Yumiko Hojo’s Lifetime Gifts: Gathas, Choirs — and Music

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

March 1, 2021, marked the 100th birthday of Yumiko Hojo, one of the three dynamic women of the BCA Music Committee in the pre- and post-World War II years.

Yumi Hojo, Jane Imamura, and Chizu Iwanaga composed many of the gathas of that era, along with Kimi Hisatsune, who often provided the lyrics.

The centennial birthday was celebrated with Yumi’s family: son and daughter-in-law, Tetsu and Gail Hojo; granddaughter and husband, Samantha Hojo and Dr. BJ Palmer; and great-granddaughter, Mieko Palmer.

Because of the pandemic restrictions, the birthday was a private affair at Sakura Gardens Villa where Yumi resides in Campbell in the San Jose area. It marked the first time the family met in person in more than a year.