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19 February 2019

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Jan. 18 through May 27
The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation announces the opening of the exhibition “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” at The Presidio in San Francisco. Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. For more information, online at

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17
Marysville Chapter Japanese American Citizens League has announced Day of Remembrance events for the Sutter County region. All events will be held at Ettl Hall, Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, 1333 Butte House Rd., Yuba City.
Friday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County and Marysville JACL commemorate the day in 1942, when FDR signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII. The US Post Office will be on hand with a special cancellation. University of Colorado travelling exhibit and artifacts created in camp by members of local families, Ikebana flower arrangements, music by Brian Nakagawa.
Saturday, Feb. 16,
12 noon to 5 p.m.
Video Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey introduced by Jesse Dizard of Chico State and Jim Tanimoto.  Jim, a resident of Gridley, is the last living member of the group of men’ known in Tule Lake as Block 42, who protested the internment of Japanese Americans.
Followed by the video “The Art of Gaman” with origami demonstration by Michelle Greer.
Sunday, Feb. 17,
12 noon to 5 p.m.
Video “Searchlight Serenade” introduced by Roy Hatamiya of Yuba City. The video details the experience of Japanese American musicians during WWII. As a teenager incarcerated at Tule Lake, Roy played trumpet with the Down Beats and the Moonlight Serenaders. Followed by the video video “Camp Amache.”

Sunday, Feb. 17
Duncan Ryuken William will discuss his latest publication, “American Sutra,” at 10 a.m., at Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine St.

Sunday, Feb. 17
The Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2019 will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the AMC Kabuki 8 Cinemas, 1881 Post St. (at Fillmore) in San Francisco Japantown. Candlelight procession and reception to follow.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Join JAMsj in exploring the meaning of Day of Remembrance and the relevance of what Japanese Americans have learned from the World War II mass incarceration experience for understanding what is happening today. The event will be held at the museum, located at 535 N. 5th Street, San Jose, from 1 to 3 p.m., and feature a discussion moderated by Rose Aguilar, host of “Your Call.” Admission is free but requires an RSVP to Be sure to join us after for the Day of Remembrance commemoration at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Church. To RSVP, call the museum at (408) 294-3138 or email

Sunday, Feb. 24
The five Monterey Bay area JACL chapters will be observing “Day of Remembrance 2019” from 1:30 to 4 p.m., on the 77th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 at the site of the “Salinas Assembly Center” on North Main Street in Salinas. San Benito County JACL chapter, has planned an exciting program. More details to follow.

Saturday, March 2
“Wesley Goes Calypso” is Wesley U.M.C.’s Caribbean fundraising event from 7 to 9 p.m., at the church located at 566 N. 5th Street in San Jose. The event will be a fun night featuring the Wesley Jazz Ensemble playing upbeat island music, Yu-Ai Kai line dancers, limbo games, and costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $25 for adults, includes snacks and refreshments, and go on sale Sunday, Feb. 10. For more information, call the church at (408) 295-0367.

Saturday, March 16
Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Service will celebrate its 45th anniversary at the Santa Clara Marriott. The event will be dedicated to the late Jimi Yamaichi, a longtime supporter, advocate and advisor of Yu-Ai Kai. Exciting entertainment will come from Hawaii as Herb Ohta, Jr. has been secured to perform. Yu-Ai Kai members have enjoyed his performances in the past. The Gala committee hopes the community will participate in as many ways as possible, with sponsorships, auction donations, as table hosts and with individual attendance. Co-chairs, Ben Katai and Jane Kawasaki, ask everyone to put the date on their calendar. Tables of 10 will have a discount so they urge all to start working on inviting friends to fill tables. For more information, call Yu-Ai Kai at (408) 294-2505.

Sunday, March 31
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose and The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin presents a lecture and book signing by the author of “American Sutra,” renowned USC professor, Duncan Ryuken Williams, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the San Jose Buddhist Church Hondo. Books will be available at the event for $29.95 plus tax. Event is free and open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. Please call the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin to sign up for the lecture. The church’s phone number is (408) 293-9292 or text to (408) 482-5849, with your name, number in party and state if you wish to reserve a copy of the book. For further information, please contact Janice Doi at

April 13-14, 20-21
52nd annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, all day, Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, San Francisco. Attended by more than 200,000 each year, the festival will feature food booths, cultural performances, martial arts, live bands, the annual Queen Program, and more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday, April 21, beginning at City Hall and concluding in Japantown. More info: or call (415) 563-2313.

Sunday, April 14
59th Annual Morgan Hill Haru Matsuri and Taiko Expo at Morgan Hill Buddhist Community Center, Morgan Hill. Free admission and parking. Visit

Saturday, April 27
Stockton JACL and San Joaquin Genealogy Society will host a seminar on researching your Japanese ancestry. More details to follow.

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28
Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities, Inc. is sponsoring the 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Cupertino’s Memorial Park, Quinlan Center and Senior Center. This fun family festival honors Cupertino’s sister city relationship with Toyokawa, Japan by sharing Japanese arts and culture with the entire community. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free, entertainment is free, and parking is free at De Anza College (Lots A&B). For more information about this event visit

Sunday, May 5
The 42nd annual Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose Japantown from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.