Sake Talks


March 16, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Power of Resilience
Guest speaker - Mike Kawamura


Mr. Kawamura is a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Although he was only two years old when the bomb dropped, he remembers vividly the bright red color of the sky that was left in its wake. Having grown up in post-war Japan and observing the perseverance of his hometown and its subsequent prosperity, Mr. Kawamura was inspired to spread peace and understanding among people and nations. As a result, he has been heavily involved in community organizations. Mr. Kawamura holds an M.S. in Chemistry from Doshisha University. He joined Kyocera Corporation in 1969 and became known as one of the “Five Samurais”, a group of five pioneers who established Kyocera’s North American manufacturing operations in San Diego. Prior to retiring in 2012, Mr. Kawamura held many executive positions within Kyocera, including President of Kyocera Europe, President of Kyocera Brazil, and General Manager of Education and Planning at Kyocera International, Inc. In his talk he will discuss how his experience as an atomic bomb survivor inspired his dedication to world peace and his participation in the planting of Hiroshima "Peace Trees" and the San Diego WISH organization.