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June 2020, Volume 70, Issue 6

Shiro Kashino Memorial Scholarship Fund Thanks Supporters

Plans to conclude the Fund over next few years - From the Kashino Family. A few years ago, our mother marveled at the fact that we had surpassed the 20-year goal she had set for the Shiro Kashino Scholarship.  She took great pride in presenting the award each year to the deserving young students, many who were grandchildren or great grandchildren of her friends...


Sat Ichikawa’s Crystal City Camp Story

In January 2020, Sat Ichikawa attended the showing of the film, Children of the Camps at the NVC Hall.   At the presentation he shared some of his memories of being reunited with his father at the Crystal City Camp.  He then pulled out another children’s book he wrote about his experience there.

Nisei Lunch Program

A note from Keith Yamaguchi, Nisei Lunch Chairperson - ... I have had a lot of time to think about the Nisei Lunch and how much I miss the interaction with my fellow volunteers and especially our guests.  I have also had time to think about the future of the Nisei Lunch program and how do we move forward.  It is obvious to me that social gatherings such as the Nisei Lunch will take on a whole new characteristic not only in the near term, but long term as we deal with social distancing policies...

Nine Japanese Nationals Serving On the Battleship USS Maine When Destroyed

At 9:40 PM on February 15, 1898, five tons of powder charges exploded in the forward section of the battleship USS Maine as she lay at anchor in the harbor of Havana, Cuba.  The explosion obliterated that part of the ship where the enlisted crew had their quarters and were retiring for the night.  Of the 355-member crew (26 officers, 290 enlisted seamen and 39 Marines), 261 men died or were declared missing and presumed dead...

JAVA Commemorates 100th/442nd’s Triumphant Return to Washington, DC

At 12 noon (East Coast time) on July 15, 2020, JAVA plans to lay a wreath at the Price of Freedom Wall, National World War II Memorial, to show our appreciation for the legacy created by the Nisei soldiers who served in World War II. JAVA will commemorate the triumphant return of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team from the bloody battlefields in Europe to Washington, DC. The Memorial is close to the Ellipse along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC.