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8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter

The profound documentary “Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter” will be streaming globally starting from May 20th at 4 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) until May 29th at 9 PM PDT. Presented by SD-WISH in collaboration with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

“From Father to Daughter” presents an evocative and poignant account of the devastating aftermath of nuclear war. Through deeply personal narratives, this documentary offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of individuals profoundly affected by the tragic events in Hiroshima. By meticulously weaving together their stories, this poignant production not only exposes the unimaginable horrors endured but also highlights the indomitable power of love and forgiveness.

“8:15 Hiroshima” has garnered critical acclaim and recognition for its exceptional storytelling and powerful impact. It was awarded the Audience Award at the Nashville Film Festival and has been officially selected for prestigious film festivals, including the Hiroshima International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Association for Asian Studies Film Expo.


San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
International Business Affairs Forum


March 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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San Diego’s strategic geographic location has been key to making our economy prosper. Connectivity has been critical to our region’s global competitiveness, attracting a total of $15.6 billion of foreign investment in five years due to its top life sciences market, tech scene, presence of distinguished universities and quality of life. To increase our region’s global engagements with international cities, San Diego has established sixteen Sister Cities Societies in which cultural, educational, business, and technical exchanges take place. San Diego’s first Sister City Agreement was signed in 1957 with Yokohomo, Japan and have enjoyed fruitful ties since their affiliation. This has tremendously enriched the cultural life of residents in both cities through numerous exchanges of arts, culture, commerce and education over the decades. As a first step in building a long- term relationship, San Diego International Sister Cities Association has designated Amboseli, Kenya as a “Friendship City” to develop a multilateral cooperation. The Friendship Cities program is a way for the Sister Cities to initiate a ceremonial relationship with foreign municipalities to foster increased cooperation and communication such as the exchange of correspondence between Elected Officials and business leaders regarding areas of mutual interest. Join us on March 9 for a conversation on fostering international ties throughout the San Diego Sister Cities Association by supporting cultural, educational, and economic relationships. Speakers will also share an overview of San Diego’s Sister City relationships with Yokohama, Friendship Cities program with Amboseli, Kenya, and the stories of many other cities that have collaborated with the organization in planning and implementing cooperative activities and exchanges.



Through the International Business Affairs Forums, the Chamber provides business leaders with the essential knowledge and resources needed to thrive within the binational marketplace. Attendees also have the opportunity to build and strengthen new relationships, exchange ideas, and debate policies that are relevant to the Cali-Baja business community. Meetings are held monthly, at the San Diego Regional Chamber office or in Tijuana

Registration is open to Chamber members only. If you are not a Chamber member, please contact Joshua Peters, Membership Benefits Coordinator, at to discuss membership opportunities and attending as a guest.


Date: March 9, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 11:00 am


Contact Details:
Jimena Villaseñor

Phone: 619-544-1316

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SDSU Japan Student Association – Spring Matsuri – April 5th

San Diego State University Japan Student Association

Spring Matsuri

WHEN: April 5 from 4pm to 9pm
WHERE: Student Union Courtyard

Featuring food, games and performances!

For parking information and performance schedule visit the SDSU JSA site here! 

Community Premier & Talk Show
8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter

Community Premier & Talk Show

8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter

Community film premier, based on Akiko Mikamo’s book, about survivor’s message of resiliency and love to the next generations for peace.

WHEN: April 12 (W) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: The UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas – Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive #100
San Diego, CA 92108
TICKET: $12 general admission, $10 students/Mexico residents/JFG & VFP members (to cover a part of the venue cost)
The ticket sale link will be sent in March.
6:30pm Registration & Greetings 
6:50pm-8:30pm The film screening and Talk Show with:
Akiko Mikamo, Executive Producer & Author of “8:15,” president of San Diego-WISH, 2014 recipient of The World Peace Award at House of Lords in UK by the World Peace & Prosperity Foundation
J.R. Heffelfinger, Director of “8:15 Hiroshima”
Nini Le Huynh, Producer of “8:15 Hiroshima,” Actress/Producer (“House of Cards” “Dark of the Night” and many more)
Mike Kawamura, Hiroshima survivor/former president of Kyocera Europe and Kyocera Brazil, Executive Advisor of San Diego-WISH, KPBS Local Hero Award recipient
Dr. Joshua Torres, Professor of International Relations at Autonomous University of Baja California, Vice President of San Diego-WISH

