Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Korematsu Day Flag Project

Korematsu Day Flag Project – Drop-in and Sign, May 21!

By Stan Shikuma

Judge Johnny Gogo has been traveling across the country with a 48-Star U.S. flag (the number of stars during WWII) and asking surviving Japanese Americans who were wrongfully incarcerated during WW II to sign the flag to help honor their family sacrifice, honor their memory, and honor their legacy. Judge Gogo traveled first to the East Coast to have Secretary Norman Mineta sign the flag, then to Los Angeles, the Bay Area, San Jose and on to Sacramento to have folks sign the flag. The flag is kept in his chambers and will eventually be donated to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose on Korematsu Day, January 30, 2022.

Johnny Gogo is currently a judge with the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, CA. His parents were small children on Guam when the island was invaded and occupied by Japanese Imperial Forces from 1941-1944 during WWII. His friend on the same Court, Judge Roberta Hayashi, started promoting Korematsu Day outreach and events about six years ago, which Judge Gogo supported over the years. Armed with a desire to do more to help promote Korematsu Day — and involve more survivors and their families – Judge Gogo developed this Flag Signing Project.

Judge Gogo will travel to Seattle on May 21 and May 22. If you are a Japanese American who was incarcerated in one of the War Relocation Authority (WRA) or Department of Justice (DOJ) camps during WW II, you are cordially invited to sign the Flag. Judge Gogo is willing to come to you, or you can come to a:

“Drop-In and Sign” Session

NVC Memorial Hall, 1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA

Friday, May 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PDT

Masks and physical distancing will be required.

Contact Stan Shikuma at for directions or information.

Nisei Veteran's Committee Memorial Hall

The NVC Memorial Hall is located at 1212 South King Street, Seattle, Washington 98144. It hosts a range of events for the NVC and NVCF, such as movie screenings, dances, wedding receptions, memorial services, banquet and sit-down meal programs, and much more.

The NVC Memorial Hall was built in 1938 as a dojo for the Kendo Kai. It was abandoned in the spring of 1942 when the Japanese American community was displaced and remained so during World War II. After the deed was transferred to the NVC by the Kendo Kai in 1951, the membership remodeled the building under the leadership of Lefty Ichihara as the building chairman. A more dramatic remodel took place in 2005, and the completely updated NVC Memorial Hall was rededicated in March 2008.

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