John Henry of Joie de Vivre Hospitality Joins Japantown Foundation Board

john_henry_japantown_foundation_board_of_directorsHospitality industry executive John Henry has joined the San Francisco Japantown Foundation board of directors.

Henry is a Regional Managing Director at Joie de Vivre Hospitality and oversees the Hotel Kabuki and Hotel Tomo properties in San Francisco Japantown. A 16-year veteran in the hotel business, Henry was formerly the general manager of the Hotel Kabuki. He also served as the general manager of both the Radisson Hotel San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf and Radisson Hotel San Francisco Airport Bay Front.

“John has supported the Japantown Foundation for several years and plays a key role in the economic vibrancy of the neighborhood,” said Donald K. Tamaki, foundation board president, “He will strengthen an already incredible board of directors and help our organization continue serving the Japantown community.”

Henry joins existing board members Tamaki, Hats Aizawa, Bob Hamaguchi, Richard Hashimoto, Mary Ishisaki, Keith Kamisugi, Diane Matsuda, Jon Osaki, Allen Okamoto, Jerry Ono, and June-Ko Nakagawa.

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s mission is to support cultural, community and educational activities for San Francisco Japantown. The Foundation ( provides grants to not-for-profit organizations, groups and individuals conducting projects aligned with or further the Foundation’s mission. The foundation was formed in December 2006 through generous endowments by Kintetsu Enterprises of America, Jack Hirose, Hats and Amey Aizawa, Union Bank, and Minami Tamaki LLP. Including its 2013 grants, the Foundation has provided more than $635,000 in funding since 2007.