April 28 - The Japanese Baptist Church holds its Annual Sukiyaki Dinner on Saturday, April 28 at 160 Broadway, Seattle. Enjoy Take-Out from 12:00-6:30 pm, Dine-In from 4:00-6:30 pm, and a cultural program starts at 6:30 p.m. $15 Adult, $10 Children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.jbcseattle.org
May 5 -- St. Peter's Episcopal Church welcomes you to The Big Take Out on Saturday, May 5 from 12 pm - 5 pm at 1610 S. King Street, Seattle. Dine in or Take out at this annual fundraiser benefiting community programs and ministries. Enjoy delicious Salmon Teriyaki or Pork Rib bento, bake and sushi sale! $15 per meal. Information at: (206) 323-5250 or visit www.stpeterseattle.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 email@example.com 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. Children and families explore and learn about Japanese art, culture, food, and music at an event that is free and open to the public. This year, Kodomo no Hi will highlight manga culture with artist demonstrations, a workshop, a manga drawing contest, and more! Other attractions include numerous hands-on activities like maneki neko (lucky cat) hat making, origami and other crafts, water yoyo fishing, taiko performance and workshop by Kaze Daiko, wotagei demo, martial arts, storytelling and tasty food from local vendors. Contacts: Tyler Sipe or Arisa Nakamura: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call: 206.568.7114. Info at: https://www.jcccw.org/events/2018/5/18/kodomo-no-hi
May 17 -- Washington State Historical Society hosts a Tacoma Day of Remembrance, 4:00-7:00 pm at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma. On May 17 and 18 in 1942, over 800 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly relocated out of Tacoma and into concentration camps. Join us for a day of programming and activities to commemorate this event, the lives it impacted, and its legacy in Tacoma. Free admission. Information: http://www.washingtonhistory.org/events.aspx?eid=550
May 18-20 -- Relay Dance Collective presents a final fantastic show: Encore, a collection of their most beloved pieces. Show times 7:30 PM on May 18 & 19; 2:00 PM on May 20, all at Yaw Theater in West Georgetown. The evening will feature Farewell Shikata Ga Nai, a work of dance and Asian American theater by Gabrielle Nomura Gainor portraying a story of the removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Live musical performances by The Bad Tenants and Seattle Kokon Taiko as the collective presents additional dances by Diana Cardiff, Alana O Rogers, and Alethea Sadie Alexander, MFA Candidate in Dance at UW, and Resident Relay choreographer Austin Sexton creates a new work. Information and tickets: http://www.relaydance.org/performance-info.html
May 20 -- Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents the world premiere of Gaman at its concert at Benaroya Hall’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle on May 20 at 5 p.m. Pre-concert event: 4:15 p.m. has Sean MacLean of KING FM in conversation with French-American composer Christophe Chagnard and art historian Barbara Johns. Chagnard’s newly commissioned work focuses on the experience of people forced into concentration camps because of their Japanese ancestry during World War II. The title refers to the struggle to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity. Combines traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, with testimonies of artists held captive in the Minidoka camp: poet Suma Yagi, artist Roger Shimomura, and journal entries and art work of Kamekichi Tokita and Takuichi Fujii. Tickets: $30-$45 available at: https://www.musicofremembrance.org/concert/spring-concert-gaman
June 9 -- Keiro Northwest hosts the 9th Annual Ayame Kai STEAK DINNER fundraiser for your dining pleasure! $20 per person ($10 for kids 10 and under), and worth every penny. The juiciest, finely grilled rib-eye steaks, accompanied by coleslaw, rice, and tsukemono, will get your mouth watering and your smile widening! Vegetarian option available. Drive-thru OR Take-out 3-6 pm; Dine-in 5-8 pm. Also enjoy the Bake Sale, FREE door prize drawings, and Silent Auction. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/359593524518818/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 695-7551 for more information.
July 5-8 -- The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee sponsors 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.
August 20 -- Keiro Northwest holds its 18th Annual Founders' Golf Benefit at Fairwood Golf & Country Club. Tee time is 11:00 AM. 7 flights: Men, Senior Men, Women, Mixed, Senior Mixed, Super-Senior, Multi-Generational. 7 opportunities to be a champion! Sign up early -- the field fills quickly for this in-demand event. Includes tournament play, dinner, and access to the silent auction. Early Bird registration $200 through July 31, 2018; Regular registration $225 starting August 1, 2018. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2006803276202329/