February 25, 2014

2014 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

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Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this year’s Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival at Seattle University.  The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee wants to especially thank: UW Taiko Kai, Ringtaro and the School of Taiko, Okinawa Kenjin-Kai, Seattle Matsuri Taiko, Kaze Daiko and Seattle Kokon Taiko for participating in this year’s festival.

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May 18, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival Pictures

Posted in Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:55 pm by minidokapilgrimage

Pictures from the 2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival held at Seattle University on February 19, 2012 can now be found online.  Please check out the pictures from the Taiko Festival!

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival Pictures

February 19, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

Posted in Day of Remembrance, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka Pilgrimage, Taiko Festival Pictures, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:44 pm by minidokapilgrimage

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

Posted in Day of Remembrance, Japanese American Incarceration, Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:17 pm by minidokapilgrimage

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.

Contact:
Bif Brigman
bif@jcccw.org
JCCCW
(206) 568-7114

Ann F. Lindwall
fujiilindwall@comcast.net
Minidoka Pilgrimage Comm.
(206) 367-8749

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!

http://www.portlandtaiko.org/supporting-us/benefit.htm

“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

http://www.portlandtaiko.org/supporting-us/benefit.htm

February 26, 2011

Honoring Japanese Americans

Posted in Honorary Degrees, Japanese American Incarceration, Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , at 7:55 pm by minidokapilgrimage

http://www.seattleu.edu/news/featureArticle.aspx?id=69723

Honoring Japanese Americans

Seattle University to Award Honorary Degrees to Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII
2011-02-17
By Katherine Hedland Hansen

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Photo Credit: Seattle P-I, MOHAI

Nearly 70 years ago Thomas T. Yamauchi was forced to leave Seattle University and abandon his education as one of 15 Japanese American Seattle University students whose educations were disrupted by their unjust removal and incarceration in 1942 during World War II. To contribute to the healing from this injustice, the Seattle University Board of Trustees will grant Yamauchi and the other students, honorary bachelor degrees at the university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony June 12.

Yamauchi’s widow, Anne, says she’s looking forward to accepting the degree on his behalf. “He was anxious to continue his schooling after camp,” she said. “He was very ambitious.”

Honorees or their relatives have been invited to accept the degrees.Most of the honorary degrees will be awarded posthumously, as the university knows of only one student still living.

“These individuals, who were our students, were required by federal order to leave our community as a result of the fear, racial hatred and hostility that prevailed in the wake of Pearl Harbor,” said President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. “We honor these former students to recognize their courage and sacrifice, to address the injustice that occurred, and with hope that this recognition contributes to the healing process.”

The university announced its plans as the Japanese American community marks its Day of Remembrance, the annual observance of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which began the forced removal of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were native-born citizens of the United States.  Although it might bring back painful memories of a period in American history, the remembrance provides an ongoing reminder of the dangers of prejudice borne of ignorance and fear.

In observance of the Day of Remembrance, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Friends of Minidoka, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and Seattle University will sponsor the Remembrance Taiko Festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Piggott Auditorium on the SU campus.

Lorraine Bannai, a professor at the School of Law and associate director of the law school’s Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, said recognizing the wrong done to these students and presenting the degrees they would have received is an important part of the healing process.

“While these students suffered grievous losses, they endured and survived, and most were able to pick up the broken pieces of their lives and rebuild,” said Bannai, whose own parents were incarcerated during the war.

Tom Yamauchi did indeed rebuild, going on to a successful career with Boeing and the Northrup Corp., and a long marriage with Anne before his death in 1990.

Other honorees identified include:

John Fujiwara, who was never able to complete his college degree but found success as a Boeing photographer for 30 years.

