MN Nihonjinkai is a group for Japanese, Japanese-Americans and anyone who wants to enjoy and support the elderly Japanese community in Minnesota. MN Nihonjinkai was started many years ago by Yoko Breckenridge to provide friendship and fellowship for people of Japanese descent living in Minnesota. Many of the original members came to America as “war brides” who had married American soldiers during America’s occupation of Japan from 1945-1952. Some of these people, including Yoko, are still proud members today. Over the years, Nihonjinkai has expanded to embrace both people of Japanese heritage and those who want to volunteer to support the welfare of Japanese elders in Minnesota. This remains a Japanese-speaking group, but we have a number of English speaking volunteers who love Japanese culture and want to help. Nihonjinkai does not collect dues. We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at noon for a pot luck style Japanese lunch, discuss activities, engage in conversations with old and new friends, and generally just have a good time!

It is free to join, but those who are able are requested to help out by caring for the members of the group, volunteering at our two yearly events, (Garage Sale at the end of June and Obon Festival in mid-August), and taking care of the Japanese Library, the building where we meet.  The private Japanese Library is located at 4231 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis and is open to anyone interested in Japanese books, movies, and music CDs.

Please visit us on FACEBOOK: