My SGV Podcast
My SGV Podcast
Feb 17, 2021
Bryan Takeda - Gathering and preserving history
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Bryan Takeda is President of Affinity Associates, a program management and consulting business located in Monrovia, CA. He is also a partner of creatively, a creative design, promotions and marketing services business with offices in Washington DC and Monrovia, CA.

Bryan is extremely active in the Japanese American community as is evidenced by his extensive list of programs and organizations. He also worked as the first Program Director for the US-Japan Council, under Irene Hirano Inouye from 2009 to 2012 and is most proud of their efforts in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster in March 2011. His most recent project is Kansha Pasadena, which strives to honor, preserve, and share the unique history and culture of Japanese Americans in the Greater Pasadena area by researching and documenting family histories, personal stories, cultural sites and historic buildings. (Kansha means Gratitude in Japanese.)

Bryan holds the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) in Kendo and was a member of the U.S. Kendo Team at the 1976 World Kendo Championships in London, England. Bryan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA. Bryan and his wife Jeri have two adult daughters, Lauren and Courtney.

Facebook group: kanshapasadena




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