• Kazuko Lillie

Subarashii Sponsors! - Ume and Tanpopo Levels

It's hard to believe we're already on our last day of Sponsor Week! Today we're ending on a high note, shining the spotlight on our Ume (Plum) and Tanpopo (Dandelion) Level Sponsors!

If you're interested in sponsoring us or what the details of each level are, please click here.


Hylant is one of the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the United States. Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, we offer complete risk management services, including insurance brokerage services and consultation for property/casualty and employee benefits programs, as well as loss control support and healthcare management solutions for businesses locally, nationally, and internationally. To continuously grow our practice around our Japanese clients here in the United States, Hylant has proudly established our Japanese National Practice headquartered in our Atlanta office in 2019.   It is our mission to provide uniquely tailored services and support to our Japanese clients around the globe.

Visit our website here: https://www.hylant.com/ Japan Practice (日本語): https://www.hylant.com/services/business-insurance/global/japanese-practice/


What is it like when you come to a foreign country for the first time? No friends, no information about the new place, language barriers, culture shock, among other things. Getting used to the new environment when you don't speak the native language is not easy. School, grocery shopping, opening a bank account, all become difficult and daunting tasks. We are providing services to the people away from their home countries. We can also help you not just with your private life but also with your new business or job. https://atl-concierge.com/

Tokio Marine America

Tokio Marine has been conducting business in the U.S. for a century and Tokio Marine America Insurance Company is licensed to write all lines in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. With the highest financial strength rating from A.M. Best, TMAIC is committed to delivering security through a financially sound organization. We provide unique insurance and risk management tools from our experienced staff of account executives, underwriters, and loss prevention engineers, and fair and timely claim settlement from a skilled team of claim professionals. We work with major brokers and leading independent insurance agents throughout the United States to serve some of the world's largest and most distinguished organizations. Our clients come from many industries including: Electronics, communications, and technology Auto and auto parts manufacturing Pharmaceutical and life sciences Chemical manufacturing Food and beverage Real estate manufacturing Wholesale & Retail. https://www.tmamerica.com/

The Machida Family

Shigenobu (Sam) Machida immigrated from Yokohama, Japan, to the US in 1966 to attend Berry College in Rome.

After graduating from Berry he attended Emory University and Georgia State College. He earned a MS in mathematics in 1972 from Georgia State. He worked for Trust Company of Georgia, Eastern Airlines, and IBM. While he worked for Eastern in Miami he was an officer of Japan American Society of South Florida.

He became a naturalized citizen on July 4, 1976. Upon moving to Duluth in 1983 he joined Japan American Society of Georgia. He enjoyed taking his family to JapanFest at Stone Mountain Park and Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. His children and grandchildren have continued to attend JapanFest in honor of his memory.

Pictured below are the Machida Housemark and Sam's children, Dennis and Helen, attending a festival in Miami in 1982.