Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai – History

Kenjin Kai History: Established in 1907, the Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai has experienced steady progressive achievement in building the foundation to the solid status we enjoy today. Through challenging injustices, assisting one another when in need, working together with other Kenjin Kai in the area, promoting partnership with other community organizations, and preserving the historical relationship with the people of Kumamoto, Japan, the Kenjin Kai is healthy and 132 member strong. Members are made of up descendants, JET alumi, former residents, “Friends of Kumamoto” and most recently, “Friends of Kumamon.”

As the Kenjin Kai enters the second century of community service, we are focused on teaching about the past, serving the current membership, and planning for our future. We are a family oriented multi-generational organization that honors our history and heritage, supports education, and invites everyone that is interested to become a part of the Kumamoto family. The Kenjin Kai hosts three annual events, but supports many Japanese and Japanese American community events held throughout the greater Seattle area.  The three annual events are: New Year Party (Shinnenkai), Family Picnic, and Multi-Generational Bus Trip.

One of our greatest achievements is to serve as one of the founding support organizations of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. The purpose of the Cultural Center is to serve as a gathering place, educational center, and cultural foundation for Japanese and Japanese American history in the State of Washington. All of the Kenjin Kais meetings are held at the JCCCW.

George Takei at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington’s 7th Annual Tomodachi Luncheon.

George Takei at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington’s 7th Annual Tomodachi Luncheon.