Day of Remembrance Taiko Concert to benefit Pilgrimage to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Idaho

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University are proud to present the Day of Remembrance 2018 Taiko Concert on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Seattle University Pigott Auditorium. The Taiko Concert will feature performances by several renowned taiko groups from the Seattle area. Taiko refers to a traditional Japanese form of percussion using large barrel-shaped drums, dynamic playing styles, and choreographed movements. It is widely popular in Japanese American communities throughout the United States, and increasingly with youth groups.

This year will feature “Meet me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family,” a traveling photo exhibit about the history of the Murakami family and the Higo Store.  It traces the arrival of Sanzo and Matsuyo Murakami from Japan, the incarceration of their family, and their life post-war. The exhibit features photographs, commentary based on historical documents, and oral histories.

This free exhibit will be featured in the Paccar Atrium, located directly outside the auditorium.  Other educational exhibits will be on display through the collaboration of the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University, National Park Service and the Minidoka National Historic Site. Raffle ticket sales and a general store will also be in the atrium to help support the work of the Minidoka Pilgrimage.

The concert benefits youth and senior scholarship programs for the 16th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage to Minidoka Incarceration Camp in southern Idaho. Minidoka was one of ten camps where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Today, it is a unit of the National Park System and is developing into an educational site about civil liberties. The pilgrimage brings together former incarcerees, their families and friends, and those interested in learning more about the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The pilgrimage offers a unique opportunity to hear and learn directly from those who experienced it firsthand and to reflect on the parallels we see in society today targeted toward other minority groups.

The Day of Remembrance marks the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt which led to the mass incarceration. This day commemorates the injustices, race prejudice, and hardships of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.

Date:  Sunday, February 18, 2018, Exhibit hall opens at 12:00pm, Concert begins at 1:00pm

Location: Seattle University – Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Ticket Price: $20 General Admission. $10 for students with identification. Parking: Provided at the Broadway Garage of Seattle University.

Tickets Available at:

* Brown Paper Tickets at: https://dor2018.bpt.me. Please bring identification for Will Call tickets.

* International Student Center of Seattle University in the James C. Pigott Pavilion

* Day of show at the Paccar Atrium

Questions: minidokapilgrimage@gmail.com or 206-296-6260. http://minidokapilgrimage.org.

Sponsors: Seattle University International Student Center, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee.

– Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee

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