JACL DC Annual Picnic on Sunday, June 11, 2023

We hope you can join us for our annual JACL DC PICNIC at Cabin John Picnic Shelter I (letter “i”), 10900 Westlake Drive, Potomac, MD 20854. This will be a potluck, with the chapter providing chicken teriyaki, burgers (beef & veggie), hotdogs and watermelon. This location is smaller than last year’s so you may wish to bring a folding chair or two. This location does have train rides for the small children (additional cost), but we will have games & prizes, plus plenty of food! We hope to see you there. Please RSVP HERE so we know how much food to prepare.

75th Annual Memorial Day Service on Sunday, June 11, 2023

Click HERE if you would like to donate towards flowers for Memorial Day gravesites.


Mochitsuki 2022 – Registration Ends on Wednesday, November 30th!

Come one, come all! We will be hosting our annual Mochitsuki on Saturday, December 3 at North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817 starting at 12:00 PM. Come join us for a fun-filled, Japanese American community event where people of all ages can take part in pounding rice, and making their very own mochi!

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 30th. Register today and place your pre-order bentos & mochi HERE.

*This will be an indoor event, and we ask that you continue to take necessary precautions to keep yourself and others healthy.  Masking is encouraged.

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 account (@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

74th Memorial Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery 

Sponsored By: Japanese American Citizens League (National & Washington DC Chapter), the Japanese American Veterans Association, and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022

Gravesite Listing:

Please review the names below and contact us at for corrections.

On Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), JACL DC Chapter,  JACL National, Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), and the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF), in partnership with the Kobayashi family. will be sponsoring the annual Memorial Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) in the Columbarium Ceremonial Courtyard.

This will be the 74th consecutive memorial service honoring our fallen heroes.  The theme of this year’s service is “Defending Our Freedoms in Adversity.”  The keynote speaker will be Dr. James McNaughton. He served as an Army civilian and as the command historian for the US European Command, for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, and for the US Army Pacific. He is the author of “Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II.”  We will also welcome Thomas Kruhlak, an 11-year-old, 5th grader from Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland to deliver remarks about honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.  In addition, a special tribute will be made honoring COL Jimmie Kanaya, a veteran of World War II (442nd RCT), the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. 

At the conclusion of the memorial service, the participants and organizers will fan out across ANC and place flowers and offer our heartfelt gratitude at the nearly 100 identified gravesites.  This supplements the annual custom of soldiers placing American flags at the tombs of the over 400,000 who are interred at ANC.

Below is the list of individuals who the organizations will remember at ANC with a gravesite visit, and you can also use this link. If you have a loved one, friend, or colleagues missing from the list, please contact us at, and we will make sure that they are added to the list and properly honored.  If you would like to contribute to the cost of the flowers honoring our fallen heroes, please visit the JACL DC website and make a note that your donation is for the Memorial Day service.

Besides the official Memorial Day and Veterans Day services held at ANC, this Memorial Day observation is the longest, continuous annual event held at ANC. Key Kobayashi, Military Intelligence Service veteran and one of the JAVA founders, along with the JACL DC Chapter began the Memorial Day gravesite decoration program in 1948.  When Key passed away in 1992, his family continued the tradition, with son Turner Kobayashi currently serving as coordinator.

All are invited to attend the program at Arlington.  Attendees should plan on arriving by 9:30 a.m. to clear security.  

The program will also be live-streamed on JAVA’s Facebook feed at 10:00 a.m. EDT, 7:00 a.m. PDT, and 4:00 a.m. HST and posted on the JAVA website

For more information, please visit the sponsors’ websites:

Japanese American Veterans Association,, or contact Neet Ford, Executive Director, at  

National Japanese American Memorial Foundation,, or contact  Linda Adams, at

Japanese American Citizens League, DC Chapter, JACL DC, or contact Kim Hirose Tobe, at

Japanese American Citizens League, National,, contact Alex Shinkawa, at