naginata Dojo

Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Shotokan Karate

Mondays: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Saturdays: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Pasadena Aikikai

Sundays: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Wednesdays: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Nanka Kyudo Kai

Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Kodama Taiko

Mondays: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Saturdays: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Integrated Martial Arts

Tuesdays: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Fridays: 7:00 pm – 9:30pm

Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Mondays: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Saturdays: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


Tuesdays: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Fridays: 7:00 pm – 9:30pm

Soroban (Japanese Abacus)

Saturdays: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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.