GARDENA — Local historian Randy Sakamoto will give a talk on “From Meiji Japan to Sawtelle, California” on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. during a meeting of the Greater L.A. Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League at Merit Park Recreation Hall, 58 Merit Park Dr. (off 158th Street) in Gardena.

Randy Sakamoto

With a slide presentation, Sakamoto will tell the story of his grandfather, Gisuke Sakamoto, who was born in 1879 at the beginning of the Meiji Restoration and came to America to establish a new life. He founded Sawtelle Nihon Gakuin and helped to establish West Los Angeles Community Methodist Church.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Louise at (310) 327-3169 or

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