March 31 -- JCCCW holds a special 15th Anniversary Tomodachi Gala at Hyatt Lake Washington in Renton on Saturday, March 31, 5:00pm - 9:00pm. This year’s fundraising event brings the community together to support the Cultural Center and its programs. It also honors the contributions of individuals or groups who have promoted and celebrated Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage; the JCCCW is proud to recognize Ichiro Fujisaki and Phyllis Campbell this year. Early registration $150 per person until Feb. 28, or $1500 for an organized table of 10. On March 1, prices go to $175. The event is valet parking only, at a special gala rate of $10. Tickets and information: https://www.jcccw.org/events/2018/3/31/tomodachi-luncheon
April 13 - The Seattle U School of Law presents The Japanese American Incarceration: Civil Liberties and Upholding the Rule of Law, Then and Now on Friday, April 13. The morning session, 8:30 am-12:30 pm is open to the public with pre-registration. Hear an important discussion of the infamous Supreme Court cases that upheld the incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, the coram nobis cases that successfully reopened them, and their haunting present-day relevance. Distinguished speakers include Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, who challenged the wartime orders in Korematsu v. United States and Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, who vacated Mr. Korematsu's conviction. For information and registration: https://law.seattleu.edu/continuing-legal-education/upcoming-programs/the-japanese-american-incarceration#productOverview
April 20-22 -- The Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee presents the annual Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21-22. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Japan through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods and games including Taiko drumming and artisan demonstrations. The Festival was founded 40 years ago in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees gifted to Seattle by Prime Minister Takeo Miki on behalf of the Japanese government in commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial. It is the first ethnic festival to be held at Seattle Center annually and the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series. Information: http://www.cherryblossomfest.org/
April 22 -- The White River Buddhist Temple invites all to their Spring Fundraiser Chicken Teriyaki and Bake Sale on Sunday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 PM. There will be cafeteria style dine-in or take-out dinner. The bake sale will feature manju, mochi, pies and more. There will also be a plant sale. Remember to put this date on your calendar!
April 28 - The Japanese Baptist Church holds its Annual Sukiyaki Dinner on Saturday, April 28 at 160 Broadway, Seattle. Enjoy Take-Out from 12 pm-6:30 pm, Dine-In from 4:00-6:30 pm, and a cultural program at 6:30 p.m. $15 Adult, $10 Children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.jbcseattle.org
May 5 - The International Community Health Services Foundation holds its 45th Annual Bloom Gala fundraiser at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Early Bird Registration $150 until April 13; Regular Registration $175 after April 13. Contact Tagoipah Mathno at 206-788-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: https://www.ichs.com/bloom/
May 6 - JCCCW holds the annual Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day Festival), on Sunday, May 6, 11 am-6 pm at 1414 S Weller Street, Seattle. Welcome to a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The JCCCW welcomes families in the community to take part in the Kodomo no Hi festival as an opportunity to experience multiculturalism while celebrating the health and growth of all children. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can enjoy activities like Japanese style dancing performances, Yukata dress up, taiko, martial arts, kids’ tea ceremony, games, food, and more! Info at: https://www.jcccw.org/events/2018/5/18/kodomo-no-hi
June 29-July 2 -- The Tule Lake Committee announces the 2018 Tule Lake Pilgrimage ~ Preserving Our Hallowed Ground will take place Friday-Monday, June 29-July 2. “As the only segregation center, Tule Lake is unique among the 10 WRA concentration camps,” says TLC President Hiroshi Shimizu. “This is an American story of protest against injustice, and it should be cherished, not bulldozed, fenced off and erased.” Sorry - Registration is now closed. Plan ahead for the next Tule Lake Pilgrimage in July 2020. https://www.tulelake.org/
June 30 - ACRS presents the annual Walk for Rice on Saturday, June 30, 2018; 8 a.m.-1 p.m at Seward Park (5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 98118). Everyone is invited to join a family and pet friendly event featuring lion dancing, a martial arts demonstration, Japanese taiko drumming, and a performance by the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, before a 2.5 mile walk/run around Seward Park. Come take part in this long-standing and beloved community tradition and help raise money to fight hunger in our community. To register, visit www.walkforrice.org or contact email@example.com or call (206) 695-7551 for more information.
July 5-8 -- The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee announces the 2018 Minidoka Pilgrimage to visit the former WRA camp site near Twin Falls, ID will take place July 5-8. In 1942, close to 13,000 people of Japanese-ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes in the Pacific Northwest and sent to a desolate “incarceration camp" near Twin Falls, Idaho. This summer, the 16th pilgrimage will take place with former incarcerees, their families, and friends - from Seattle, Portland and across the nation - to the former Minidoka Camp in Idaho. This is an opportunity to learn, share memories, and ask questions about the Minidoka experience. Consider participating as a way to bring your family together and reconnect with friends. Participation is limited. Information at: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/
July 7 - Japan Fair 2018 hosts a Friends of Japan Gala* on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue. Enjoy Cocktails, Dinner, Entertainment, Gift Raffle, and more! For information: www.japanfairus.org
*The Gala is part of Japan Fair 2018, held July 7-8, 2018 at the Meydenbauer Center.