Happy New Year, JACL DC Chapter!

We hope you had a wonderful 2016 and are enjoying the start of the Year of the Rooster.

The DC Chapter continues to be strong, with a healthy mix of individual, family and youth members of all ages and backgrounds. Our chapter activities and its successes could not take place without your continuing support and participation. We are very thankful for the ongoing leadership of John Tobe, and his tireless work to continue to keep our Board and DC Chapter a relevant link to our history, traditions, community service and advocacy.

We are also humbled by the support given to us by current and former Board Members, as we transition into our new roles as Co-Presidents’ of the DC Chapter. It is our vision that we continue to engage chapter members of all ages, and to build an even stronger chapter with a diverse offering of programs that will honor our past and open new areas of discovery. In particular, we are excited about this summer’s 48th Annual JACL National Convention to be hosted in Washington, D.C.

John Tobe is the JACL National Convention Chair, and our DC Chapter will be working closely with him as we get closer to the convention in July. Needless to say, the convention takes more than a village to successfully run. There will be many opportunities to volunteer in the coming months that will be communicated in upcoming NewsNotes and emails.

In this time in America, it is important for all of us to share our collective stories and to make sure history does not repeat itself. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming chapter events.

Your Co-Presidents,

Georgette Furukawa-Martinez and Ron Mori

Happy 2016!

Hundreds of JACL members and guests, friends and families celebrated the holidays at Mochitsuki 2015 on December 5! Thank you to all who attended – enjoying the bento boxes, purchasing gifts from the Crafty Ladies, pounding fresh mochi (see below), and more! Thank you to the JBE Band for providing live entertainment throughout the event! And thank you to those who donated to the raffle, whose proceeds will fund our chapter’s work for the 2017 JACL National Convention in Washington, DC.

Stay tuned for news and events in the New Year – and yes, Mochitsuki will return in December 2016!


Mochitsuki Brings Holiday Spirit Out in Community

Some 200 people dined on delicious bento boxes, pounded mochi, purchased stocking stuffers from the Crafty Ladies, and enjoyed cake, tea, and the spirit of celebration at  Mochitsuki 2013, held December 14 at Bethesda Middle School.

This celebration capped off a year of events for the DC chapter, ranging from annual festivities such as Mochitsuki, Keiro Kai, and the June picnic to participating in the National JACL Convention at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. in July and coordinating the annual commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day.

More to come in 2014! To stay on top of the chapter’s activities, send your email address to jaclwdc@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

JACL Mochitsuki 2013 craft table


JACL Mochitsuki 2013 craft ladies

JACL Mochitsuki 2013 outdoor

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Mochitsuki 2013

Finding Community Through the Holidays

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.

2013 Convention Brings Spotlight to Washington

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.

News Notes Arrives with Spring Updates


The latest edition of JACL News Notes in now online, with features honoring the late Senator Inouye; news on Terry Shima receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal; the new chapter board for 2013; and an introduction to Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae. Members also receive this newsletter via regular mail – but would you prefer electronic versions only? Let us know!

Congratulations to the 2013 Board

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.