• 1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98144
  • (206) 322-1122
  • info@nvcfoundation.org

ACRS: Walk for Rice
Saturday, June 29,
Seward Park, Seattle

Join the effort to bring culturally familiar food to thousands of families in King County. Walk for Rice brings people and communities together to raise funds for the ACRS Food Bank in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, nutrition program, and outreach about food insecurity in Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (ANHPI) communities. The fundraising campaign kicks off in the spring and culminates in a multicultural community celebration and three-mile walk at Seward Park on June 29. Information and Registration: https://give.acrs.org/event/walk-for-rice-2024/e547615

Ayame Kai Guild: Treasures Past & Present
Saturday, June 29,
11:00am – 3:00pm
4601 6th Ave S, Seattle
Uwajimaya Corporate Offices)

Come shop at Ayame Kai’s Summer fundraising event, Treasures Past & Present, to benefit Keiro Northwest programs, Kokoro Kai senior day program, and Nikkei Manor, the 50-room assisted living facility in the Seattle Chinatown/International District. Community members and organizations will sell vintage Japanese items, collectables, and other gently used items. Ayame Kai crafters and bakers will prepare their ever-popular handicrafts and treats for sale. An Asian goods section will feature previously owned items looking for a new home. For any questions, please email ayamekai.keironw@gmail.com

Japan Fair 2024
Saturday, June 29, 10am-6pm and Sunday, June 30,
Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue

Japan Fair is a free, two-day festival in Bellevue, WA across the lake from Seattle, 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 onstage, hands-on exhibits, cultural workshops, and vendor booths, the public is immersed in the music, dance, artisanry, and philosophy of Japan. Stay tuned for more information! https://www.japanfairus.org/

Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple Bon Odori
1427 South Main Street, Seattle
Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21,
2:00pm – 8:00pm

The 92nd Bon Odori festival, held Sat-Sun July 20-21, 2024, at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, honors ancestors who have passed on and celebrates their ongoing presence in our daily lives. The beautiful and unique festival, also known as Obon, is full of sound, color, dancing, and family. The main event features traditional music and dancing in the street. Many festival-goers dress in traditional Japanese clothing – Japanese kimono, yukata or happi coats – and participate in the dancing. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations. [Note: the scale and number of offerings will be limited this year due to the fire damage from January.] Information: https://seattlebetsuin.com/2024-obon/

White River Buddhist Temple Bon Odori
3625 Auburn Way North, Auburn
July 27, 4pm – 9pm

Obon (お盆) is the Japanese Buddhist holiday to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is of significant religious importance and is the biggest event of the year for the Temple. The temple looks forward to welcoming back the public to this year’s event with food booths (including a new menu!), an Obon Service, Kids’ Obon Dance, a Beer Garden, Obon dancing, taiko performances by Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Taiko Group and Seattle Matsuri Taiko, and more! More information: www.wrbt.org  or facebook.com/whiteriverbt   

Tacoma Buddhist Temple: Bon Odori 2024
1717 S. Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma
Saturday, August 3,
4pm – 8pm

The summer Bon Odori Festival Event has been an annual tradition for over 65 years sponsored by the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. The public is welcome to participate and enjoy traditional Japanese festival dancing, taiko drumming entertainment, Japanese food, memorial candle lighting, beer garden serving local beer and sake. Candle lighting ceremony in the garden after the Bon Odori. This event is free, everybody is welcome. Information: https://www.tacomabt.org/

2024 Kawabe Summerfest!
Sunday, August 25, 11am to 3pm
Kawabe Memorial House,
221 18th Ave. S. Seattle

This one-day event will be held in the street in front of the Kawabe Memorial House. Come and enjoy food, a bake sale, music, demonstrations, raffle drawing, and street dancing. This is a free event! Food for purchase will be provided by the Kawabe House Board of directors and residents. For information, email: emi@kawabehouse.org

Puyallup Valley JACL: Grand Opening of Remembrance Gallery
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA
Friday, August 30,
Time TBD

The “Puyallup Assembly Center” Remembrance Gallery tells the story of the Nikkei in Washington State who were removed or otherwise affected by Executive Order 9066 during WWII in a unique combination of a memorial and historical experience. Over 7,600 names of Japanese and Japanese Americans who were all wrongfully incarcerated on the Puyallup Fairgrounds will permanently be displayed. For years to come, the Remembrance Gallery will serve as a visual reminder of this injustice. We strive to honor our beloved family and friends who were innocent people wrongly imprisoned, to educate the public, and to highlight that what happened over 80 years ago echoes in the inequities and racial prejudices happening now.

Franklin High School Class of 1974 — 50-Year Reunion
Terry’s Kitchen, Bellevue
Saturday, September 21

FHS Class of 1974 will be celebrating their milestone 50-year reunion this year.  Mark your calendar for Saturday September 21, 2024.  The venue will be “Terry’s Kitchen” in Bellevue, WA with dinner, entertainment, music, dancing, and lots of socializing to catch up with classmates.  Details will be sent out via email and updated on our Facebook page.  Classmates are asked to please send your contact phone number and current email address to quakers1974@gmail.com  Facebook users should also sign into our Facebook page: “Franklin High School Class of ’74”.  Go Fighting Quakers!