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May 2019, Volume 69, Issue 5

June 8 – Steak Dinner CANCELED Keiro Northwest regrets to announce that the Ayame Kai event scheduled for June 8 is canceled. 

June 22 – ACRS looks forward to seeing you at the 2019 Walk for Rice in support of the ACRS Food Bank and our nutrition programs, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Seward Park, Seattle. Help nourish more than 5,200 individuals and families in our region each year with nutritious and culturally familiar foods like rice, tofu, fish and fresh produce.

Register today: http://acrs.walkforrice.org/site/TR?fr_id=1120&pg=entry
Volunteer opportunities: https://form.jotform.com/90336801461149
Or contact our Volunteer Program Manager at (206) 695-7637 or volunteer@acrs.org.

Event Schedule

8:30 a.m.   -  First shuttle leaves ACRS for Seward Park
9:00 a.m.   -  Registration opens
11:00 a.m. - Runners start
11:05 a.m. - Walkers start
12:25 p.m. - Awards
1:15 p.m.   -   Last shuttle bus back to ACRS

June 29-30 – Japan Fair 2019 will be held at Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday. Come and enjoy Traditional & Modern Japanese Arts/Culture, Hot Products from Japan, Community Outreach, Market Place, Fun Kids╩╝ Activities, Live Music and Performances, Cultural Workshops, Japanese Festival Food, and an Awa Odori Contest! Information at: http://japanfairus.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

August 6 – From Hiroshima To Hope will gather people at Green Lake in Seattle for their annual lantern floating ceremony honoring victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war. The program is held 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the north shore of Green Lake, Seattle. Featuring speakers, cultural performances, photo displays, prayers and meditation, and a Lantern Floating or toro nagashi to end the evening. The event has been created by local peace, faith and community organizations every year since 1984 and is the oldest and largest anywhere outside Japan. The From Hiroshima to Hope Planning Committee welcomes all who wish to experience the feeling of community, music, and the beautiful serenity of floating lanterns. It offers the hope that we can resolve international conflicts without violence and learn to live in peace with all our neighbors on this earth. Information: http://fromhiroshimatohope.org/

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