The Terminal Islanders announced that their 2013 New Year’s luncheon will start at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2013 at the San Pedro Elks Lodge 1748 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro, the same location as last year.

A bronze statue of two fishermen pulling in their nets highlights the contributions of the Terminal Island Japanese Americans to the local fishing industry. (Preserving California’s Japantowns)

From this point on the hillside of San Pedro, members can see Terminal Island, their “furusato” or “home sweet home.” This time,a “sit-down” meal will be served to make it easier for everyone. Guests are asked to arrive early for a social hour prior to the luncheon.

The donation for this event is $40 per person, and choices of entrée are: soy rosemary chicken served with roasted potatoes and citrus sauce; seared ahi tuna with steamed rice, boa and wasabi caviar; or slow oven-roasted prime rib with mashed potatoes and horseradish. A tossed green salad, fresh baked rolls with butter, coffee or iced tea with accompany each meal.

Gift baskets will be raffled off and there will be a drawing for door prizes.

For the Nisei and their children, it will be fun to see old friends again, and for others, to make new friends. Those who have not been to the New Year’s luncheon for some time should plan to come again. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can see where Terminal Island is. To aid those who are not acquainted with Terminal Island, there will be an exhibit of old photos, a map of the Fish Harbor area, and  a video.

After the luncheon, those who are interested can travel to Terminal Island and see the monument that the Terminal Islanders built 10 years ago to memorialize the place they once called home.

The chair and master of ceremonies will be Ken Nakagawa, who has been working hard with his committee to make it a fun event. It has become the age of the Sansei, as many of the Nisei have passed away or have become infirm. The Nisei want the younger generation to continue the traditions and keep the memory of their home on the island, before it was all taken away.

Send in reservation and check by Jan. 9 to one of the following persons: Diane Yamashita, 8912 Aqueduct Ave., North Hills, CA 91343, (818) 810-5195; May Nishiyama, 18444 Ashley Ave., Torrance, CA 90504, (310) 370-0166. Include the names of the attendees, their choice of entrée, and a telephone number where they can be reached.

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