April 8, 2023
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda poses with the 2010 Nisei Week Court during pre-game ceremonies celebrating Japanese American Community Night. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated Japanese-American Community Night this week by honoring several members of the Japanese-American community of the area. A ceremony was held on the Dodger Stadium field during pregame events, honoring several individuals including Consul General of Japan Junichi Ihara.

Also honored was Deputy Chief Terry Hara, the highest-ranking Asian-American in the Los Angeles Police Department and immediate past–president of the Nisei Week Foundation.

Hayato Tamura, the President of the Nisei Week Foundation and 2009 Nisei Week Court was also honored.

Japanese-American actress Tamlyn Tomita threw out the ceremonial first pitch and singer Judith Hill performed the National Anthem.

The ceremonies also included a taiko drum performance. Fans who sat in My Town, Japan received Dodgertown, Japan T-shirts and enjoyed an all-you-can-eat menu including teriyaki chicken, steamed jasmine rice and edamame.

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