Our chapter’s 2013 Keiro Kai and Family Day came to North Bethesda Middle School on September 140. Festivities included teriyaki, sushi by our own top chef David Inoue, and for the first time ever entertainment by the Japan Commerce Association of Washington Band! Next up: Mochitsuki, December 14, North Bethesda Middle School, starting at noon. For more information, email Lhira22@gmail.com.
The 2013 JACL Convention came to Washington, D.C. July 24-26 with a slate of high-profile events that honored the 25th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act. Members of Congress, including Mike Honda and Doris Matsui, along with speakers such as Norm Mineta and John Tateishi opened the Convention with a dinner event that provided historical perspectives. At the National Archives, attendees were treated to a special viewing of Executive Order 9066 and the Civil Liberties Act side-by-side for the first time. And Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae of Japan graciously opened his residence for a grand closing ceremony that featured former Speaker of the House Jim Wright, a key architect of the passage of the Civil Liberties Act. DC Chapter Co-President John Tobe served as the convention co-chair, and dozens of chapter members served critical roles running the event.
The Washington, DC Chapter board members were sworn in at the Installation Lunch held January 26 at Meiwah Restaurant in Chevy Chase.
Attendees had the opportunity to hear National JACL Executive Director Priscilla Ouchida, in her keynote speech, lay out her vision for greater youth involvement in the organization. This course, Ouchida pointed out, included offering younger people roles of true leadership and responsibility. Historical icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. earned leadership roles while in their 20s, she noted, and the same path has to be opened within JACL.
Jeff Moy, chair of JACL’s youth program and emcee for the event, reminded attendees of that younger members may approach issues from a different perspective, but that approach can produce results as powerful as their predecessors’. Moy added that just because people are young does not mean they should automatically get relegated to the technology-related tasks, especially at the expense of gaining more comprehensive roles.
Board members inducted for 2013: Janice Nakano Faden and John Tobe, co-presidents; Leona Hiraoka, vice president; Georgette Furukawa-Martinez, secretary; Linda Sato Adams, membership chair; Jack Tobe, scholarship chair; Jeffrey Moy, youth chair/advisor; David Inoue, anti-hate liaison; Michelle Amano, district council delegate; Kaitlin Inamasu, communications liaison; Jason Hata and Amy Watanabe, program chairs; Craig Uchida, treasurer ex oficio (non-voting member). Congratulations to these officers, and may they lead the chapter through an engaging and prosperous 2013.
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More than 200 JACL members and guests celebrated at the December 2012 Mochitsuki. Young and old alike enjoyed bento plates and cheered during traditional rice pounding and mochi making at North Bethesda Middle School. The Crafty Ladies provided a wide assortment of handmade crafts for holiday shoppers to choose from. And attendees got to bid farewell to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, a long-time supporter of the Japanese American community whose term in the U.S. ended a few weeks later. JACL Chapter President Janice Faden presented the Ambassador and his wife, Fumiko, tokens of appreciation from the chapter.
JACL-DC reminds all members to vote this coming Tuesday! “The issues facing this country are weighty,” says Chapter President Janice Faden (pictured left, with board member Leona Hiraoka). “It’s a critical election year. Everyone should make sure they’re heard at the ballot box.”
Some 100 people gathered over bento boxes and green tea on September 15 to honor elders in the community, celebrate children, and thank Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki for his gracious partnership with the Japanese American community. As attendees enjoyed homemade sushi, chicken, desserts, and more, chapter President Janice Faden noted to the crowd that the day’s celebrants encompassed four generations – fitting for Keiro Kai and Family Day. The day was rounded out with a performance from the Washington Toho Koto Society and activities for the children. On December 8, the chapter will host another celebration – Mochitsuki – so mark your calendars now!
(Photos by Miya Hiraoka Sluchansky)
Above: Janice Faden (center), with Ambassador Fujisaki and wife Yoriko.
Below: (left) Long-time members enjoy pre-lunch festivities;
(right) even the youngest members pitch in.