THE FILM: Directed by J.R. Heffelfinger

8:15 Hiroshima | From Father to Daughter” is a 51 minute documentary/narrative hybrid film (directed by J.R. Heffelfinger) based on AkikoMikamo‘s book “8:15 – A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima” (the original title was “Rising from the Ashes” and is also available in Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, and German).

The film won the Audience Award at the 2020 Nashville Film Festival (Oscar qualifying film festival) and was an official selection at the Nashville FF, Association of Asian Studies Film Expo, and Hiroshima International Film Festival.

It illustrates Akiko’s father Shinji’s actual experiences of Hiroshima as a teen at only 3/4 mile from the epicenter of the first atomic bomb explosion over mankind in 1945, and his miraculous survival, love for humanity, and message for world peace, also revealing a shocking event in modern days, discovered in NYC.

Produced in the USA in 2020, Cinescope size, Dolby 5.1ch surround sounds, filmed with a 5K camera in NYC and Hiroshima, in English with Japanese subtitles (reenactments are in Japanese with English subtitles).

More info on the film:  
More info on the book: 
“8:15 – A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima” (by Akiko Mikamo, available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, and Japanese)

CJSCN Fall Workshop in San Diego – Connecting Sister City Youth With Your Community

California-Japan Sister Cities Network

2022 Fall Workshop & Reception

In cooperation with the Consulates General of Japan in San Francisco and in Los Angeles, CJSCN is proud to announce the 2022 Fall Workshop in San Diego. The event will be held on November 19 at the Balboa Recital Hall (2130 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101) and focus on the theme of “Connecting Sister City Youth with Your Community”. The attendees will enjoy a networking session, information sharing, and educational workshops on establishing internship programs for youth with local businesses, especially Japanese-owned businesses. All California-Japan sister cities stakeholders in your communities are encouraged to attend. Please also invite your colleagues and youths who are interested in building a bridge between your two cities through sister city relationships.

An invitation to this event was sent to each sister city organization already; if you think your sister city organization did not receive the invitation, please contact RSVPs are due by November 14.



San Diego Sister Cities: Celebrating 65 Years of Friendship

65 Years of Friendship

San Diego Sister Cities Celebration

The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year and our society, together with Alcalá de Henares (Spain – 40 years), Perth (Australia – 26 years), Edinburgh (Scotland – 45 years) and Tema (Ghana – 46 years) are sponsoring a colorful, tasty, and rhythmic celebration on Saturday, November 19, 2002, at the House of Pacific Relations Lawn Program area at the world famous Balboa Park, from 11:30-3:30.


11:30am - Pablo Ledsma
San Diego-Perth Sister City Society (Australia - since 1986)


11:45am San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society
San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society, (Scotland - since 1977) 


12:15pm Danjiir Dance Group
San Diego-Garowe Friendship City (Somalia - since 2022)


12:30pm David De Alva, Flamenco Fusion Guitar
San Diego-Alcalá de Henares Sister City Society (Spain - since 1982)


1:15pm Panama Mola Pollera Y Tambor
San Diego-Panama City Sister City Association (Panama - since 2015)


1:30pm Akayaa Atule
San Diego-Tema Sister City Society (Ghana - since 1976)


2:15pm Podkovicka and Karicka Czech dancers
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors (Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - since 1992)


2:30pm Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko
Chula Vista-Odawara (Japan - since 1981)


3:00pm BonDance Joy
San Diego-Yokohama (Japan- since 1957)


3:30pm San Diego Korean American Folk Dance Association
San Diego-Jeonju (South Korea - since 1982)

Join us as we celebrate San Diego´s international presence and outreach and our sister cities.

For more information, please contact us at or by phone at 760.444.4164

This event is free and open to the public.

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