Mission & History

The Southeast Japanese School & Community Center was founded in 1925 as a cultural institute to promote the Japanese language and culture. The Center, originally known as Norwalk Gakuen, began as a Japanese language school and was renamed Southeast Gakuen in 1962. Presently, we offer a variety of Japanese cultural classes and activities for all ages. We are a non-profit organization and all of our activities are open to anyone regardless of race or religion. Membership dues are required for participation in the classes.

For information on any of the classes or activities, please contact SEJSCC at (562) 863-5996 or e-mail us at: gakuen@sejscc.org


Linda Kusuda
Tye Masaki
Kimie Matsumoto
Fred Matsumoto
Carrie Nakatani
Ernie Nishii
Masa Lau
Richard Shinomoto
Colleen Sonoda
Miki Suzuki

Karrie Takeushi
Tosh Teramoto
Dean Wada
Bob Yamada
Ted Yoshimura

If you wish to contact any of the Board Members, please call the Center @ (562)-863-5996 and leave a message.

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14615 Gridley Rd., Norwalk, CA 90650



SEJSCC Mission statement: To preserve and share our Japanese heritage and its traditions with the community through cultural, educational and social activities.

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