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

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January 9, 2015

2015 Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser

Posted in Day of Remembrance, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka, News, Taiko Festival tagged , , , , , at 1:46 pm by minidokapilgrimage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Taiko Concert to Benefit Pilgrimage to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Idaho
Seattle, WA – January 9, 2015

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University are proud to present the Day of Remembrance 2015 Taiko Concert on Sunday, February 15, 2015.

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.

A free exhibit in the Paccar Atrium, located directly outside the auditorium, will include displays about the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University, National Park Service and the Minidoka National Historic Site, and the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee/NVC Foundation.  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 13th 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 73rd 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 15, 2015
Time:  Exhibit hall opens at 1:00pm, Concert begins at 2:00pm
Location: Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Ticket Price: $20 General Admission
Tickets Available at:

  • Brown Paper tickets at: http://dayofremembrancetaiko2015.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, subject to ticket availability

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

 

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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January 28, 2014

Minidoka Pilgrimage 2014 Taiko Fundraiser

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Buy your tickets here at Brown Paper Tickets: 
http://dayofremembrancetaiko.bpt.me

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Minidoka Pilgrimage 2014 Taiko Fundraiser

Seattle, WA – December 18, 2013 – In recognition of Japanese American Day of Remembrance and the 72nd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee and Seattle University are proud to present the Day of Remembrance 2014 Taiko Fundraiser on Sunday, February 23, 2014.  The event will open at Noon and the concert featuring taiko groups from throughout the Seattle area will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23rd in 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://dayofremembrancetaiko.bpt.me.  Parking is provided at the Broadway Garage of Seattle University.  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 be available at the International Student Center of Seattle University in the James C. Pigott Pavilion for Leadership.

A free exhibit in the Paccar Atrium directly outside the auditorium will open at Noon and will feature displays from the Law Library of Seattle University, National Park Service and the Minidoka National Historic Site, and the Seattle Nisei Veterans and Nisei Veterans Foundation.  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 concert benefits the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage to Twin Falls, Idaho.  This will be the 12th 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.  Recent improvements include the Honor Roll, dedicated in 2011, which lists the names of approximately 1,000 individuals that enlisted from Minidoka and served in the army and 2014 will include the dedication of a restored guard tower at the entrance area.

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, the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University and the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee.

Dale H. Watanabe
watanad@seattleu.edu
Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee/Seattle University

January 14, 2013

2013 Day of Remembrance Taiko Festival

Posted in Day of Remembrance, Japanese American Incarceration, Minidoka, Taiko Festival tagged , , , , , at 10:37 am by minidokapilgrimage

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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.

Contact:
Bif Brigman
bif@jcccw.org
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
206-568-7114

Dale Watanabe
watanad@seattleu.edu
Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee
206-296-6260

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

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

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

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    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

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