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March 2019, Volume 69, Issue 3

March 30 -- Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) – in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA), the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the National Park Service – invites all to Nidoto Nai Yoni – Let It Not Happen Again to honor the first – and all – of 120,000 Japanese Americans to be forcibly exiled from the West Coast during World War II, and to reflect upon the unique legacy of a community that stood by their Japanese American friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Takes place 10 am – 1:00 pm at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive. Contact: Clarence Moriwaki: 206.491.2336 or email: clarencemoriwaki@gmail.com

April 4 – National Park Service - Minidoka National Historic Site hosts an update on Minidoka National Historic Site and previews the park’s film produced by North Shore Productions on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 10am to 11am, at the Seattle NVC Hall, 1212 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98144. This will provide folks from the Seattle area to hear from the Minidoka National Historic Site’s superintendent, Wade Vagias; the Executive Director of Friends of Minidoka, Mia Russell; and the producers of the film, Rory Banyard and Cristin Norine. For more information, contact Hanako Wakatsuki, Chief of Visitor Services at: Hanako_Wakatsuki@nps.gov or call 208-539-3416.

April 7 – The Wing Luke Museum, Seattle JACL, Densho and Kayla Isomura host Never Again Is Now: The Art and Activism of Millennial Nikkei, on Sunday, April 7 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm in the Community Room at Wing Luke Museum, 719 South King Street, Seattle. How are millennials of Japanese ancestry honoring the legacy of their grandparents and great-grandparents who were incarcerated during World War II? Why is it important to tell this story of racial prejudice and civil liberties denied to the generations to come? Seattle JACL and Densho invite you for an afternoon of art, live performance, and dialogue at Wing Luke Museum. The event features spoken-word poetry by Troy Osaki and Kurt Yokoyama Ikeda; a presentation by photographer Kayla Isomura, creator of The Suitcase Project; and a performance by Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor and dancers, who will present an excerpt of Farewell Shikata ga nai. The discussion will include time for audience input and questions, and will be moderated by Nina Nobuko Wallace, Communications Coordinator for Densho. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2128541187458619/

April 13 – The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) cordially invites the public to attend its Sapphire Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 13, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Eden, 1950 1st Avenue, Seattle. Observe 45 years of service to the APA community statewide in a family-friendly, feel-good event for all our community members to come together and celebrate. Attendees are encouraged to wear BLUE in honor of Sapphire Anniversary – cultural attire is encouraged! General Admission is $80 after March 15. Tickets at: https://capaa45.bpt.me

April 20 – JCCCW celebrates its 16th Anniversary at the Tomodachi Gala on Saturday, April 20 from 5:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton. Final Registration due by April 8. Check-in, Cocktails and Silent Auction at 5 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tomodachi means friend in Japanese and the JCCCW looks forward to celebrating with all its friends at its Tomodachi Gala. The annual 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.  In 2019, we will recognize Budokan Judo Club and All Nippon Airways. Information and tickets at: https://www.jcccw.org/tomodachi-luncheon

April 26-27-28 – The SCB&JCF Committee invites all to the 2019 Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at the Seattle Center from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. 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 is the oldest in the Seattle Center Festál series. Information at: http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=4

May 4 – Inter*ImCDA invites all to their 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at the Hilton Embassy Suites, 255 S King St, Seattle as they celebrate Advancing the Fight for Equity and Social Justice for 50 years! Keynote Speech by Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs. Entertainment by Mata’ala Dance Team, DJ Daps 1 (Ian Silverio Dapiaoen), and Massive Monkees Studio. Festive Attire! Tickets $150/individual. Please purchase tickets by April 19, 2019 at: interimcda.maestroweb.com

May 11 – Seattle Chapter JACL holds its Annual Banquet & Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, May 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2224 Alaskan Way, Seattle. The event theme centers around Education and Social Justice; it’s a call to celebrate our educators, mentors, and community leaders in our work for civil rights and social justice. Honorees include: Congressperson Pramila Jayapal, founder of ONE America; Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of American Muslim Empowerment Network (an initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound/MAPS); and Tetsuden Kashima, Gail Nomura, and Stephen Sumida, retired professors of American Ethnic Studies, UW. Information and tickets at: http://seattlejacl.org/ or email at: info@seattlejacl.org

July 5-8 – The Minidoka Pilgrimage will be held Friday-Monday, July 5-8, 2019 in Twin Falls Idaho. Registration is open now, and space is limited. 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.  Information at: http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org/info.html

September 30-October 11 – The North American Post presents its Japan Tour 2019 from Monday, September 30 to Friday, October 11. Since 2010, the North American Post has offered cultural tours to Japan for Seattle's local Nikkei community. Discover Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama and Hiroshima with unique local experiences and low tour rates for travelers. This year, the tour will visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum and the Hikawa Maru in Yokohama to learn how and why the Issei traveled to America. Tour fee of $4180 covers international flights, 10 nights hotel stays, ground transportation and fees at tour destinations. Availability is limited to 22 tourists per year. Info:www.napost.com/japantour. Contact: japantour@napost.com