January 3 -- The Seattle Chapter Japanese American Citizens League is offering six scholarships totaling $20,000 for students entering or currently attending college. Seattle JACL is active in the areas of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural understanding and civil and human rights. We promote the continuous regeneration of leadership in all aspects of public and community life; as a part of this vision, the JACL has offered scholarships to deserving young adults for many years. Applications are available starting January 3, 2020. The due date for applications is March 6, 2020. Interviews will be held in April and awards will be made in May 2020. For more information, see: http://seattlejacl.org/programs/scholarships/
January 4 – BIJAC hosts its annual Mochi Tsuki 2020 Celebration on Saturday, January 4, from 11 am – 3 pm at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year's tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. Each year BIJAC brings this celebration to Bainbridge Island and invites everyone, young and old, to bundle up against the crisp winter air, and enjoy the tradition of mochi tsuki or "mochi–making." Help pound the mochi and then enjoy the pounding of drums with Seattle Kokon Taiko at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Information at: https://www.bijac.org/
February 16 – Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee offers is annual Day of Remembrance Fundraiser featuring a premier presentation of Baseball Saves Us and several local taiko groups at Pigott Auditorium on Seattle University campus on Sunday, February 16, at 12:00 pm. For information: https://www.facebook.com/minidokapilgrimage/
February 20 – Olympia Legislative Day of Remembrance will be held in the State Capitol building on Thursday, February 20, at 10:00 AM. More information to come!
February 23 – Tsuru for Solidarity-Seattle holds a Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma on Sunday, February 23 from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at NWDC commemorates the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities. Survivors and descendants of Japanese American WWII incarceration will stand united with all those who have suffered the atrocities of U.S. concentration camps, past and present, to say, “Stop Repeating History!” This message will be amplified by the beats of taiko drums and carried on the wings of thousands of tsuru, origami cranes symbolizing peace, compassion, hope, and healing. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2 – JACL’s National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students who are entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, in the creative & performing arts, and those with financial need. All scholarships are one-time awards. The JACL has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946. The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. For applications and more information, see: https://jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program/