Taiko Concert to Benefit Pilgrimage to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Idaho

The following is a press release from the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee.

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SEATTLE, WA — The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee 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.

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FILM: A Song For Manzanar To Be Featured At 2014 Women’s Independent Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA

The following is a press release from filmmaker Kazuko Golden.

A Song for Manzanar, a short film produced and co-directed by recent Columbia College of Chicago graduate Kazuko Golden, has been accepted and awarded in the Women’s Independent Film Festival. The movie will premiere on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 8:00 PM at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, California (see map below).

A Song for Manzanar is based on chapters of a novel being completed by Yoshimi Golden. The film draws upon a true story about the forced internment in 1942 of a young Japanese American father, mother, and their toddler son in Manzanar Concentration Camp located in the Owens Valley near Lone Pine, California.

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Manzanar Cemetery Monument Restored – In Photos

Photo: National Park Service

In recent days, the National Park Service began work on restoring and painting the cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site, and they shared photos of their work, now completed.

The famous white obelisk, the Soul Consoling Tower, is one of the few remaining structures from the Manzanar concentration camp and the cemetery it marks is where the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is held each year on the last Saturday in April.

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Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward – JAHSSC Event on October 25

The following is a press release from the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.

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The Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California (JAHSSC) will be dissolving next spring, 2015, after 37 years (35 since 1980 incorporation) of providing a variety of historical and cultural programs and projects in the Southern California area. JAHSSC was founded by educators, including George and Iku Kiriyama, Don Nakanishi, Lloyd Inui, Rei Kasama, Kiyo Fukumoto, and Evelynne Matsumoto, who saw the need to educate classroom teachers about the Japanese American experience. JAHSSC was the ONLY organization existing at the time to address this need. Since then, a number of organizations have arisen to fill the need, including the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

One of JAHSSC’s last public programs, Generations of Action: A Community Celebrates and Looks Forward, will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2:00 – 4:30 PM, at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 Torrance Bl., Torrance, 90503 (see map below). Traci Kato-Kiriyama is chairing this program, a retrospective as well as looking ahead to the future of the Japanese American community. She has gathered a dynamic group of community leaders and activists; they have been working hard at pulling together a not-to-be-missed program.

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