Tim Asamen

Tim Asamen is the coordinator of the Japanese American Gallery, a permanent exhibit in the Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum. His grandparents, Zentaro and Eda Asamen, emigrated from Kami Ijuin-mura, Kagoshima Prefecture, in 1919 and settled in Westmorland, California, where Tim resides. He joined the Kagoshima Heritage Club in 1994, serving as president (1999-2002) and as the club's newsletter editor (2001-2011).

Updated August 2013

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The 1940 Earthquake

Takanori “Pro” Nimura never forgot the 1927 earthquake because of the auspicious day on which it struck—January 1. In the Nimura family’s small moveable house in rural Calexico, his mother had stayed up all night preparing special New Year’s delicacies (Osechi-ryori), but the kitchen table toppled over during the earthquake and all of the food ended up upside down on the floor! The magnitude 5.8 quake was centered in Mexicali and it killed fifteen people.

Not all Nisei remember the New Year’s earthquake, but the earthquake that is forever etched in the memories of those ...

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Kagoshima Heritage Club

The Kagoshima Heritage Club (KHC) is a sub-organization of the Nanka Kagoshima Kenjinkai (Kagoshima Prefectural Association of Southern California), the oldest Kenjinkai in California founded in 1899. During the early 1980s, the Kenjinkai became aware of its aging and declining membership and worried about its future.

In 1983, then-Kenjinkai president, Takeyuki Miyauchi, asked the members to encourage their children to form an English-speaking club within the prefectural association. As a result, the Kagoshima Junior Club was formed on June 12, 1983, during a meeting held at the Nishi Hongwanji Betsuin in Los Angeles. The Kagoshima Junior Club was seen as ...

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