March 2020, Volume 70, Issue 3
On Saturday, February 29th, Shane Sato joined the NVC Foundation to share his book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy. The book is the second volume in The Go For Broke series, which showcases portraits and stories of Japanese American WWII veterans. The book captures photos of men who fought for America, despite the country incarcerating them and their loved ones.
Congratulations to the five outstanding recipients of this year’s NVC Foundation Scholarship Program. The NVC/WAC Scholarship went to Kelly Jinguji. Four of the NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarships went to Hailey Hirano, Matthew Lee, Mari Okumoto and Devan Yamane.
Each year, the NVC Foundation conducts tours of the NVC Hall to students, ranging from 5th graders to college students. The tours satisfy both objectives of our mission statement of “Honoring the Past, Educating the Future.” In an average year, we give tours to about a dozen schools which is in addition to the many religious, senior housing, military, and non-profit groups.
We have many diverse groups utilizing the NVC gym. The Vision Loss Connections has played Goalball in our gym for the past 10 years and calls the NVC Hall their “home”. The game is played by visually impaired participants on the gym floor. Their goalball team name is Killer Cobras.
Hailey Hirano is one of the 2020 recipients of a NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Cindy and Tim Hirano and the grandchild of Henry Hirano. She attended West Seattle High School and will attend New York University.
Devon Yamane is one of the 2020 recipients of a NVCF Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship. She is the daughter of Curtis and Juliette Yamane. She attends Seattle Pacific University where she is majoring in Clinical Psychology.
The largest airborne operation in military history was a joint effort of U.S. and British troops. Operation Varsity produced three U.S. Medal of Honor recipients and hastened the end of the war in Europe. Reprinted from VFW magazine - March 2020.
Community treasure and Seattle City Park gem, Kubota Garden, is memorialized in both a documentary film, Fujitaro Kubota…and his Garden, and a newly published book Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden. The film and the book tell the life story of Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese immigrant who transformed a swampland into an urban oasis in south Seattle.