Category Archives: Community Events

Activities occurring around the Nikkei/Japanese Community in Seattle, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest

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.


2016 Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund Raising – Update

As of 5 May 2016, the Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai is happy to report that the funding raising effort to support the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief and Recovery effort has raised over $41,000! All funds collected by Peace Winds America is being transferred to Peace Winds Japan who is providing direct support to impacted residents of Kumamoto.

Thank you everyone for your generous support and donations provided to Peace Winds Japan!


Calvin J. Terada, President                                                                          Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai

Award Winning Kumamoto Tamana Girls High School Band & Kapowsin High School Wind Ensemble Concert

The Tamana Girls HS Band from Kumamoto (They have competed at the All Japan Band Association’s National Finals 7 time and received a gold medal – champion of Japan – 3 times. They aslo have competed at the All Japan Marching Contest’s National Finals 18 times and received a gold medal -champion of Japan – 14 times) is performing with the Grahama-Kapowsin High School Wind Ensemble led by Paul Bain. Come and witness how those wonderful students communicate thought music. I guarantee that it is going to be a magical Sunday afternoon for you!

2016 Tamana Girls HS Band Concert

2016 Tamana Girls HS Band Concert


Kumamoto Aid from Seattle

Join us on Friday, 3 June 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00PM at the Google Kirkland Campus for the Kumamoto Aid from Seattle benefit concert to raise funds for the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief and Recovery effort. Admission is free and so is parking. All donations will go toward Peace Winds America who will transfer 100% of the donated funds to Peace Winds Japan for earthquake relief.

The Google Kirkland Campus is located at 747 6th Street South, Kirkland, WA 98033.

Click here for more information.


2012 Japanese Cultural and Community Center Tomodachi Award

On March 9, 2012, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington presented the Tomodachi award to the Kenjin Kai Groups in the Seattle area.  The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai was one of the awardees.

Receiving the award ceremony on behalf of the Kenjin Kai is Calvin Terada, President, Tina Terada-Santos, Vice-President, and Judge Vicki Toyohara Mukai, Board Member.

JCCCW Tomodachi Award

JCCCW Tomodachi Award

2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

SeattleJapanRelief is an collaboration of Japanese American and Japan related cultural, educational, and civic organizations standing together to promote relief and recovery following the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. We are committed to mobilizing funds quickly in support of immediate relief efforts. We are also steadfast in our resolve to remain involved with long-term recovery efforts. The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai is one of the sponsoring organizations for this effort. To donate, please go to the website: