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 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.
July 21 & 22 -- Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple holds the annual Seattle Bon Odori festival on Saturday, July 21, 4-10 pm, and Sunday, July 22, 3-8 pm. Join in for traditional Japanese dance, food, drinks, cultural displays, and a beer garden with live music and happy hour. Dance practice dates: July 9-12, and 16, 17 at 7:30 pm. Information at Instagram: @SeattleBonOdori OR website: www.seattlebetsuin.com OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org Seattle Bon Odori is a SeaFair sanctioned community event.
July 26 & 27 -- National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) will conduct a FREE two-day teacher workshop on The Untold Story of the Department of Justice Incarceration of People of Japanese Ancestry from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 26 & 27, 2018, at NVC Memorial Hall. The workshop is targeted towards Middle and Secondary educators in Social Studies and Humanities. Deadline for applications is July 18. For information and a registration form, contact: email@example.com
July 28 -- White River Buddhist Temple hosts the annual White River Bon Odori traditional Japanese summer festival on Saturday, July 28 from 4:00-9:30 pm at 3625 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA. The event is free and open to the public. Bon Odori is celebrated by dancing Japanese folk dances in a circle with live taiko. Everyone is welcome to participate! The dances are simple, and temple dance instructors will be there to follow.
August 4 -- Tacoma Buddhist Temple holds their annual Tacoma Bon Odori festival on Saturday, August 4 from 4:30-9:00 pm at 1717 S. Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, WA. Come enjoy Japanese folk dancing, Japanese food, taiko drum performances, beer garden, kid's activities booth and more at the annual Bon Odori street festival! Food booths open at 4:30 pm. Brief Obon service at 5 pm. Dancing and taiko performances from 5 to 9 p.m. Candle ceremony at 9 p.m. Information at: (253) 627-1417 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 6 -- From Hiroshima to Hope has been created by local peace, faith and community organizations every year since 1984. The Seattle event is the oldest and largest memorial program outside Japan dedicated to remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to world peace. Pre-program gathering starts at 6:30 pm; the official program starts at 7:00 pm. Taiko, koto, shakuhachi, prayers, Marshallese singers, memorial speeches, and toro nagashi (lantern floating) are included in the program. Go to the From Hiroshima to Hope Facebook page for more information.
August 20 -- Keiro Northwest holds its 18th Annual Founders' Golf Benefit at Fairwood Golf & Country Club. Tee time is 11:00 AM. Seven flights: Men, Senior Men, Women, Mixed, Senior Mixed, Super-Senior, Multi-Generational. Seven 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/
September 7 -- Seattle Chapter JACL holds their 96th Annual Banquet with the theme of Social Justice & Food on Friday, September 7, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle. More information to come -- Save the date!