CELEBRATIONS: George Kikuta’s 80th Birthday

George Kikuta recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a party with family and friends at the Riviera Country Club on May 26. George and his wife, Keiko, wore kimono with gold trim. Gold is the traditional color for the 80th birthday or sanju. He was born on March 3, 1942, in Los Angeles and was…

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