2013 / George Aratani’s memorial service set for March 2 at 2 pm in Little Tokyo

20130219 Gorge Aratani Nisei Week Foundation

Late George Aratani (Nisei Week Foundation)

A memorial service for George Aratani is set for Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, according to Los Angeles Times.

The Aratani Theatre is located at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Mr. Aratani had lived at the Keiro nursing facility in Lincoln Heights since last summer. He died Feb 19 at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center of complications of pneumonia.


George Aratani, philanthropist and successful business leader, passed away on Feb. 19, according to Facebook’s post of Nisei Week Foundation. He was 95 years old.

Aratani successfully launched post-World War II international trade enterprises. His first was Mikasa, a tableware company which was doing $400 million in annual sales when it was sold in 2000.

Influenced by his late father and motivated by the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Aratani and his wife Sakaye have donated a sizable amount of their wealth to Japanese American organizations and causes.

Books about George Aratani
Hirahara, Naomi. An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood. Los Angeles, CA: Japanese American National Museum, 2001.

Hirahara, Naomi, and Shelley Kwan, eds. Fifty Years, 50 Stories: Celebrate All Things Keiro. Los Angeles, CA: Keiro Senior HealthCare, 2010.