J-Sei in May

A nonprofit organization

$139,274 raised by 480 donors

100% complete

$100,000 Goal

You can improve the lives of our most cherished community members by making a gift to J-Sei. And during the month of May, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by 6 generous anonymous donors up to $50,000. 

Meet some of the friends of J-Sei:

J-Sei provides healthy home-delivered Japanese meals, in-person and online wellness and cultural programs, case management and friendly visitors for Asian American communities in the East Bay of Northern California. 

Here is how we do it:

Your gift provides warm, delicious and nutritious Japanese meals that get delivered to the homes of over 130 seniors over 190 square miles from central Oakland through El Cerrito, Hayward, San Leandro and San Lorenzo in Northern California. This past year we expanded to include Walnut Creed. This year we delivered over 30,000 meals.

These meals are prepared by J-Sei's own chef, Yuji Ishikata, who shops for the freshest ingredients and makes sure the meals are nutritionally balanced and comforting. These meals are cooked in J-Sei's own kitchen to ensure food safety.

Your gift also makes it possible for J-Sei to continue providing its popular workshops and programs for the J-Sei community. 

Here is the ikebana class working on a special arrangement:


J-Sei offers both online and in-person classes to over 750 class participants each month. With the return of Let's Groove, a hip hop inspired workout for all ages, we now have 10 classes back in-person - 3 of which are hybrid while 13 classes are online.

Some of our class offerings include: 

  • Book Club
  • Japanese (for Japanese speakers)
  • Tai Chi 
  • Japanese Cooking
  • Origami
  • Yoga 
  • Family Caregiver 
  • Ukulele 
  • Writing 
  • Qi Gong 
  • Mah Jong

Visiting a local art exhibit at Ruth's Table in San Francisco - working with Aiko Lanier Cueno, Ruth Asawa's daughter.

We recently hosted Sansei writer and peach farmer David Mas Masumoto and Yonsei artist and historian Patricia Wakida in their Bay Area debut of Secret Harvests. We had 80 people in attendance for the talk and gallery visit. The linoleum block print illustrations will remain on view at J-Sei for 6 weeks. A community Japanese Children's Day display will be added for the month of May.

Patricia Wakida, Mas Masumoto, and Wendy Tokuda

We are exploring new ways to connect seniors with the J-Sei community through technology. Senior Digits provides a way to explore how seniors are using technology and to develop more avenues to engage at J-Sei. 

J-Sei At the Movies will continue to view different genres of Japanese films and cultivate lively discussion. This past year, we had the rare opportunity to hear from Asian American television writers, cinematographers, and documentary filmmakers. 

See how community members engage with J-Sei programs:

Case Management is another crucial component to J-Sei's work. J-Sei's case managers assess senior needs and coordinate resources and care. A team of 6 staff and 14 volunteers are in regular contact with seniors to make sure no one gets too lonely and receives the services they need.

J-Sei also manages J-Sei home, a senior living facility in Hayward. This 14-bed home is a haven for families who cannot house their own elders. 

For more on how J-Sei came to be over its 50 year history:

Thank you so much for your support!

Japanese : Korean : Pacific Islander : Chinese : Filipino : Hawaiian

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Organization name

J-Sei in May

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Arts & Culture, Elderly Assistance, Food Security, Health & Well Being

Populations Served

Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese


1285 66th St
Emeryville, CA 94608