Kizuna will be hosting an educational and fun-filled summer cultural camp for elementary and middle school students in the Gardena/Torrance area called the Nikkei Discovery Camp.

Offered for three separate weeks from July 22-26, July 29-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-9, the camp provides children with a discovery of their Japanese American culture and heritage. Activities and lessons aim to create positive self-images and identities in the Japanese American heritage that children will value for years to come.

Children will engage in hands-on craft activities and Japanese American cultural lessons. It will be held at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI) from  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enrollment is open to all children ages 7-12 (entering second to entering eighth grade). Campers can sign up for separate individual weeks and registration is $255 per child, per week. Camp activities are led by high school juniors, seniors, and college students serving as camp counselors under adult supervision.

Registration is now open at

For more information, visit the website or contact Paul Matsushima at (213) 973-4465 or

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