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.

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 first-hand.

The Day of Remembrance marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President 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 1:00 PM, Concert begins at 2:00 PM

Location: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Ticket Price: $20 General Admission

Tickets Available at:

  • Brown Paper Tickets: 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 call (206) 296-6260

Further Information:

Sponsors: Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Seattle University International Student Center

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