President's Greeting


Akiko Agishi

  Founder and


On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation, my sincere welcome to all those gathered here to celebrate the Aurora Foundation's 24th Anniversary.

After two years of having to cancel the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest and the LIVE Concert due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.


Over the past 23 years, our Aurora Scholarship Awards and Grants have reached 80 recipients in the USA, and last year we are very proud to honor our 2021 Awardee Mikhail Roshan Tupaz from Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA, as the winner of the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest. Mikhail Roshan Tupaz and 8 Contestants are our Aurora Ambassadors of great possibilities!! We warmly welcome them to join our foundation as valuable members of the Aurora Family. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all these excellent scholars.


Since our auspicious first year, we've had the honor and pleasure of hosting renowned artists. 2021, we are very grateful and proud to introduce Tadataka Unno, Jazz pianist, Hassan A. Shakur, Bassist and Chuck Redd, Drummer. Determined not to give in to discrimination of violence, Unno-san now sees it as his mission to "express through music that negative energy can be converted into positive energy." He has endured surgery and intense physical therapy, which have allowed him to make a long-awaited comeback to the stage.


Aurora Foundation wishes to share this message of dream, hope, and courage with him. We sincerely believe that their one-of-a-kind performance here in LA today, their generous contribution in support of the Aurora Foundation's mission, will enrich the lives of our Southern California community. Please enjoy the Aurora Benefit Concert in LA as well as the Tadataka Unno Trio.


My heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has given of their time and effort to help the Aurora Foundation grow. Your warm, continuous support and advocacy endow us with encouragements, with inspiration, and with the determination to persevere in our efforts.