Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ten days ago (I know, I know, I am behind in posting!) I was in Minneapolis, Minnesota to present at the Twin Cities JACL Installation Banquet. Minneapolis is historically significant in Japanese American history because it is where Fort Snelling is located. Ft Snelling was the location of the Military Intelligence Service Language School during World War II. Thousands of nisei passed through this training center before serving in the Pacific. In fact, my dad used to talk about the "Turkey Farm" at Snelling. He described the small huts that were inadequately heated with a small pot bellied stove.

The people in Minneapolis are wonderful and Densho is looking forward to returning to Minneapolis this summer to conduct interviews in partnership with the Twin Cities JACL chapter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sushi & Sake Fest -- See the Fun

Our event photographer has posted a big batch of photos from Densho's 7th annual Sushi & Sake Fest that you can view or purchase. If you attended the event and want to find yourself in the crowd, take a look. If you thought about going but didn't quite make it, see what you missed. And if you're kicking yourself because you found out too late about this tasty celebration of Japanese cuisine and culture, write a note-to-self for next year.

This year we brought an action painter from Osaka to entertain the crowd. (See the photos of his giant dragon and goth phoenix.) Densho staff -- especially Naoko, Virginia, Dana, and of course Tom -- get kudos for bringing off a flawless event. Many, many thanks to the tireless Sushi & Sake Fest Committee, vendors, donors, and army of volunteers. Reviews say this was the best Sushi & Sake Fest yet. We accept the compliment, but the crowd also told us the election results boosted their spirits. Congratulations to our new president.