Funeral Service for Kazuko Ito

Thursday, February 10th at 6:45pm

All are welcome to join us online (with limited in-person attendance due to COVID) on Thursday, February 10th at 6:45pm for the funeral service of recently departed Kazuko Ito, former president of Japan America Society of Greater Austin.

Kazuko Ito

November 10, 1951 – January 15, 2022

This funeral service will be held in the zendo of Austin Zen Center (and online over zoom). Please register below. Upon registration the zoom link will be sent to you.

We will be chanting the Dai Hi Shin Darani of Great Compassion, and there will be an opportunity for those in attendance to offer reflections and gratitude to Kako as she passes from this realm to the great beyond.

Please feel free to download a copy of the program.

Funeral-Program-Kazuko Ito-2022

Obituary for Kazuko Ito

Kazuko Ito of Austin, Texas, passed away on January 15, 2022.

Kako was born in Misakubo, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan on November 10, 1951. She moved to Austin in 1987, where she earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She was employed in the high tech industry for several years. In 2009 she became the president of the Japan America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA). In this volunteer role, she spearheaded JASGA’s mission and presence almost single-handedly for over a decade. She was responsible for JASGA’s successful language and calligraphy programs, as well as the popular Aki Matsuri Japan fall festival held annually in Austin. She was a dedicated supporter of the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, where she regularly organized and led cleanup days. A hard-working bridge-builder between the people of Japan and Texas, she is remembered fondly by many for her energy, her dedication, and her generous spirit.

Kako is survived by her life companion and former husband, Alan Cook of Austin; a sister, Hiroko Ito; an aunt, Taeko Tatsuo; and numerous relatives in Japan. A memorial service will take place at a date and time to be announced later*. Donations in Kako’s honor may be made to the Japan America Society of Greater Austin.

Published in Austin American Statesman on January 28, 2022

 * The 49-Day Memorial service is scheduled for March 5th at the Taniguchi Japanese Garden. Details to follow.

Read more about AZC’s Special Ceremony Services HERE, and about Sōtō Zen memorials in Japan HERE.