First Thurs July: Artist Updates With Norimi Kusanagi Online Event Thursday, July 2nd 12:00 am - 11:30 pm We will not be having hands-on workshops in the garden for a while. But, Norimi Kusanagi who has been quarantined just like the rest of us, at her home on Bainbridge Island, has continued to make more pressed flower art using plants she finds in her neighborhood.
Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion Online Event Thursday, July 9th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories, a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting Clarence Moriwaki for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM. Moriwaki will deliver a presentation entitled, “Let it Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion.” Registration is required.
Tadaima! Book Club: NO-NO BOY and John Okada Online Event Friday, July 10th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Join Frank Abe, co-editor of JOHN OKADA, and moderator Vince Schleitwiler for a live Book Club presentation and discussion of the novel NO-NO BOY and the story of the author behind it. Learn how a Nisei veteran of the MIS came to write the classic work of fiction about a Nisei draft resister. Tadaima! is a virtual camp pilgrimage designed to take the place of all the physical pilgrimages that had to be cancelled this summer.
Japanese American Incarceration on Indigenous Lands Online Event Saturday, July 11th 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Japanese American WWII incarceration, like all of American history, unfolded on occupied Indigenous lands. This panel delves into these historical intersections at the Poston, Gila River, and Heart Mountain concentration camps, as well as the Leupp detention facility. Indigenous scholars, public historians, and community leaders doing this important work will share their perspectives on how to acknowledge and commemorate these complex histories, while also strengthening relationships between Japanese American survivors and descendants and the nations who still call these sites home.
Nikkei Block Party Week 4 ft. Storyteller Alton Chung Online Event Saturday, July 11th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Join us at another Nikkei Block Party for a mix of stories, music and more! We'll start off with readings by Larry Matsuda ("The Noble Thing") and Hiroshi Kashigawa ("A Meeting at Tule Lake.). Then, we'll turn to performer Margaret Ozaki Graves. Finally, we'll finish off the night with storyteller Alton Chung!
Virtual Tanabata Online Event Saturday, July 11th All day Join us for the annual Tanabata 七夕, Japanese star festival - Normally, Tanabata at the garden is a family-friendly event full of magnificent colors, fun craft making, and Tanzaku wishing station. This year, the event is going to be all virtual and still lots of fun!
Virtual Bon Odori Online Event Saturday, July 18th 4:00 pm Due to causes and conditions outside of our control, our in-person event scheduled for July 18-19, 2020 is cancelled and we will be moving to an online event that will premiere on YouTube/Facebook.
How The Internet Works Online Event Saturday, July 18th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Engineers from Seattle (U.S.A.) and Japan will conduct classes in English, connected in real-time via video conference tool. Everyone will use the same material, and they will be challenged to participate in class with quizzes and small activities. It will be an online class using the video conferencing service “Zoom” where the teacher and students can interact. Even if you don’t understand English well, we will make it fun! Participation is free. You'll need a computer with an Internet connection (you’ll need to install Zoom) and a Google account.
Japanese Ceramics | "連" (ren) - Forging a Sense of Solidarity Portland Japanese Garden 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205 Sunday, July 19th 10:00 am Portland Japanese Garden is showing a new exhibition of Japanese ceramics "連" (ren) - Forging a Sense of Solidarity. A stunning display of 35 pieces of Japanese ceramics on loan to us from personal collections can be enjoyed in the Pavilion Gallery, featuring everyday objects to sculptural pieces fit for a grand foyer. The exhibition represents a range of aesthetics and artistry, and paints intimate stories of the owners’ connections to the Garden.
Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest: A Virtual Celebration Online Event Thursday, July 23rd 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Each year, the Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest heightens awareness of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo by challenging both new and experienced writers to write a story that showcases familiarity with the neighborhood and the people in it. Writers from three categories—Adult, Youth, and Japanese language—weave fictional stories set in the past, present, or future. Each category winner will be awarded a cash prize and their story will be published in The Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei website. This year’s winning stories captured the spirit and cultural essence of Little Tokyo. Though we are not able to gather in Little Tokyo, Imagine Little Tokyo is bringing the awards ceremony online! Actors Tamlyn Tomita, Derek Mio, and Eijiro Ozaki will perform dramatic readings of the winning stories from each category and the winners themselves will have the opportunity to share brief reflections. THIS PROGRAM IS FREE, BUT RSVPs ARE REQUIRED USING THE TICKET LINK. You will be emailed links and instructions to join via Zoom.
Virtual Tomodachi Gala Online Event Tuesday, August 11th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Our annual Tomodachi Gala is a festive occasion that brings together friends, family, and supporters. The COVID-19 pandemic has us hitting pause on reuniting in person for our October 31st Tomodachi Gala date. Instead, we hope you can join us from the safety of your home at our “Virtual Tomodachi Gala”, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. (PST). We encourage you to invite friends and family from across the country and around the world! The event is FREE to join! Watch video message from Lori Matsukawa, a co-chair of the event and learn more here.