Kisaragi-kai was founded in February 1976 by a small group of people
from Tokyo who could not form a kenjin-kai because Tokyo was not a
ken (prefecture). Kisaragi means the 2nd month of the lunar calendar.
So, the organization was named Kisaragi-kai after the name of the
month it was founded.
Kisaragi-kai is a well-structured organization with its officers elected
every two years as stated in the regulations of the club.
It now has about 100 members--women from post-war Japan with various
backgrounds from all walks of life. Kisaragi-kai seeks to establish
and maintain friendship and harmony among the members. It is also
interested in promoting Japanese culture in this society of diversity
to help bring about understanding among the peoples of different cultures.
Kisaragi-kai conducts monthly meetings at Fujimi-so, and participates
in many events in the Nikkei Community. Monthly meetings are generally
held for the benefit of its members, and activities include cooking
classes, lectures, picnics, a Christmas party, and anniversary parties.
The members also actively take part in community service events like
the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, Hina Matsuri and Father's Day
entertainment at Keiro, Nikkei Manor resident's birthday parties and
bingo games, and Aki Matsuri.
Furthermore, the members support one another in their effort to maintain
their well-being. When a member is ill or in distress for any reason,
she can be certain that others will be there to offer her help and
comfort. Kisaragi kai's members are each other's family - family left
behind in Japan. New members are always welcome.