Grateful Crane founded with first performance for Nikkei seniors at the Keiro Retirement Home in Los Angeles, CA. Founding members include Scott Nagatani, Soji Kashiwagi and Keiko Kawashima.
“The Camp Dance: The Music & The Memories” premieres at the Venice Japanese American Community Center.
“Camp Dance” performed at the Manzanar Historic Site, featuring the return of Mary Kageyama Nomura, aka “The Songbird of Manzanar” to the same auditorium stage she performed on as a 16-year-old teenager.
“Camp Dance” tour of California including sold-out shows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno, Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco, Watsonville and San Jose. Outside of California, “Camp Dance” was also performed in Phoenix, AZ, Klamath Falls, OR, Twin Falls, ID, Seattle, WA and Denver, CO. A shorter version of the show was also performed in Washington, D.C.
“Nihonmachi: The Place to Be” premieres at 100th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Japantown at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California.
“Nihonmachi” show goes on the road to Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, Sacramento, San Jose and Salt Lake City, UT.
A series of Grateful Crane shows—“Camp Dance,” “The Betrayed” and “Natsukashi no Kouhaku Uta Gassen” is performed at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum auditorium.
“Momotaro and other Wondrous Stories,” debuts, featuring the telling of Japanese children’s stories, “Momotaro: The Peach Boy,” “The Tortoise & The Hare,” “The Monkey & The Crab” and “Tanabata.”
Grateful Crane celebrates its 10th Anniversary at its annual fundraising dinner held at Nishi Hongwanji in Los Angeles.
The “Grateful Crane Youth Singers,” made up of four young Nikkei women from Southern California, debut.
Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California recognizes Grateful Crane with its Senator Daniel Inouye Leadership Award.
Nisei Week Foundation recognizes Grateful Crane with its Community Service Award at its annual awards dinner.
Debut of “Nisei Serenade,” our show featuring the Grateful Crane Youth Singers portraying Nisei singers and the songs they sang in camp.
Grateful Crane’s first Goodwill Tour for tsunami survivors in Tohoku and atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima, Japan.
Debut of “Misora Hibari: A Tribute to a Legend” at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance.
“The J-Town Jazz Club,” Grateful Crane’s show about when Little Tokyo became known as “Bronzeville” during WWII, was performed at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo.
Grateful Crane and Chef John Nishio present “Far East Feasts” as mini fundraising dinners for Grateful Crane.
“Nihonmachi” is performed in Portland, Oregon in front of over 800 people in one day, including 400 local high school, middle and elementary school students at a special matinee performance.
Grateful Crane celebrates its 15th Anniversary at its annual fundraising dinner held at Nishi Hongwanji in Los Angeles.
Second Goodwill Tour to Tohoku, Japan, with performances in Fukushima, Minamisanriku, Ishinomaki and Kesennuma.
The Grateful 4, Grateful Crane’s Yonsei Acapella group, debuts at the “Growing up Sansei” events at Nishi Hongwanji and the Orange County Buddhist Church.
Aquarium of the Pacific recognizes Grateful Crane with its Heritage Award.
“Growing up Sansei” (GUS) events debut, featuring a play reading of Soji Kashiwagi’s “Garage Door Opener” followed by a community discussion about JA family dysfunction with Dr. Satsuki Ina. GUS events held in San Fernando, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Sacramento, Oxnard, San Jose, San Francisco and San Diego.
Grateful Crane performs “Camp Dance” on a national stage at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Afterwards, Grateful Crane is featured in an NBC Asian America article which was viewed by people across the country and around the world.
The Grateful 4 and Friends Variety Show debuts at the Orange County Buddhist Church featuring Grateful 4 members Michael Murata, Aimee Machida Angeles, Lisa Horikawa and Emily Yoshihara.
The Grateful 4 Acapella Singers received a rousing ovation for its high energy rendition of our National Anthem before 19,000 fans at the Los Angeles Clippers Japanese Community night at Staples Center. Grateful 4 singers included Michael Murata, Aimee Machida, Lisa Horikawa and Emily Yoshihara.
Grateful Crane’s musical director Scott Nagatani was honored with the Asia America Symphony Association’s Bravo Award for his many years of musical excellence and service to the community.
“Growing up Sansei” was performed before 400 “pilgrims” from across the country at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage held at Klamath Falls, OR. Afterwards, the pilgrimage chair called our performance, “the highlight of the pilgrimage.”
Seventeen members and guests traveled to Tohoku, Japan for Grateful Crane’s third goodwill tour. Tour stops included public housing facilities and schools in Fukushima-ken, a nursing home and day care center in Miyagi-ken, a joint concert with students from Ofunato Junior High and a performance for children and youth at an Ofunato children’s home.
For the first time, Grateful Crane introduced “Memories Concerts” for Nikkei seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Thanks to a grant from the JA Community Foundation, Grateful Crane’s Keiko Kawashima and Scott Nagatani performed nostalgic Japanese and American songs for seniors at Nikkei nursing homes. More than just entertainment, Grateful Crane learned that its songs and music can enhance memory, improve the quality of life and reduce loneliness and isolation among seniors living with memory issues.
In Oxnard, Orange County and Gardena, Grateful Crane performed first-time “Concerts for Caregivers,” thanks to a grant from Keiro. Entitled “Back in the Day,” the three concerts gave Sansei caregivers a much-needed break from caregiving, and allowed them to relive good memories from their youth with songs like “My Girl” and “Summer Sun.” “Back in the Day” band members included Scott Nagatani, Hiro Morozumi, Danny Yamamoto along with vocalists Keiko Kawashima, Brian Yamamoto, Kurt Kuniyoshi and Helen Ota.