Scenes from a previous clean-up at the Japanese Cemetery.

COLMA — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California is organizing a youth and family community Clean-Up Day at the Japanese Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Oftentimes we find ourselves too busy in our daily lives to honor our past and remember those who have passed on,” event organizers said. “The Japanese Cemetery in Colma is a unique cultural treasure that deserves our attention, our respect, OUR TIME.

“The place represents our history, our loved ones, friends and family. For many of us, it’s the place where our grandparents, great-grandparents, parents, family and friends are laid to rest. For all of us, the loved ones that rest there represent our history.”

During the lunch break, a brief overview of the history of the cemetery, which was established in 1901, will be given. (Colma is also home to Catholic, Jewish, Italian, Serbian, Greek, Chinese and nondominational cemeteries).

The Japanese Cemetery is located at 1300 Hillside Blvd. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP as a light lunch will be served. Call (415) 567-5505 for more information and to RSVP.