Mrs. Bishop joined the SDYSC and became board president in 2002. Through her steady leadership, the SDYSCS enjoyed growing impact and stability as an organization and community presence. She was especially skilled with connecting with civic leaders at all levels and securing funds from numerous individual and institutional donors, which secured the long-term viability and growing influence of the SDYSCS. Through her language and cultural connections with both Japan and the U.S., she facilitated multiple cultural and educational exchanges. In 2011, she helped donate $10,000 to Yokohama to pass on to victims of the Tohoku earthquake victims. That same year, she oversaw the SDYSCS scholarship that sent two Yokohama students from Kanazawa High School and two San Diegan students from High Tech High School on a mutual homestay exchange. In 2012, Mrs. Bishop helped arrange the planting of 100 cherry blossom trees from the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles and “Girl With Red Shoes” statue in the scenic Friendship Bell venue on Shelter Island. This event was in commemoration of the centennial of U.S.-Japan friendship and the cherry blossoms donated to Washington D.C. in 1912. Mrs. Bishop retired from her duties as SDYSCS President in 2013. She is survived by her Husband Harry, her daughter Lisa and son Gregory, both of Los Angeles, and her sister Ayako Kito, of Nagoya.

The Society is eternally grateful for Mrs. Bishop’s tireless service to the community. Her memory lives vibrantly in the numerous artworks that adorn Yokohama and San Diego’s public spaces and the people who were personally impacted from the various exchanges over the six decades of San Diego-Yokohama friendship. Another lasting legacy of Mrs. Bishop along with the first board members of the Japanese Friendship Garden, is the community-supported garden that has become a cultural center that it’s visionaries always desired it to be. Mrs. Bishop will be deeply missed, but we will strive to uphold and emulate her commitment to friendship between common citizens and building a better society.

What We Believe

Our Mission is to Help People

Who We are

Our History

What We Do

Our Mission

We Exist to Connect People to Jesus and Each Other

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Our Congregation Attracts More People to Jesus

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Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Omotesenke Domonkai of Southern California

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to one of the following organizations in the name of Kaneko Bishop

Omotesenke Domonkai of Southern California
c/o Sachiko Okazoe
6792 Gas Light Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92647