In Memory: Ritsuko Terayama Hamamura

Another dear part of the Bainbridge Island Family has left us. Former Bainbridge Islander Ritsuko Terayama Hamamura, passed away on December 16th from Covid-19. Her passing, at the age of 100, follows that of her brother Kayo, who left us earlier this year.  ObituaryCherished mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend,

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In Memory: Mary Michino Yoshida

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our community members. Mary Michino Yoshida, 99, a longtime Bainbridge Island resident passed away peacefully with her loving son at her side on Friday, December 11, 2020. Born in Burlington, WA., she was the daughter of Shojiro

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Renovation of Historic Koura Barn

  Koura Barn, October 2020  An inviting, socially-distanced, open house was held on Saturday, October 29, 2020 to re-introduce a Bainbridge Island landmark: Art Koura’s Barn. Renovation of the large, 60’x45′ barn, which was built in 1950 on the 190-acre Koura strawberry farm, was made possible by the efforts of

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Usu Intrigue

Calling all community members! In the spirit of Mochi Tsuki, help solve the problem of how to fix a broken usu and maybe even mend a family feud. Recently, BIJAC received an inquiry from Port Orchard resident, Tanya Gregoire. Her story involved her heritage, a family feud, and a not-so-ordinary

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USPS to Issue “Go For Broke” Stamp in 2021

On November 17, 2020, the U.S. Postal Service announced it will issue a commemorative “Go For Broke” postage stamp in 2021.  “Every year, April 5 is celebrated as National “Go For Broke” Day, derived from a saying that’s known to mean “wager everything.” “Go For Broke” also happens to be

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Kevin Mahe Family

Exclusion Memorial NPS Ranger Bids Farewell

The first time Kevin Mahé sat down at a monthly BIJAC meeting he seemed prepared. Not just “prepared,” but maybe “knowledgeable”–a budding historical scholar of the Japanese American Exclusion. Clearly, he had done his homework.  He introduced himself as the new National Park Service Ranger who would seasonally man the

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Memorial Wall

Construction of the Exclusion Departure Deck Begins

October 5, 2020 Built at the site of the historic Eagledale Ferry Dock, the Exclusion Departure Deck at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (BIJAEM) will be an evocative and poignant addition to this memorial of the first forced removal and exclusion of 120,000Japanese Americans during WWII. The 45-foot

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BIJAC Adds Newest Member

The BIJAC community has recently expanded! Jordan Dre Takeshi, grandson of members Stan Miyao and Eileen Shimose, was born on November 20th. Grandpa is thrilled to have his first grandson. As manager of merchandise sales for Mochi Tsuki, Stan could not resist–that’s Jordan stylin’ in his new baby mochi onesie.

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In Memory: Yukiko Katayama Omoto

On November 6, 2020, Bainbridge Island lost its oldest remaining survivor, Yukiko Katayama Omoto, age 102. The younger daughter of Isosaburo and Tome Katayama, Yukiko was raised on the Katayama farm located at the corner of Cave Avenue and Winslow Way in downtown Winslow. The Katayamas were also greenhouse operators

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Prisoner in My Homeland featured in CUNY TV’s Asian American Life

6:38 Mission US is the subject of a news segment in the November 2020 episode of CUNY TV’s series Asian American Life. Senior producer Michelle Chen discusses the development of Prisoner in My Homeland, the new educational game focused on the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, and her

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