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2020 Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai New Years Party

The 2020 Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai New Years Party will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 11:30AM to 2:30PM at Blaine Methodist Memorial Church in Seattle, Washington. The address for our party is 3001 24th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington. A short program will be followed by entertainment and BINGO game with prizes. Bentos must be preordered by January 10, 2020, but all other snacks, tea, water, and cake are complementary. Children will receive complementary pizza in lieu of ordering bento. While membership is not required to participate, the Kenjin Kai is a member-based organization so your yearly support is gladly accepted (Individual Membership $10 and Family Membership $20).

2019 Auburn’s Pioneer Cemetery Rededication

Dedication Ceremony and Celebration Event Planned for Auburn’s Historic Pioneer CemeteryCemetery honors early pioneers and Japanese American Families

BY PRESS RELEASE – CITY OF AUBURN ON JULY 23, 2019

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Pioneer Cemetery | Photo courtesy City of auburn

The City of Auburn, in partnership with the White River Valley Museum, Mountain View Cemetery, White River Buddhist Temple and Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, is hosting a dedication event at Auburn’s historic Pioneer Cemetery on August 22 from 6-7 p.m. The event will celebrate the restoration projects that have taken place at this important historic site and will include a greeting from Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and an invocation and dedication of the newly restored Tora Kato monument from the White River and Seattle Buddhist temples.

Pioneer Cemetery was officially established in the 1860s and has gone by many names in the past: Faucett Cemetery, the Cemetery at Slaughter, the Japanese Cemetery and the Auburn Pioneer Cemetery. It sits on the busy corner of Auburn Way and 8th Street, but inside its gates is a story of dedication, perseverance, and reverence.

The cemetery has two main sections — early pioneering families and Japanese American families. It is a unique location with a rich history that includes stories of homesteading, immigration and dreams of a better life. In 2016, the cemetery became a King County and City landmark and in 2017 the White River Valley Museum worked with citizen volunteers, officials from the City of Auburn’s Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department, and Hoshide Wanzer Architects to create a master plan for its restoration. Restoration projects completed to-date include new walkways, interpretive signage, a gathering space and the restoration of the Tora Kato monument.

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Looking into Pioneer Cemetery | Photo courtesy City of Auburn

In the late 1930s, a commemorative monument was installed to honor the passing of Tora Kato and her four children whose lives were tragically taken by their father. During the height of anti- Japanese sentiments during WWII the Jizo statues that were attached to the monument were defaced or stolen. Jizo are Japanese Buddhist figures that are traditionally thought of as guardians who assist women and children. One of these statues was returned in the ’80s, leaving three empty spots. In the spring of 2018, three replacement Jizo were imported and installed on the newly stabilized monument.

Pioneer Cemetery restoration projects were made possible with funding from 4Culture, the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, as well as generous contributions from the Japanese American community.

2019 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Picnic

The 2019 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Family Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 11:30AM to 4:00PM at Seward Park Shelter #3 in Seattle, Washington. Many families and friends of members, along with JET alumni, came to have a wonderful time. The picnic is family friendly and especially geared toward families with young children.

2018 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Family Picnic!

The 2018 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Family Picnic will be held on Saturday, 7 July 2018 from 11:30AM to 4:00PM at Seward Park Shelter #3 in Seattle, Washington. All families and friends of members, along with JET alumni, are welcome to attend and have a wonderful time. The picnic is family friendly and especially geared toward families with young children.

2018 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Picnic

2017 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Family Picnic

The 2017 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai Summer Family Picnic will be held on Saturday, 8 July 2017 at Seward Park in Seattle, Washington (Shelter #3). The address for the park is 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, Washington.

– The event will be from 11:30AM to 4:00PM
– The Kenjin Kai will be providing hot dogs, chili, watermelon, water, and snacks
– Activities will include a raffle and lots of games for the whole family
– All families, friends of Kumamoto, Kumamon, JET Alumni, and member guests are welcome to attend!

For more information contact Facebook Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai or contact Suzuko Terada at suzukoterada@icloud.com

2017 Kumamoto High School Graduate Gift – Registration

The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai is proud to announce that the registration form for graduating high school seniors is now available for download. In order to be eligible for this gift, the graduate must be a member or a descendant of an active Kenjin Kai member. Membership forms for registration purposes can be found on the website.

More information about the gift can be directed to Suzuko Terada at suzukoterada@icloud.com

2016 Kumamoto HS Member Gift

2017 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai New Year Party – 21 January 2017

We are happy announce that registration for the 2017 Kumamoto Kenjin Kai New Year Party that is scheduled for Saturday, 21 January 2017 has begun. The party will take place from 1130AM to 230PM at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church at 3001 24th Avenue South in Seattle, Washington. Everyone is welcome to attend the event!

Attached is the registration form that needs to be filled out and mailed with payment to reserve your bento. Please also to make sure that your 2017 membership is active (payment can be made along with your bento order).

For questions about the party, please contact Vicky Yuki at vayuki@gmail.com or suzukoterada@icloud.com

2017 General NY Party Invitation Letter Updated

Auburn’s Pioneer Cemetery Honored as Landmark – August 4, 2016!

There are many Kumamoto Kenjin Kai members that are buried at the City of Auburn’s Pioneer Cemetery. This historic site for the Japanese and Japanese American community received Landmark status from the City of Auburn and King County, Washington. Attached is a newsletter from the White River Valley Museum that talks about the Landmark designation and next steps to preserve and protect this important historic property.

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