February 19, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

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Today marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.  As part of their Day of Remembrance Events, Seattle University hosted the 2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival.  Over 300 people attended this year’s event to hear the rhythmic beats of drumming and movement.  The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee wants to thank: the School of Taiko, Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, One World Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Northwest Taiko and the Okinawa Kenjin-Kai for participating in this year’s Taiko Festival.

Photo by: Ryan Kozu

February 1, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

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Minidoka Pilgrimage Taiko Fundraiser

Seattle, WA – January 14, 2012 – In honor of Japanese American Day of Remembrance and the 70th anniversary signing of Executive Order 9066, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Friends of Minidoka, and Seattle University are proud to present this year’s Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival 2012.  It will take place at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19 at the Pigott Building, Seattle University, Broadway and E. Madison St. Tickets are $20.  They can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/219585. If attendees purchase tickets through Will Call, no actual tickets will be given, so please make sure to bring identification.  For those unable to purchase tickets on-line, they will also be available at the JCCCW Office, 511 – 16th Ave. S., 206-568-7114 and at the Seattle University International Student Center.

A special free exhibit in the Paccar Atrium directly outside the auditorium will open at Noon and will feature a display honoring the Nisei recipients of the honorary degrees last year, a display from the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community and the National Park Service.  A light reception in the atrium will be sponsored by the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.

The main speaker will be Yosh Nakagawa, with Dale Watanabe, as the MC.  Both are members of the Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee, which organizes the annual journey to Idaho.  This will be the 10th year of the Pilgrimage.  The Civil Liberties Symposium, a part of the 3-day trip, will be held at Boise State University. This year’s theme is “Children of the Camps.”

In conjunction with Seattle University’s Day of Remembrance, the taiko groups that are scheduled to perform are:  Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, Ringtaro Tateishi School of Taiko, Northwest Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, One World Taiko, Okinawan Taiko.  The event will also include several speakers who will focus on the various aspects of the Day of Remembrance and the Minidoka Pilgrimage.

The Day of Remembrance recognizes the date, February 19, 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents into concentration camps during World War II solely based upon their Japanese descent.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win an “iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G.” Cost is $10 per ticket, and will be available from Committee members and at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW).  Winner need not be present to win.  Proceeds will go to support the Minidoka Pilgrimage.

Sponsors of this event include: The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, International Student Center and Office of the President, Seattle University and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.

Bif Brigman
(206) 568-7114

Ann F. Lindwall
Minidoka Pilgrimage Comm.
(206) 367-8749