February 17, 2016

2016 Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser

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Taiko Concert to Benefit Pilgrimage to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Idaho

Seattle, WA – February 2, 2016

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University are proud to present the Day of Remembrance 2016 Taiko Concert on Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The Taiko Concert will feature performances by several renowned taiko groups from the Seattle area. Taiko refers to a traditional Japanese form of percussion using large barrel-shaped drums, dynamic playing styles, and choreographed movements. It is widely popular in Japanese American communities throughout the United States, and increasingly with youth groups.

This year we will feature the “Empty Chair” exhibit, focusing on Japanese who were forced out of Alaska. A total of approximately 200 Alaskan Japanese were affected by Executive Order 9066. The exhibit is based on “The Forced Removal and Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community” exhibit by Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and includes featured photos, artifacts, first-person narratives and documents of eight Juneau families.

This free exhibit will be featured in the Paccar Atrium, located directly outside the auditorium. Other displays will be provided by the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University, National Park Service and the Minidoka National Historic Site. Raffle ticket sales and a general store will also be in the atrium to help support the work of the Minidoka Pilgrimage.

The concert benefits the 14th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in southern Idaho. Minidoka was one of ten camps where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Today, it is a unit of the National Park System and is developing into an educational site about civil liberties. The pilgrimage brings together former incarcerees, their families and friends, and those interested in learning more about the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The pilgrimage offers a unique opportunity to hear and learn directly from those who experienced it firsthand.

The Day of Remembrance marks the 74th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt which led to the mass incarceration. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the injustices, race prejudice, hardships of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.

Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time:  Exhibit hall opens at 12:00pm, Concert begins at 1:00pm
Location: Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Ticket Price: $20 General Admission. $10 for students with identification.
Ticket Available at:
• Brown Paper tickets at: http://dayofremembrancetaiko2016.bpt.me/ Please bring identification for Will Call tickets, as no actual tickets will be provided.
• International Student Center of Seattle University in the James C. Pigott Pavilion
• Day of show at the Paccar Atrium
Parking: Provided at the Broadway Garage of Seattle University.
Questions: minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com or 206-296-6260
Sponsors: Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University International Student Center

January 14, 2013

2013 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

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Minidoka Pilgrimage 2013 Taiko Fundraiser

Seattle, WA – January 7, 2013 – In recognition of Japanese American Day of Remembrance and the 71st anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee and Seattle University are proud to present this year’s Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival 2013.  It will take place at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17th at the Pigott Building on the campus of Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue in Seattle, WA.  Tickets are $20 general, $10 for students with ID and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets, http://minidokataiko.brownpapertickets.com/.  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 the  display “Ancestry is not a Crime:  A Tribute to Gordon Hirabayashi” detailing his life and challenge of the incarceration and subsequent Coram Nobis case.  Also featured will be original photographs in a collection called “My Minidoka” by Johnny Valdez y Uno.  Raffle ticket sales and a general store will also be in the atrium to help support the work of the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee.

The taiko groups that are scheduled to perform are:  Seattle Matsuri Taiko, Inochi Taiko, Kaze Daiko, Ringtaro Tateishi School of Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Northwest Taiko, One World Taiko, Okinawa Kenjinkai Taiko (OKK), Stadium High School Taiko Club and Tacoma Fuji Taiko.  The program will conclude with a performance of all the groups together on stage.

The concert benefits the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage to Twin Falls, Idaho.  This will be the 11th year of the Pilgrimage.  As one of the ten original War Relocation Authority (WRA) camps, the Minidoka National Historic Site is currently a part of the National Park Service and continues to be developed as an educational site.  Currently there is an original Mess Hall and Barrack at the site of Block 22, as well as an original Fire Station, Warehouse and Root Cellar.  In addition, the Honor Roll listing the names of approximately 1,000 individuals that served in the army from Minidoka was dedicated in 2011.

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.

Sponsors of this event include: The International Student Center and Office of the President, Seattle University and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington.  Parking at the Broadway Garage at Seattle University is being hosted by the Office of the President.

Bif Brigman
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington

Dale Watanabe
Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee