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Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, presents WWII Nisei portraits in The Go For Broke Spirit Photo Exhibit, June 9 to July 22, in Washington, DC.

The portraits on view at the JICC are taken from Shane Sato’s hardcover books, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage and The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy. The exhibition runs from June 9 to July 22, 2022, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Admission is free. For more information:

Japanese American Veterans Association – HTTPS://WWW.JAVA-US.ORG/
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan – HTTPS://WWW.US.EMB-JAPAN.GO.JP/JICC/INDEX.HTML

Ayame Kai will hold a Summer Crafts Fair on Saturday, June 25, from 10 am – 2 pm at 4601 6th Ave S, Seattle (Uwajimaya Corporate Office) – just east of the 4th Ave S Costco.

The moment so many have been waiting for has finally arrived! Ayame Kai will be hosting a Summer Craft Fair on Saturday, June 25th from 10-2!! This parking lot event hosts vendors with unique arts, crafts, and treasured collectibles. Also includes baked goods for snacks and treats. Proceeds benefit Keiro Northwest Programs: Nikkei Manor – Assisted Living Facility and Kokoro Kai – Senior Activity Program. Free admission.

Questions? email AYAMEKAI.KEIRONW@GMAIL.COM or call 206.409.3062

ASUNARO sponsors Japan Fair 2022, which will be held Virtually on Saturday, July 9, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Japan Fair is a free festival that celebrates Japanese art and culture. Formerly known as “Aki Matsuri”, Japan Fair is a communal endeavor of musicians, artisans, community organizations, and businesses from both Japan and the U.S. who come together to share their products, talents, and knowledge of Japan. Through live performances on-stage, hands-on exhibits, cultural workshops, and vendor booths, the public is immersed in the music, dance, artisanry, and philosophy of Japan. Live stream on Japan Fair’s YouTube Channel:

Seattle Buddhist Temple holds its 90th Bon Odori Festival on Saturday, July 16 as a virtual festival – it will be online only.

For more information and to view the virtual Bon Odori: HTTPS://SEATTLEBETSUIN.COM/VSBO21/

Wing Luke Museum presents Understanding History: Why We are Here (Part 2) on Thursday, July 21, 7:00-8:30 PM PDT with panelists Lilly Kodama, Pio DeCano, II, and Viren Kamdar – on Zoom.

The Wing Luke Museum continues an exploration of regional history and colonialism with personal stories from the early AANHPI communities – panelists who trace their ancestry back to the 1800s and early 1900s – on the theme “why we are here.” Through these personal narratives, we can better understand both the contributions of AANHPI labor and intellect, as well as the roots of racism that still impact us today. This event will be moderated by the Wing Luke Museum Executive Director, Joël Barraquiel Tan. 


[Note: For the zoom video of Part 1 (featuring panelists Nemah Choubaquak, Bettie Luke, Daniel Pak, and Kulwant S. Johl) please check the Seattle Channel website, and for an overview framework presentation, please see Understanding History: In the Shadows of Colonialism, by Tracy Lai, tenured historian at Seattle Central College at HTTPS://WWW.SEATTLECHANNEL.ORG/VIDEOS?VIDEOID=X122139  ]

From Hiroshima to Hope holds its annual peace event program at Green Lake on Saturday, August 6, gathering at 6:00 pm with the program starting at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, August 6, candle-lit lanterns will once again float across Green Lake at From Hiroshima to HopeSeattle’s annual peace event honoring the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war and violence. This August marks the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings and the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of all Japanese Americans on the U.S. West Coast. The event begins at 6 PM with preparations, a program at 7 PM, and concludes with a lantern floating ceremony at 8 PM. The family program includes guest speaker and former KING5 anchor Lori Matsukawa; emcee and poet, Tara Villalba; music, poetry, and the popular Japanese American drumming group, Seattle Kokon Taiko. The is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome, on-site, or in advance through the website. The event will take place just south of the Bathhouse Theatre, on Green Lake’s NW shore, West Green Lake Drive North and Stone Ave North. Information at: HTTP://FROMHIROSHIMATOHOPE.ORG/EVENT-2/