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April 2019, Volume 69, Issue 4

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

April 27 – Japanese Baptist Church holds its annual Sukiyaki Dinner 2019 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 160 Broadway, Seattle. Kick off the celebration of our 120th Anniversary, with food, a free Ikebana Exhibition, and Kokeshi Doll Collection on display. We will be screening films about the history of JBC and Japanese in the Pacific Northwest in the Legacy Library. Also crafts and other baked goods will be available for purchase. Tickets (suggested donation) are Adults $15 and 12 years old & younger $10. All proceeds to benefit: Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Childhaven, JBC’s 120th Anniversary, Keiro Northwest, and Neighborhood House. Information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/271404233762551/

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 5 – JCCCW hosts Kodomo no Hi / Children/s Day Festival from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle. Join in a fun and exciting introduction to the rich world of children’s culture in Japan. The event is free and open to the public; it offers exciting performances, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on activities, and games for all ages. This year, to commemorate Tokyo Olympics 2020, Kodomo no Hi will highlight various Tokyo-inspired games and activities such as a “koinobori” flying competition, Tokyo landmark fishing and gold medal making. The performances and demonstrations include dancing with audience participation, taiko, martial arts, big kamishibai (storytelling) and classical dance. Also, there will be water yoyo fishing, book reading areas (children’s books written in English and Japanese about Japan and Japanese Americans), scavenger hunt, LaQ building contest, food and more. See the latest updates: https://www.jcccw.org/kodomo-no-hi

May 5 -- Seattle Center Festál presents Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday, May 5, from 11:45 am – 5:00 pm at the Seattle Center Armory. Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state. Presented in partnership with the Asian-Pacific Directors Coalition. Information at: http://www.apiheritage.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