With an eye toward the future of global peace, and a deep passion for contributing to a better world for young educators, the Aurora Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation was established in 1998 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization (ID#31-1639219) by Dr. Akiko Agishi who serves as its President
JLSF SCHOLARSHIPS: The primary goal of the scholarships is to encourage teachers of Japanese language teachers or graduate students of Japanese language education, to experience living in Japan and further their understanding of the Japanese language, improve their teaching abilities, and enrich their appreciation of Japanese culture. All their future students will share in the benefits realized from these scholarships.
AURORA CHALLENGE GRANT: awarded to a US citizen who resides in California and has a unique dream, in any field of endeavor, related to Japanese culture and which would never be realized without traveling to Japan. The award goes to an individual with a creative dream or challenge that if fulfilled, would contribute to global goodwill and intercultural appreciation. By awarding this grant, the Aurora Foundation hopes to help the winner enhance the pursuit of their truest, most heartfelt dream by providing them with the opportunity for a once in a lifetime experience. Through this experience, and by furthering the pursuit of their dream projects, the recipients continue to gain and share a better understanding of Japan.
HIGH SCHOOL SPEECH CONTEST: To encourage the younger generation, the Aurora Foundation holds a speech contest for non-native Japanese speaking high school students in the United States, in association with American Association of Teachers of Japanese and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. The winner is invited to take part in the Oversea Japanese Speech Contest held every summer in Japan.
To date, the Aurora Foundation has bestowed Scholarships and Grants to 80 recipients.
In 2009, the Foundation started “Japanese Culture and Language Program”. It was designed to give an introduction to selected aspects of the Japanese culture and useful language relevant to the culture. Participants were encouraged to explore their own cultural heritage in comparison to the Japanese culture and language.
The Aurora Foundation holds several fundraising events throughout the year. This include the Japanese Film Screening and the Charity Golf Classic in the spring, and the Award Dinner and Benefit Concert in the fall. Net proceeds fund the Aurora Foundation’s scholarship programs and Aurora Endowment Fund. In addition, they have become signature events locally, and the Foundation is proud to be part of the Japanese/American community in Southern California.
It is the Aurora Foundation’s goal that the learning experience attained by the scholarship recipients and the support generated through fundraising events will positively affect the mainstream USA and will enhance goodwill between the USA and Japan.
In celebration of its 23rd year, the Aurora Foundation welcomes jazz pianist Tadataka Unno on Saturday, December 4, 2021, for the “23rd Anniversary Aurora Benefit Concert in L.A. featuring Tadataka Unno.”
Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Tadataka Unno started playing the piano at age 4 and jazz piano at age 9. He began his career as a musician at age 18 and was a standard-bearer for the young generation, performing with many leading musicians such as Yoshio Suzuki, Kimiko Ito, and Masahiko Osaka. But in 2008, in order to further pursue the roots and culture of jazz, Unno moved to New York, where he now resides.
Despite his new beginning from square one in a new world, Unno was welcomed by top musicians like Hank Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Hargrove, and John Pizzarelli as their first-ever regular band member from Japan. In addition to performing on world tours, Unno also plays in his own trio.
About 7:30 pm on September 27, 2020, Unno was viciously and violently attacked in a Manhattan subway station and on ground by a young mob yelling “Chinese” and “Asian,” verbally abusing him. Unno was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, suffering fractures to his right shoulder and right arm as well as bruises on his entire body including the head, critical injuries potentially ending his career as a pianist.
This incident was widely reported in the news, and support poured in from all over the world. Determined not to give in to discrimination or violence, Unno now sees it as his mission to “express through music that negative energy can be converted into positive energy.” He has endured surgery and intense physical therapy, which have allowed him to make a long-awaited comeback to the stage. The Aurora Foundation wishes to share this message of dream, hope, and courage with him.
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The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation Presents the 23rd Anniversary Aurora Benefit Concert in LA featuring Tadataka Unno
″Jazz Pianist Tadataka Unno makes a miraculous return to the Stage＂
Date: December 4, 2021, 2:30 PM
Venue: Aratani Theatre /244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: ＄100（Concert & Post Reception）Reserved Seat
$40、＄20 General Admission
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