May 18, 2012

2012 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival Pictures

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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

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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.

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

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

February 15, 2011

Day of Remembrance 2011 Taiko Festival

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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

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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