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June 2019, Volume 69, Issue 6

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

July 12 -- Please join Tsuru for Solidarity-Seattle, the Seattle JACL, and the Japanese American community as we stand up for families and children on Friday, July 12th, at 7:00 PM, at Wisteria Park, 1430 S Main Street (across from the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple). As a nationwide mobilization of grassroots organizations and individuals, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees and immigrants, including separation of families and jailing of children. Japanese Americans faced similar hardships during WWII, so join us as we say #CloseTheCamps and #StopRepeatingHistory

Bring origami tsuru (folded paper cranes) or fold one at the event! (paper and instructions provided) Bring a light but NO open flame -- flashlight, LED "electric candle", glow stick, phone light ok. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Bring your questions, your compassion, your friends, your loved ones – because #FamiliesBelongTogether

We will have speakers, petitions, educational materials, cultural performances and a Lift Up the Light Vigil to end the evening. Most of all, we will have community to share.Information at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/344092543157857/

July 12-13 --  Interim CDA hosts the 44th Annual ID Pig Roast at the Danny Woo Community Garden, 620 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104, starting at 6:00 pm on July 12 and carries on through the night. Hosted every 2nd Friday of July, this event is truly community centered. Gardeners, neighbors, staff, and long-time community members of the CID gather around the pig to share stories and delicious food donated by CID businesses and restaurants for volunteers and guests. The community celebration commences the next day, Saturday, July 13th at 12 PM. This is a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. Volunteers are needed for Friday's event, overnight pig roasting, and Saturday's community gathering. Information: http://interimicda.org/44th-pig-roast-danny-woo-community-garden/

July 20-21 – The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple holds the 2019 Bon Odori Festival at 1427 S. Main Street, Seattle on Saturday, July 20 from 4-10 pm and Sunday, July 21 from 3-8 pm. Enjoy food, entertainment, cultural exhibits, traditional Japanese dance, culture, live music & more! Celebrating 87 years in the Puget Sound region! Seattle Bon Odori is a proud Seafair Sanctioned Community Event. Dance practice dates: July 8, 9, 11, 15, and 16 from 7:30 – 9:00pm. Come and learn how to do all of the old and new dances for this year! Can’t make practice? Check out our YouTube for video footage. Information: https://seattlebetsuin.com/bon-odori-festival/

JULY 25 -- Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies offers a FREE screening of Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice at Mt. Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt. Rainier Drive South, Seattle, on July 25 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. This new documentary from Holly Yasui follows the life and times of American hero, civil rights attorney, and activist Minoru (Min) Yasui, born of Japanese immigrant parents in Hood River, Oregon. During World War II, he legally challenged US military orders that incarcerated over 120,000 US citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry. He spent 9 months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him. After the war, Yasui continued to defend the human and civil rights of all people. Free Snacks; Donations welcome. Join in the audience discussion with Stan Shikuma after the film. Co-sponsored by Mt. Baker Community Club and South Seattle Climate Action Network. Information: https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/never-give-up-2/

July 27 – White River Buddhist Temple honors the dead and celebrates ancestors with the White River Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese summer festival, on Saturday, July 27 from 4:00 pm – 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. Information: https://www.wrbt.org/

August 3 – Tacoma Buddhist Temple welcomes all to the summer Bon Odori Festival, an annual temple tradition for over 65 years, on Saturday, August 3 from 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm at 1717 Fawcett Street, Tacoma. Come and 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 and Beer Garden 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. This event is free and everybody is welcome! Information: (253) 627-1417 or email: info@tacomabt.org

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.  For information or to volunteer: http://fromhiroshimatohope.org/

August 17 – The Wing Luke Museum welcomes you to Hai! Japantown on Saturday, August 17, from 3-7pm. Come visit as Seattle's Nihonmachi comes alive with an afternoon of festivities in Nihonmachi Alley, Chiyo's Garden, and core neighborhood businesses centered around South Jackson Street and South Main Street between 6th Avenue South and Maynard Avenue South in Seattle’s International District. And it’s all Free! Visit the “Japantown Seattle” Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/JapantownSeattle/

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