The Japanese American Association of New York to Host Virtual Gala

JAA 114th Anniversary Virtual Gala

Friday, December 3 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Live Stream on YouTube

Individual Tickets: $250

The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. continued to have a challenging year. However, they held hybrid programs and re-opened their doors in May. During 2021 the 114-year-old nonprofit organization helped members navigate the COVID vaccine registration process and deal with mental health and safety concerns as anti-Asian crime increased. In the fall, they hosted their annual art show and charity golf tournament in person.

For the second year in a row, JAA will present its annual gala virtually. In keeping with the theme of overcoming the ongoing pandemic and moving forward, they will honor leaders whose respective industries have suffered since March 2020.


All Nippon Airways (ANA) for not only surviving a most distressing year in the travel industry but also for continuing to provide generous support to organizations such as JAA during this difficult period.

Mr. Shuji Bon Yagi, President of T.I.C. Restaurant Group, for starting the Japanese Restaurant Association of NY to bring members of the Japanese restaurant industry together to overcome the economic challenges caused by COVID.

Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi of the NYPD for becoming the first and highest ranking Japanese American to head a precinct in the New York Police Department during a year in which the rise in anti-Asian crime reached record levels.

Guests Artists

Soh Daiko
JAA Chorus

How to Watch the Gala

Attendees can view the virtual gala on JAA’s YouTube channel. Individual tickets are listed at $250, but any amount is appreciated. To make a donation, please click this link.

About JAA

Since 1907, JAANY has been the heart of the Japanese community. We serve our community through bilingual social services, educational programs, and community outreach. With a strong sense of diversity, we have always been a collaborative forum, celebrating and sharing our Japanese culture and heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Disclosure: The author is a member of The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. and serves as a Vice President on its Board of Directors.