This was the second event of the Japan and Black L.A. Initiative, which grew out of conversations between the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and pastors of predominantly Black churches of the UMC West District in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Through the hands-on experience of making origami creations together virtually, the participants of the workshop deepened cultural and mutual understanding, enhancing the ties between the Japanese and Black communities.
One participant remarked: “I think it is so important to narrow the divide between people in our communities. It’s really time to come together. These workshops are a great start to that effort.”
The Japan & Black L.A. Initiative aims to work with children, youth, and adults in the Los Angeles community – a city that represents the diversity of the United States – to share aspects of Japanese and African American culture that will broaden mutual understanding as global citizens.