  • Ben Kayji Hara, who volunteered with the Army soon after he was incarcerated, was sent overseas and died in Tokyo in 1945.
  • Shigeko (Iseri) Hirai, who eventually completed her nursing degree before moving to Chewelah, Wash. to farm seed potatoes with her husband.
  • Dr. May (Shiga) Hornback, who moved to Montana to avoid incarceration and went on to earn a Ph.D.  and become a nursing professor at the University of Wisconsin.
  • June (Koto) Sakaguchi, who moved to Colorado to finish her nursing degree and    eventually settled and raised her family in Milwaukie, Wis.
  • Mitsu Shoyama, who went on to receive her nursing degree at St. Boniface Hospital in Manitoba, followed by a successful nursing career in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Joanne Misako (Oyabe) Watanabe, who was incarcerated at Minidoka, then returned with her husband to Seattle several years later and raised eight children.
  • Find more information on the Remembrance Taiko Festival at: http://sites.google.com/site/dayofremembrancetaikofestival/

    As part of the recognition of its former students, the university is organizing a series of discussions, exhibits and historical programs for the university community and the public. Planning is underway and details will be announced soon.

    The university is also urging Japanese Americans students or their relatives, whose SU educations were disrupted by the wartime exclusion and incarceration orders to contact Junsen Ohno, administrator for the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality, 206-398-4283.

    Announcing Honorary Undergraduate Degree Recipients

    Posted in Honorary Degrees, Japanese American Incarceration, Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:51 pm by minidokapilgrimage

    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

    This week marks the 69th anniversary of a sad and shameful chapter in our nation’s history. On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the United States government authority for the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans.

    Following the bombing on Pearl Harbor, 120,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were ordered from the West Coast and sent to desolate camps. Among the incarcerated were a number of students enrolled here at Seattle University, who through no fault of their own were suddenly removed from their studies. The indignities and injustices they endured can never be undone, but as a university committed to empowering leaders for a just and humane world we are called in a special way to help with the healing process.

    At our undergraduate commencement ceremony on June 12, we will confer honorary bachelor degrees upon these men and women in recognition of the work they did as students and the academic achievements they likely would have realized had they been permitted to continue their studies here. Efforts are now underway to contact the intended recipients or their families. We are very much looking forward to welcoming them back to Seattle University.

    Honoring these men and women further affirms our long and special relationship with the Japanese American community. Before World War II a community of Japanese Americans lived on what is now south campus. Famed sculptor George Tsutakawa’s “Centennial Fountain” sits in the heart of campus. Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese immigrant who was incarcerated at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, designed nine beautiful gardens on our campus. In April 2006, the university dedicated its Japanese American Remembrance Garden, designed by Fujitaro Kubota’s grandson, Allan Kubota, as a tribute to the community that once thrived here.

    As we prepare to recognize these Japanese American honorees at commencement, the university is also organizing an exhibit, discussions and other educational programs related to the removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. On Sunday, Feb. 20, the university is co-sponsoring the Day of Remembrance 2011 Taiko Festival, at 2 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium to observe the signing of Executive Order 9066. The campus community is encouraged to attend.

    I want to thank the committee members who are working on preparations for this year’s honorary degrees: Co-chairs, School of Law Professor Lori Bannai, associate director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and Dale Watanabe, international student advisor at the International Student Center; and the many who are contributing to this project including Casey Corr, director of strategic communications in Marketing Communications; Angelique Davis, assistant professor of political science; Kerry Fitz-Gerald , law school reference librarian; Katherine Hedland Hansen, director of communications in the law school; Jacquelyn Miller, associate provost for faculty affairs; and Kathy Ybarra, assistant to the president.

    As we prepare for this year’s commencement, let us remember what the Japanese Americans of the 1940s went through, the costs of ignorance and prejudice and the importance of moral leadership in confronting social wrongs during times of crisis and conflict.

