Minidoka National Historic Site:  Visitor Center Grand Opening

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By Gail Chandler Hawkins The Minidoka National Historic Site held a grand opening for its new Visitor Center on July 7, 2019, on the same weekend as the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage.  Close to 500 attended, travelling from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and as far away as Washington, D.C.  The dedication ceremony was a culmination […]

IJA Picnic

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IJA picnic

Idaho Japanese Association held our annual picnic on Sunday, June 2nd, at Tully Park in Meridian, Idaho. It was a beautiful, sunny day.  Japanese and Idahoans who love Japan visited each other as we enjoyed our potluck food. Besides the potluck, there were homemade melon bread, Mitarashi dango and matcha cookies for sale, along with […]

New Era Name

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The entire Japan was very excited about naming of the country’s new era, Reiwa (令和=rei-wa). It was just announced on April 1st when some people were so preoccupied by the announcement, they forgot it was April Fool’s Day. Era names are called Gengo (元号=げんごう、GEN-GOh) in Japanese. Japanese use both the dominical year and Gengo which […]

Bamboo and Barbed Wire

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Bamboo and Barbed Wire Friday, April 12th 7:00 p.m. Egyptian Theatre Boise, Idaho Bamboo and Barbed Wire (http://www.bambooandbarbedwire.com/) is the latest documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Karen Day (https://www.karenday.net/bio.html). Over the past three years, Karen has donated her time and skills to document the stories of those interned at Minidoka – interviewing remaining survivors, their families, […]

New Board Announcement

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The Idaho Japanese Association (IJA) is proud to announce a new board elected for the next 12 months. The IJA elects a new board each year with the start of the Japanese fiscal year, which is in April. This year’s board members will include: President: Naho Nakashima Vice President: Motoko West Secretary: Maki Jackson Treasurer: […]