June 26, 2011

Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden

Posted in Taiko Festival Pictures, Uncategorized tagged , at 6:54 pm by minidokapilgrimage

In 2010, the Minidoka Pilgrimage was honored to have Portland Taiko participate and share their taiko drumming with us.  On July 20, 2011 from 7-9p at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland (239 NW Everett Street  •  Portland, OR 97209), they are having their sixth annual benefit event.  Please see the information below if you are interested in attending and supporting this great cause!


“At our sixth annual benefit event, Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden, we recognize the traditions of the Tanabata festival by meeting together in a night of celebration and community. Tanabata is the Japanese star festival held at night to celebrate the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legends, the Amanogawa (Milky Way), the river of stars that crosses the sky, separates these two lovers. They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The colorful Tanabata festivals are held in early July and August. In ancient Japan, taiko was used to delineate the boundaries of the village, scare away invading armies and pests, aid meditation in religious ceremonies, and call the community together in times of both crisis and celebration. Today, taiko is a dynamic and evolving performing art combining rhythm, movement, energy,
and culture into a single art form. Surrounded by the beauty of Portland’s own Lan Su Chinese Garden, our Taiko by Starlight: A Benefit at the Garden guests will enjoy delicious food, a live private taiko show, a silent auction, and a fundraiser favorite, Mystery Origami, all while supporting a great cause.”

$75 event admission
$100 event admission
+ entered to win an  iPad!
Each purchase includes
a $35 donation
Tickets on sale through July 15


June 7, 2011

Registration is still open!

Posted in 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka Pilgrimage tagged , , , , , , , at 8:29 pm by rkozu

Even if you missed the early registration deadline on June 3, it’s still not too late to register for the 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage!  We are still accepting registration forms for this year’s pilgrimage.  If you still want to come, please fill out a registration for now!


Tribute band remembers those in internment camps

Posted in Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka Swing Band tagged , , , , , at 8:25 pm by rkozu


by SAINT BRYAN / Evening Magazine

Posted on May 6, 2010 at 8:33 PM


At the time, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans lived behind fences with barbed wire in internment camps. It is one of America’s most shameful chapters. But a Northwest tribute band vows never to forget. Named for the notorious Idaho internment camp, the Minidoka Swing Band pays tribute to the music that made life bearable.

The Nikkei Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island is located on the site of the former Eagledale ferry dock. On March 30, 1942, 227 men, women and children – two-thirds of them American citizens – were forcibly removed from their homes, rounded up by US Army soldiers armed with rifles fixed with bayonets and boarded a ferry to Seattle. Find out more at www.bijac.org.

The Minidoka Swing Band performs about half a dozen times a year. They are coming up to Seattle in September to perform at the dedication of the Japanese American Veterans Wall. More at www.facebook.com.