Our Purpose

How can we create a new educational experience that vitalizes people by equipping them with more imagination rather than burdening them with more knowledge? How can we design it to be more empathic and flexible to the needs?

Our purpose is not to challenge or to revolutionize the current system, but to empower people to become more enhanced for the current world needs. In the world that faces more uncertainties than ever, individuals predictably encounter the internal challenges regarding, for example, confidence and self-actualization, as well as the external challenges regarding, for example, school and career.

The name of our organization “TOKIHA” comes from a Japanese word “Tokihanatsu 解き放つ” meaning to unleash, free, or liberate. What constrains each person is different and personal to the individual; however, the feeling of being freed from those rigidities is universal. TOKIHA creates the space where we can share this feeling and build together the experimental ways that the individuals’ challenges can be addressed.


Our Vision

 
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In the multiplicity of the changing world, we recognize that the desire for liberation can be found universally among all cultures and groups. This desire can even carry beyond summer camps.

For now, we are starting small. We are focusing on Japan and its cultural and societal framework. We are working, as digital nomads in Berkeley and Japan, with the Japanese local high school students and the current environment that surrounds them. With two camps in place, we are planning to expand to a few more locations while sustaining the quality of the program.

Team

 Taku founded TOKIHA with the vision of creating a new platform for education based on “liberation of the mind.” Being Japanese yet raised in So Cal, he has always lived close to the sea. He pursues a Mathematics degree at UC Berkeley where he first conceived of the project.

Taku founded TOKIHA with the vision of creating a new platform for education based on “liberation of the mind.” Being Japanese yet raised in So Cal, he has always lived close to the sea. He pursues a Mathematics degree at UC Berkeley where he first conceived of the project.

Taku Takanami

Founder, President

 Momo is the Camp Director for TOKIHA and finds it to be one really fun way of fulfilling her purpose to serve communities. She studies Psychology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and plans to work in a hospital soon. Currently, Momo teaches English and math to immigrants and refugees at Oakland International High School.

Momo is the Camp Director for TOKIHA and finds it to be one really fun way of fulfilling her purpose to serve communities. She studies Psychology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and plans to work in a hospital soon. Currently, Momo teaches English and math to immigrants and refugees at Oakland International High School.

Monique Gomes

Summer Camp Director, Board

 From San Jose, California, Matthew studied Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis. He is currently pursuing a career as an Orthotics and Prosthetics clinician. His interests include personal development, outreach, and volleyball (because it requires little running). He is reading Kay Redfield Jamison, Haruki Murakami, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

From San Jose, California, Matthew studied Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis. He is currently pursuing a career as an Orthotics and Prosthetics clinician. His interests include personal development, outreach, and volleyball (because it requires little running). He is reading Kay Redfield Jamison, Haruki Murakami, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Matthew Ho

Counselor

 Ivana Hom has always had an endless curiosity. She enjoys observing and analyzing how life forms function. In hopes of becoming a biology teacher, Ivana takes pleasure in imparting this knowledge and mentoring the youth of the bay. Ivana is a foodie who studies integrative biology and education.

Ivana Hom has always had an endless curiosity. She enjoys observing and analyzing how life forms function. In hopes of becoming a biology teacher, Ivana takes pleasure in imparting this knowledge and mentoring the youth of the bay. Ivana is a foodie who studies integrative biology and education.

Ivana Hom

Counselor

 Shadia is a first-generation college student at UC Davis, with a passion for learning and helping others cultivate a love for life. Born to Lebanese immigrant parents she has a deep admiration for her culture and has developed strong roots that help her appreciate diversity. After graduating she plans to join the Peace Corps and pursue her passion in education.

Shadia is a first-generation college student at UC Davis, with a passion for learning and helping others cultivate a love for life. Born to Lebanese immigrant parents she has a deep admiration for her culture and has developed strong roots that help her appreciate diversity. After graduating she plans to join the Peace Corps and pursue her passion in education.

Shadia Kemel

Counselor