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February, 2019 Issue
39th Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance

2019 Day of Remembrance Flyer 
Sunday, February 17, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA

Event is free and open to the public
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  The 39th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates the 77th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II.  Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember that great civil liberties tragedy, but to also reflect on what that event means to all of us today.

The 39th Day of Remembrance features Don Tamaki, an attorney from the Korematsu coram nobis legal team;  Teresa Castellanos, a representative from the County of Santa Clara Office of Immigrant Relations; Chizu Omori, a former incarceree, activist, and co-producer of the film, "Rabbit in the Moon"; community activist, Professor  Masao Suzuki; a special performance by internationally acclaimed San Jose Taiko; and the traditional candlelight procession through historic San Jose Japantown.
Remembrance Speaker:  Chizu Omori
Chizu Omori Chizu Omori was 12 years old when she and her family were forcibly removed from their Southern California home and imprisoned in  the Poston, Arizona camp. She wrote the following article about what the San Jose Day of Remembrance theme, "#Never Again Is Now", means to her today.


It has now been 78 years since WW II began. During that war, we in the American Japanese community had our lives irrevocably changed by being incarcerated in various camps all over the country. As we learn more and more about that history, it becomes much clearer how profound the impact of that experience was on our individual lives and on the whole community.

Moreover, some events that happened then, such as the Korematsu decision by the Supreme Court, have had a deep effect on the political fabric of our nation, still potent after all these years. Our current president has indicated that since President Roosevelt felt free to round up a group of citizens and residents during WW II on the basis of race, he could do things like that if he wishes. The shadow of incarceration hangs over this nation like a terrible stain on the body politic.

And so, as survivors of that experience, we need to speak out about it, to remind the nation that yes, it could easily happen again, and if we aren’t paying attention, it just might, really soon. We have some movements within our community that have taken up the work to show that we don’t want incarceration and incarceration-like harassment to happen again. We’re organizing under slogans like Never Again Is Now, and Stop Repeating History. We don’t want our America to revert to the old America of the past, the America that locked us up. We want to support the idea of America to be one of inclusion, of many voices and the many faces that already live here, under the rule of law and of justice and equality in life. We want the words of the constitution and the Bill of Rights to be actual and lived, not just on pieces of paper.
Day of Remembrance Cultural Performances
San Jose Taiko   San Jose Taiko's Mission:
Connecting people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.

Advancing the taiko art form by evolving and raising the visibility of San Jose Taiko's unique style and philosophy around the world.

Asha Dudra   Asha Sudra is a local educator and an international poet, striving to use art to create radical change. Asha has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, is a feature at many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights, including emcee of the 2016 Women’s March and a performer at the 2017 The March For Our Lives. Asha was the focus of a recent short documentary by KQED ARTS.

Safiyah   Several NOC members first saw Safiyah Hernandez perform at a September 11 remembrance event that was hosted by the American Muslim Voice. We were all captivated by her beautiful voice and her great passion. We were also amazed that this young singer wrote her own songs that tackled personal and social issues.

Jake Shimada  
  Jake Shimada is an accomplished ukulele musician and he is a previous winner of the Bay Area Aloha Festival Ukulele Contest for Kids under 13. Jake is a product of the Japantown community and he started lessons at Ukulele Jams. He is also a member of the Wesley Methodist Church Ukulele Band. Jake previously attended the Day of Remembrance event with his grandfather, a World War II veteran.

Jake is accompanied by Andrew Urata on snare drum and Karen Sanico on piano.
Andrew Urata, on snare drum
Andrew’s grandfather, Yasuo Tanaka, served in the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during WW II. He protested when he was not allowed to visit his family in the concentration camp during his leave and was then transferred to other assignments. Andrew’s great-grandfather, Chikashi Tanaka, was detained and accused of being a spy when authorities learned that he owned a Los Angeles photo studio. He was incarcerated in the Gila River, Arizona camp. Andrew's other great-grandfather, Kengo Takenaka, was arrested and incarcerated at Ellis Island for ignoring curfew orders when trying to go to work.
Karen Sanico, on piano
Karen's father, Walter Matsumoto, was a senior at Hilo High School, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Walter served in the famed 442nd RCT and the 100th Infantry Battalion and he was involved in the campaign to rescue The Lost Battalion.  Walter was wounded and was honorably discharged in 1945. Walter celebrated his 95th birthday in June and is in good health.


The Day of Remembrance is an event that aims to bring diverse communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew our pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace.

Candlelight procession in San Jose Japantown   Candlelighting ceremony honors each camp
Traditional candlelight procession through San Jose's historic Japantown.   A candle is lit in memory for each of the camps. Photos courtesy of Andy Frazer.
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up   Day of Remembrance Book Signing
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi

Come to the San Jose Day of Remembrance and
have your book signed by the authors

Other Day of Remembrance Events 
Day of Remembrance Radio Discussion and
Community Art Project

Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Panelists from the San Jose Japanese, Chinese, Mexican American, and other communities discuss our shared history of exclusion and how we can come together in defense of civil liberties today. Moderated by Rose Aguilar, host of “Your Call,” a public affairs show on NPR affiliate KALW 97.1 FM.
Latern DoR   Create paper lanterns, and commemorative, personalized tags as part of a collective art piece designed by local artist, Corinne Okada Takara for the San Jose Day of Remembrance.
DeAnza DoR
De Anza College Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: De Anza College Campus Center
Conference Rooms A & B

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San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
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San Jose, CA  95109


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.