Promote cultural, educational and social values & preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
For those of you who missed the Virtual Memorial Day Event remembering the service and sacrifices of our Nisei veterans, a video is available. Click the post title to view links.
1. Opening Segment: https://youtu.be/J5lZ3xNQzv0
2. Message from Mayor Yves Bonjean: https://youtu.be/F0XSrhsiVBA
3. Keynote Speaker Marielle Tsukamoto: https://youtu.be/prf8n34MByk
4. Message from Shinye Gima: https://youtu.be/V5jTbjLyeHg
5. Closing of First Half: https://youtu.be/T6fG62QQ-nY
6. Back to Bruyeres & Pamela Young: https://youtu.be/IKPC_Dm2SeA
7. 100th Battalion Reenactment Group: https://youtu.be/_eV5cPgUVIE
8. Go For Broke National Education Committee: https://youtu.be/rUn6BdMZeag
9. Dream Big! & Keith Horikawa: https://youtu.be/sK4h0cf8bfY
10. Go For Broke Music Video & Kaze Jones: https://youtu.be/om1Lgt5rIzM
11. Yosh Nakamura & Closing Acknowledgements: https://youtu.be/XKTZogQk128
The memorial ceremony was presented by Master of Ceremonies, Steve Okamoto (San Mateo JACL). Rev. Henry Adams of San Mateo Buddhist Church provided the beautiful invocation that he explained as being something that embraces all religious backgrounds. The keynote speaker was Marielle Tsukamoto (Sacramento, CA), who reflected on her visit to Bruyeres. Dr. Shinye Gima (MIS vet – Honolulu) who gave a touching reflection on Memorial Day in the time of Covid-19. Todd Mizuriha (Portland, OR) performed both the National Anthem and Taps.
The memorial ceremony was followed by an educational program.
- BCo/100Btn/442RCT Re-enactment Group from Japan Video and Message with Hidenori Koda (Maizuru, JP)
- Video and Message from Go For Broke National Education Center
- Excerpts from JN Production’s “Dream Big! – A Post War Success Story: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII”
- A message from Col. Keith Horikawa, Former Commander of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, US Army Reserve (Honolulu, HI)
- Music Video and Interview with LA-based musician DC Kaze Jones (Los Angeles, CA)
- Closing Reflections by Yoshio (Yosh) Nakamura, Regimental Combat Team Veteran, (Los Angeles, CA)
A big thank you to Susan Yuen for splitting up the recordings into consumable and clear sections and for making all of the above possible.
Virtual Book Talk with John Tateishi
Hosted by Berkeley JACL
May 23 / 1-2:30PM PDT
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom info.
Buy book at Heyday Books with a 30% discount before 5/31.
Use code jaclberkeley at checkout
John Tateishi will be discussing his new book “REDRESS The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign of Japanese American Reparations”.
Information and “Mini-Fold-in” November 23, 2019. (view in browser)
We will bring tsuru from across the country, beat our taiko drums, and raise our voices to demand that this administration STOP REPEATING HISTORY!
Please join us to learn more about Tsuru Fold-Ins, Caravan for Justice, Petition to Close the Camps, Healing Circles for Change, JA Memorial Gathering, and local and regional protest actions.
Event Co-Sponsors so far: Parkview Presbyterian Church, Florin JACL-Sacrament Valley, Placer JACL, CAIR-Sacramento Valley/Central California, Campaign for Immigrant Detention Reform (CIDR), Jewish Action NorCal, National Lawyers Guild Sacramento, NorCal RESIST, Sacramento Buddhist Church
Please RSVP by Nov. 20th: Josh Kaizuka at email@example.com
For folding and stringing instructions for the Tsuru (paper cranes) click HERE
We look forward to seeing you there!
Satsuki Ina, Kathy Kojimoto, Christine Umeda, Marielle Tsukamoto,
Jesse Okutsu, Josh Kaizuka
Sister City Friendship Dinner – Where Sushi Meets Borsch
Date: Saturday, November 2
Location: Enmanji Buddhist Temple Memorial Hall 1200 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol
Join us for this special evening celebrating Sebastopol’s sister city relationships with Takeo, Japan and Chyhyryn, Ukraine. Delicious food from Ukraine and Japan. Cultural entertainment by the Burevisnyky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Sonoma County Taiko!
Proceeds from this year’s silent auction will be donated to Takeo World Friends for their rebuilding effort after the recent flooding disaster, which severely damaged the houses and businesses of many of our friends in Takeo.
Open to the public. Suggested donations: $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Information and questions:
Sebastopol World Friends Website
Kishi Bashi – Violin Tsunami
It is with great anticipation that the NCWNP District JACL sponsors the upcoming NCWNP District Gala Awards Recognition Luncheon to be held on April 6, 2019 at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, CA. This is a rare opportunity to honor those chapter members of the NCWNP District for their stalwart dedication to the mission of JACL. Join us in celebrating our district’s 90 years of unwavering commitment to civil rights and civic engagement.
Silent auction proceeds from this event will be dedicated to fundraising efforts for the Wakamatsu Tea Colony 150th Anniversary celebration – WakaFest150. A historic landmark farm in Placerville, California, it is the original site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony established June 8, 1869. As the site of the first Japanese colony in the USA, it marks the birthplace of the first Japanese American and grave site of the first Japanese immigrant woman buried in the USA.
We hope you will join us in this endeavor by contributing to our event in one of the following ways; place an ad in our program booklet, contribute with a silent auction item, make a monetary donation or attend our gala by sponsoring a table.
Berkeley JACL is proud to present
“An Afternoon of Artist Gene Sogioka’s Poston” – former Disney artist’s watercolors unveiled.
Saturday, March 24 – 1 pm – 3 p.m. – J-Sei, 1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA
Jean Sogioka La Spina will shows slides of her father’s work and talk about her book, “An American Family Album: Poston Camp II 1942-1943”
RSVP email: Berkeleyjacl@gmail.com
Learn more about Gene Sogioka