Promote cultural, educational and social values & preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community.
“Strengthening Our Community Through Action”
Hybrid in Las Vegas and Online – August 3rd through 7th, 2022
Let’s unite and reunite, in-person and virtually, to take action for our community!
After having to cancel the 2020 Convention due to COVID-19, the 2022 Convention’s theme is “Strengthening Our Community Through Action”, which also builds upon last year’s theme of “Communities Forged Under Fire”. This year’s convention will take place at the same time and place as our partner organization, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates. We plan to meet in-person with digital content for attendees to tune in from anywhere!
What to Look Forward to in 2022:
Enjoy our first convention back in-person!
Full access to four days of programming
Expanded workshop and mixer opportunities
Attend in-person or online!
NCWNP District is once again sponsoring a virtual event honoring the courage and sacrifices of our veterans past and present. We invite you to this year’s event to be held on May 29th SUNDAY at 1 pm PDT.
We are pleased to welcome Robert Horsting back to share his insight gleaned from oral history collected from Nisei veterans that is part of a collaborative effort for Shane Sato’s second-volume coffee table book of Nisei Veterans photographs: Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy. Always the skilled storyteller, Robert will share a few stories in the book as well as a documentary on Shane’s passion to capture the essence of their valor thru his photography.
“I want people to remember what they did when they had everything against them. Hopefully, the next generation will be able to look at what these men did and talk about that.” – Shane Sato
Please join us – the RSVP link in the attached flyer. Deadline for sign-up is May 27th. This is a FREE limited space event. Donations welcome. Download Flyer.
The annual all-day conference is being held Thursday, September 23, 2021. Activities include LGBTQ sponsored workshop, General Meeting and Taco Bout A Party Dinner. Click Title for more info.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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