    Sincerely,

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

    Office of the President

    901 12th Avenue, Admn 109
    PO Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090

    Tel. (206) 296-1891
    http://www.seattleu.edu

    February 15, 2011

    Day of Remembrance 2011 Taiko Festival

    Posted in 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka Pilgrimage, Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:21 pm by minidokapilgrimage

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 16, 2011

    Day of Remembrance 2011 Taiko Festival

    Seattle, WA – On February 19th, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which forcibly expelled over 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents from the west coast and into incarceration camps during the Second World War. In order to raise awareness of this historic event the Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee, in partnership with the Friends of Minidoka and Seattle University, is proud to present the second annual Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival on Sunday February 20th, 2011. The concert will take place at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium located at 1016 E. Marion St. from 2pm – 5pm and will feature a variety of performances from local Pacific Northwest Taiko Groups including Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, One World Taiko, Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi/The School of Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko and Seattle Matsuri Taiko.

    The concert is being held in conjunction with Seattle University’s observation of the national Day of Remembrance which commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 and provides an ongoing reminder about the dangers of sacrificing civil and constitutional rights in the name of national security. In recalling the events of February 1942, the Japanese American community aims to remind the public about the need to protect civil rights and is especially relevant in a post 9/11 world.

    Tickets for the concert are only $20 and can be purchased at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) main office at 511 – 16th Ave. South or via Pay Pal on the Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival website (http://tinyurl.com/2011taiko). Tickets purchased through Pay Pal will be available at will-call on the day of the concert. Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win a 42” LCD television. Cost is $10 per ticket, and will be available from Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee members at the concert, and through the JCCCW (participants need not be present at the concert to be eligible to win the grand prize).

    For more information about this fantastic fundraising concert please visit the Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival website at http://tinyurl.com/2011taiko or contact the Minidoka Pilgrimage at mailto:minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com.

    January 19, 2011

    2011 Day of Remembrance Taiko Concert, Feb 20, 2011

    Posted in 2011 Minidoka Pilgrimage, Bainbridge Island, Minidoka Pilgrimage, Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:15 pm by minidokapilgrimage

    For Immediate Release

    Day of Remembrance 2011 Taiko Festival

    Seattle, WA – January 14, 2011- The “Day of Remembrance” is an annual observance of the signing of Executive Order 9066, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry to be imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.

    Decades later, the order was deemed unconstitutional and was belatedly but dramatically reversed by the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Despite the reparations that were issued because of this act, Japanese Americans still feel a need for an official time for remembrance.

    In honor of this historical event, the 2nd annual Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival will be held Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 1016 E. Madison St.

    Tickets are $20 each.  They are available at JCCCW (Japanese Community Cultural Center of Washington) or at www.MinidokaPilgrimage.org .  JCCCW main office is located at 511 16th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144, 206-568-7114.

    The groups performing will be: Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, One World Taiko, Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi/The School of Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Seattle Matsuri Taiko.  The program will also include a reading by Larry Matsuda from his book “A Cold Wind From Idaho.”

    Matsuda was born in the Minidoka, Idaho War Relocation Center during World War II. His poems appear in Poets Against the War website, The Raven Chronicles, New Orleans Review, Floating Bridge Press, Cerise Press and the International Examiner Newspaper. He was a junior high language arts teacher and Seattle School District administrator and principal for twenty-seven years.

    Raffle tickets will also be sold for a chance to win a 42-inch LCD television. Cost is $10 per ticket, and will be available from Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee members at the concert, and through the JCCCW (participants need not be present at the concert to be eligible to win the grand prize).  Funds from this raffle will go to help support the Minidoka Pilgrimage and Friends of Minidoka Honor Roll Project.

    Contact:
    Ann Fujii Lindwall
    fujiilindwall@comcast.net
    Ph:  (206) 251-6713

    March 22, 2010

    More 2010 Taiko Concert Pictures

    Posted in Taiko Festival Pictures tagged , at 6:34 pm by minidokapilgrimage

    Here’s a link to some more pictures from the 2010 Taiko Concert from Ryan Kozu.  Enjoy!

    http://picasaweb.google.com/minidokapilgrimage/2010TaikoFundraisingConcert

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