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October 2021, Volume 71, Issue 9

DENSHO will host their 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 23, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in a virtual format.

“Twenty-five years ago, Densho started documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. With the support of our incredible community, we have grown from a grassroots operation to a robust organization and trusted steward of this history. I hope you’ll join us to celebrate the past — and future — of Densho.” – Tom Ikeda, Executive Director

The Gala will feature an exciting line up of powerful storytellers, artists, and more that you won’t want to miss, including Miya Folick, traci kato-kiriyama, Gerry and Gail Nanbu, Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor, Sean Miura, and Miya Sommers. Join them in celebrating Densho’s first 25 years. Registration is free at: https://densho.org/25gala/

The INTERNATIONAL EXAMINER holds their Community Voice Awards gala online on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm PDT.

Every year, we honor people and organizations who have shown leadership and who have had a positive impact on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In 2021, our awardees are:

  • Venice Buhain, Crosscut
  • Michael Itti, Chinese Information and Service Center
  • The youth group Stop APIA Hate
  • Beth Takekawa, recently retired executive director of Wing Luke Museum
  • Michael Woo, labor activist and co-founder Got Green
  • Suma Yagi, poet

Tickets are $30: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5232304
To make a Paddle Raise donation, do so here: https://donorbox.org/2021-cva-paddle-raise

KING COUNTY LIBRARY presents Meet the Author: Daniel James Brown, for a talk with Densho’s Tom Ikeda on his new book, Facing the Mountain, on Tuesday, November 2, 7:00-8:00 pm PST on Zoom.

Discuss Facing the Mountain, A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II with author Daniel James Brown, NY Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat. Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable story unfolding across war-time America and the battlefields of Europe, Based on Brown’s extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, the book chronicles the journeys of four Japanese American families and their sons.  The virtual event will feature a conversation between Brown and Densho Executive Director Tom Ikeda who writes in the forward: “Facing The Mountain comes to us during a time of deep unrest, a time when our empathy for others is so needed to guide the choices we will make. This book will open hearts.” For more information go here:


JCCCW is open again and looking forward to welcoming guests to Bunka no Hi 2021 on campus for three days, November 12th - 14th. 

This year will showcase traditional crafts from all over Japan. The exhibit will include pottery, lacquerware, textiles, baskets, woodwork, metalware, bamboo and paper products. These objects are still made today using centuries-old techniques and used in everyday life. If you have such traditional craft items from Japan, but are willing to part with it, please consider donating it to the J for the exhibit. All items donated will be processed through Hosekibako and may be among the items offered for sale in future fundraising. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support programs and activities of the JCCCW. Visit the Bunka no Hi webpage for updates and more information: www.jcccw.org/bunka-no-hi

OKAERI brings their biannual conference to the virtual space this year from November 12-14!

With 24 workshops and a guest appearance from Gia Gunn, Okaeri’s mission is to create visibility, compassionate spaces, and transformation for LGBTQ+ Nikkei and our families by sharing personal stories and providing culturally-rooted support, education, community-building and advocacy Register for Okaeri 2021at: https://www.okaeri-losangeles.org/conference

JCCCW will host its first Artisan Craft & Holiday Gift Sale on Saturday & Sunday, the 20th and 21st of November, 2021 from 10AM to 4PM both days by Appointment Only.

Appointments will open on the 1st of November at 10AM, via a link that will be posted on this page. Each appointment slot will allow up to two (2) people 12 years or older; please keep to one appointment per household. In compliance with King County Guidelines, upon entry all attendees over 12 years of age must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative test result for the virus from within 72 hours prior to attending. Masks must also be worn at all times while inside the JCCCW facilities during the same, and they must cover from your nose to your chin. Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted. Revenue generated from this sale will go toward supporting the mission of the JCCCW to preserve, promote, and share Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage. Information at: https://www.jcccw.org/artisan-craft-and-holiday-gift-sale

JASSW (Japan America Society of the State of Washington) hosts their 98th Holiday Celebration and Auction in a live online event Tuesday, November 30 at 5:30 PM (PST) and Wednesday, December 01 at 10:30 AM (JST).

An Online Silent Auction will also run from November 18 - November 30. This year’s event will connect members, supporters, friends and community in Washington State and Japan online with special stories, fun entertainment, and exciting auction items. The theme will take the Olympics as inspiration, so "Raise a Toast to the Tokyo Olympics" From early giving to "Raising a Toast" together virtually, help make this year's Holiday Celebration and Auction a true gold medal event! For more information and registration: https://jassw.info/event-4406545