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October 2020, Volume 70, Issue 9

JCCCW -- Bunka no Hi is going virtual this year! Bunka no Hi, or Japanese Culture Festival, is a free cultural festival dedicated to celebrating, commemorating, and educating the public about Japanese and Japanese American Culture in the Seattle area. Join from the safety of your home at the “Virtual Bunka no Hi”, which will include a new video every Sunday at noon (PDT) during the month of November. Viewers can learn about Japanese and Japanese American history and culture including Seattle’s Japantown (Nihonmachi), manga graphic novels, storytelling (kamishibai), taiko performances, mochi pounding (mochitsuki), and Japanese new year’s mochi soup (ozoni). Invite your friends and family from across the country and around the world! The event is FREE to join! The new cultural videos will be available on the JCCCW’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JCCCWA/   

  • 11/1 at Noon: Seattle’s Japantown - Past and Present
  • 11/8 at Noon: Manga: Shin Issei Journey by Arisa Nakamura
  • 11/15 at Noon: Kamishibai storytelling by request
  • 11/22 at Noon: Taiko Performances
  • 11/29 at Noon: What's Mochi?

For more information:
WEBSITE: www.jcccw.org/bunka-no-hi
PHONE: 206-568-7114
CONTACT: Arisa Nakamura arisan@jcccw.org

Secretary of State – Washington's regularly scheduled General Election is on Tuesday, November 3. In 2020, it includes President/Vice President, Statewide Executives (such as Governor), US Representatives, State Legislators, Supreme Court Justices, Superior Court Judges, and some local offices such as County Commissioners. Also, on the November ballot are six statewide measures, including four Advisory Votes, one Referendum, and one proposed Constitutional Amendment. Your ballot packet is automatically mailed to the address where you're currently registered to vote. Ballots were mailed no later than October 16. You may also register or vote in person at a local elections office or voting center until 8:00 p.m. on November 3. To find a ballot drop box location or for more information contact your County Auditor at: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/viewauditors.aspx or check your registration address at: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

JCCCW -- Join JCCCW for Kokoro Kara, an online auction from the heart that will benefit our Japanese American legacy. Items will be put up for auction in three lots, with new items up for bid at 3 PM (PST) on November 5, 11 and 19. Bidding will be open for 10 days per lot. Some community members have donated items from their own personal collection for this special event. Many of these items are rare and difficult to obtain, even in Japan! This will be an event you won’t want to miss! Over 40 items have been carefully curated and all can be shipped to the winning bidder. See the full collection at www.jcccw.org/online-auction.

Ayame Kai -- The 2020 Online Craft Fair will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, from 8 am – 8 pm. Starting at 8 am, you can click on the Ayame Kai Shopify link which will be provided that day. This will take you directly to the Ayame Kai Virtual Craft Fair store. Here you can choose any category of unique and wonderful items. You have until 8pm to shop to your heart’s content!! At check-out you can schedule to pick-up your purchases on Saturday, November 21st. Questions? Please email ayamekai.keironw@gmail.com. Or call (206) 409 3062. Or check our website at https://www.ayamekaiguild.org/?utm_source=ayamekai&utm_medium=email

Seattle Public Library, Densho, Heart Mountain WY Foundation -- Don't miss an engaging book panel discussion on Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration. Author Shirley Ann Higuchi, J.D., chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, uncovers her family’s past and embarks on a transformational journey as she learns about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and what happened to her family and those of other former incarcerees. She will be joined by Darrell Kunitomi and Aura Newlin, who are also descendants of former incarcerees featured in the book. They will discuss the book, the multigenerational effects of trauma and the incarceration’s relevance to contemporary issues of racism and identity in America. Tom Ikeda, Founding Executive Director of Densho based in Seattle, Washington will moderate the discussion. Local Support provided by Community Co-sponsors Seattle Chapter JACL and Puyallup Valley Chapter JACL. This Virtual Event is free but registration is required: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp  

Japan-America Society of the State of Washington -- JASSW is marking its 97th anniversary and invites you to join in Bringing Community Together at their Holiday Celebration & Auction 2020 on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Bid on silent auction items during the week before the event and have fun during the live auction during the event to help support a great cause! JASSW’s Japan-in-the-Schools program is 25 years old, and the America-in-the-Schools program is in its 5th year.  Both continue to remain important to teachers and students in their online format and we your support and donations to continue them in new ways.

Silent Auction:       November 24 - December 1, 2020
Live Event:            December 1, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. pacific time
More information: https://jassw.org/calendar/jas-calendar-2/

ACRS – ACRS needs people to Volunteer at the Food Bank! As the weather gets colder, you can help prepare hot meals for seniors, distribute and assemble grocery bags for people experiencing hunger, or lend a hand at our community farm. View volunteer opportunities and sign up at:  bit.ly/ACRSVOLOPPS