2013 / Japanese American ensemble to present “Home for the Holidays” show, Dec. 07

Grateful Crane Home for Holidays“Home for the Holidays,” a holiday show featuring favorite songs of the season and a fond look back at Japanese American family gatherings, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 pm at the St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (formerly known as Maryknoll) in downtown Los Angeles.

Presented by the Grateful Crane Ensemble, this year’s show takes place in the living room of “Uncle Jack,” an elderly Nisei who is invited to Christmas dinner by his favorite niece, but turns it down due to him being too old and it being too cold to go out. Rather than being all alone at Christmas, Uncle Jack’s niece decides to gather up her cousins and bring Christmas dinner to him.   

Performers include long-time Grateful Crane regulars Keiko Kawashima, Kurt Kuniyoshi, Haruye Ioka, Jason Fong, Helen H. Ota and Michael C. Palma and 2011 Nisei Week Queen Erika Mariko Olsen.  Grateful Crane musical director Scott Nagatani will accompany the group on piano. Soji Kashiwagi is Executive Producer / Writer of Grateful Crane.

The St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center is located at 222 South Hewitt Street near Little Tokyo.  Tickets for “Home for the Holidays” are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and groups of ten or more. Five and under are free. To make a reservation, call the Grateful Crane ticket line at (310) 995-5841.    


During the party, Christmas carols are sung, stories are told, Uncle Jack reprises his role as Santa and various cousins reminisce about their favorite Christmas memories, dating back to their childhoods during the 60’s and 70’s. One of them remembers sitting at the “kid’s table:”