Shotaro  Hayashigatani
Shotaro Hayashigatani

May 5, 1934 - February 26, 2017
Resided in Sacramento, CA
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Emeritus Professor Shotaro Hayashigatani

Professor Hayashigatani was born on May 5, 1934 in Oku Kubotani Village, near Obama City, Japan. He was the youngest of 9 children, born to a poor farmer and woodcutter. Due to his diligence in studying, he was the first family member to attend high school. He graduated from Wakasa Senior High School, and then went on to study at Kansai University Law School. He married in 1963 and left Japan soon after to further his studies at UC Berkeley, with his wife and 6 month old son joining him in America a year later.

In 1969, he became a faculty member for the new Ethnic Studies Center at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and received an outstanding Teaching Award in 1994. He was respected as a successful program builder and cultural ambassador who bridged the gaps of understanding between the U.S. and Japan. For these efforts, he received an award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Japanese government. In May 2009, he received the Asian Pacific American Community Local Hero Award by KVIE-TV and Union Bank.

In addition to teaching Japanese and Ethnic Studies, he was passionate about the Port of Sacramento Japanese School, which he established in 1978. His volunteer service for this school helped make it one of the best in the country. Today, over 150 students, ranging from Kindergarten through grade 12, are enrolled. He continued to oversee the Port of Sacramento Japanese School, even after retiring from CSUS, and surviving stomach cancer.

His life's work was recognized when he received the prestigious 'Imperial Order of the Sacred Treasure", awarded by the Japanese government.

As he was well respected in his community, he was also loved and honored by his family. He is survived by his dedicated wife, Hiroko Hayashigatani; his sons, Hiro Hayashigatani (wife Vida, children Lindsay and Katie) and Shujiro Hayashigatani (wife Vickie, twin girls Erika and Marika), and his daughter Eiri Inenaga (husband Andrew, children Jimmy and Aijo).




East Lawn Mortuary Chapel
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA 95841
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:00 PM
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