Schatz Introduces New Bill To Fund Education Of Japanese American Internment, Preserve Confinement Sites

“The internment of Japanese-American citizens remains one of the darkest and most shameful periods in our history. The stories of so many who unjustly lost their freedom, lost property and were forcibly uprooted from their homes should be a constant reminder of our duty to uphold the rights of every

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BIJAC Response to Anti-Asian Racism

The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community deplores the alarming rise of anti-Asian racism, hate and violence, and we share in the Asian community’s collective grief of the horrific killings of Asian women in Atlanta. Ever since the former president uttered – and continues to use this day – the racist

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Speak Up Against Anti-Asian Hate: Contact Congress

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as part of its mission to combat hate and protect communities, is actively supporting a House resolution to condemn all forms of anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-10. Speak up against anti-Asian hate Hate crimes, xenophobia and discriminatory acts against Asians and Asian Americans have significantly increased

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Michelle Obama’s Cooking Show, Waffles + Mochi, Is Launching On Netflix

“Allow me to introduce two new friends of mine: Their names are Waffles and Mochi. And on March 16, we’ll be launching a new children’s show on @Netflix called Waffles + Mochi. It’s all about good food: discovering it, cooking it, and of course, eating it. These two will take

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Bainbridge Island Museum of Art BREATHE Exhibition

Michelle Kumata “Song for Generations”  As part of its “Breathe” group exhibition inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is featuring in its Winslow Way window a 16′ x 8′ acrylic on canvas painting by Seattle native, Michelle Kumata. The massive work is part of

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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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