Keiro Kai and Family Day – Volunteers Needed!

Help us make this year’s Keiro Kai and Family Day a total success!

On the day of the event (Sunday, September 18) we need some more volunteers to help with the following tasks: 

1. Helping direct cars and parking as people arrive in the parking lot

2. Serving food on the food line

3. Being a floating “goodwill ambassador” who checks on our seniors at the event to make sure they are feeling celebrated and having a good time. 

These tasks will not take the entire event time, so you will still have time to eat and mingle and enjoy the event.  Please e-mail us at if you are willing to volunteer for one of these roles (please indicate which one).

You may also contact Janet Nuzum or Michelle Amano, Keiro Kai’s Co-Chairs.

Thank you for your support of our senior community!

Keiro Kai and Family Day – Register Today!

Mark your calendar! On Sunday, September 18 from 12:00 – 2:30 PM, JACL DC Chapter will be celebrating Keiro Kai and Family Day! Join us for a day outdoors at the Cabin John Group Picnic Area (the same place as where we had this year’s picnic in June).

We are fortunate to have three JACL DC Top Chefs for the day:

  • Top Sushi Chef: David Inoue,
  • Top Teriyaki Chicken Chef: Janet Nuzum
  • Top Kalua Pork Chef: Michelle Amano.   

Plus more food and games for all ages, as we honor the senior members of our community. There is a large grassy area for families to bring balls or outdoor equipment for games. 

Please RSVP HERE no later than Tuesday, September 13.  If you have questions, need help with transportation or would to volunteer for the event, please contact us at

All are welcome!  JACL members & their families are free as well as our 65+ community. Non-members under 65 years old can pre-register for $10, pay $20 on-site, or become JACL members & receive all the JACL membership perks!

A Book of Condolences for the Passing of the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe 

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The Embassy of Japan announced that a book of condolences for the sudden passing of the Former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe will be opened at the Embassy of Japan as follows:

1. Date & Time
Monday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

2. Address

Embassy of Japan (at main entrance)
2520 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20008

* Please be advised that parking at the Embassy is unavailable.

“Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War” – Book Launch!

Members of author Zhuqing Li’s family would like to cordially invite you to the official book launch of Li’s, “Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War.” The celebration of Li’s book will take place at Rollins Congressional Club, 1621 Martha Terrace, Rockville, Maryland, 20852, on Sunday, July 10th, 2022, from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Li’s book explores her mother and aunt’s experience during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. To mark the launch, Li’s family, with support from the North American Chinese Writers’ Association, is inviting members of the community to celebrate.

Folks have until June 30th to RSVP to the event. To RSVP, please email Edward and Corinna Shen at:

San Jose Memorial Service for the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta – Stream it LIVE!

The San Jose, CA memorial motorcade and service for Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will take place today, June 16th, at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT/ 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT.

Speakers to be featured include:

  • William J. Clinton, Former President
  • Mark and Bob Brantner and Stuart and David Mineta
  • Sam Licardo, San Jose Mayor
  • Leon Panetta, Former U.S Secretary of Defense and White House Chief of Staff
  • Mike Honda, Former Congressman
  • Willie Brown, Former San Francisco Mayor
  • Les Francis, emcee, former Mineta Staffer
  • Joanna Nunan, Unites States Coast Guard, Rear Admiral
  • Laurie Hahn Tapper, Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life and Campus Rabbi at Stanford
  • Keith Inouye, Reverend, Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Dianne Fukami, Executive Producer, An American Story:  Norman Mineta and His Legacy
  • Brendon Simon, Vocalist 

For more information and a link to the June 16 San Jose Rotunda Ceremony, please visit:

JACL DC Picnic – Next Weekend~!

Come one, come all! The DC Chapter is hosting their annual in-person picnic on Sunday, June 12th, from 12:00 – 2:30 PM at the Cabin John Group Picnic Area, 7701 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Maryland.

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of great food, games, raffles, and prizes~!

To register, click here:

For directions to the park, click here:

Go For Broke Stamp Day Project

We’re pleased to share that June 4th marked the one-year anniversary of the Go For Broke stamp.

To celebrate Go For Broke Stamp Day, the Stamp Our Story committee is asking community members to please commemorate the day by sharing photos and selfies of you/family/friends displaying the Go For Broke stamp on social media, with the hashtag #GoForBrokeStampDay #HonorAAPIElders #StampOurStory. These photos can be done anytime, throughout this month, and beyond.

For those interested, Stamp Our Story is also looking to collect photos for their documentary film. The committee is in need of photos for their film credits of a brand new cut of the short film on the stamp’s story. This new cut includes new content, and the hope is to include it in some upcoming Asian American Pacific Islander film festivals where the Nisei soldiers’ story can continue to be shared. Any photos shared also need to have your consent to show them publicly. If you do not wish to have your photo posted on social media, but consent to having it featured in the documentary, please make a note of that in your submission.

For those comfortable sharing their photos on social, please feel free to visit their Facebook and Instagram accounts (@stampourstory) for examples of how to take and submit your photos.

For additional questions, concerns, and/or documentary photo submissions, please email or contact committee Co-Chair Wayne Osako at

EDC Spring Youth Summit

📣 Calling all Eastern District Council (EDC) Youth! The NY/SC is excited to share an event happening THIS SATURDAY, June 4th, from 2:30-4:00 pm, in Washington D.C. at the AT&T Democracy Forum. Join us for an interactive event discussing the Japanese diaspora and connecting with fellow youth activists in the area.

🔔 RSVP at:

* Please note that due to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the DMV area, we will be requiring all Summit attendees to be vaccinated, masked, and tested beforehand.

74th Annual Memorial Day Service

JACL DC Chapter was honored to host the 74th annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). Along with our partners, the Japanese American Veterans Association, the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, and the JACL National, we remembered the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.  In addition to the formal ceremony, we were able to visit over 100 sites at ANC and pay our respects.

Click here to watch the ceremony.

Left to Right: Alex Shinkawa (Daniel Inouye Policy Fellow), Turner Kobayashi, Linda Sato Adams (DC Chapter Co-President), Janice Nakano Faden (DC Chapter Community Engagement & Civil Liberties Liaison), Thomas Krulak (Student Speaker), Dr. James McNaughton (Keynote Speaker), Lilly Wright (Jimmie Kanaya’s granddaughter), Lynn Kanaya (Jimmie Kanaya’s widow), Gerald Yamada (Japanese American Veterans Association President), and John Tobe (DC Chapter Board Member).