MAY – JUNE, Minazuki
the month when rice fields fill with water
▪️Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). “Plan 75” (Japan, 2022, 112 min.). Sun May 14, 8 PM, Ark Lodge Cinemas, Columbia City; Fri May 19, 1 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown; Mon May 22 – Mon May 29, streaming. Elderly are given the option to euthanize themselves to stave off the country’s economic woes in return for $1000 they can spend however they want.
▪️Kyoto Art and Antiques, Warehouse Sale, Thu – Sun, May 25 – June 4, 11 AM – 6 PM.
5840 Airport Way S., Seattle, 206.381.9871, kyotoartandantiques.com
▪️Daiso Lakewood Grand Opening, Sat – Sun, May 27 – 28, 10 AM. Lakewood Towne Center, near Tacoma. First 100 customers spending $30 will receive a free goodie bag.
▪️”The Lotus Skyliners” book signing with live big-band music, Sun June 11, 3 – 5 PM. (article, napost.com, Apr. 28)
▪️JCCCW, Virtual Tomodachi Gala, Thu June 15, 7 PM.
JCCCW YouTube channel. Award recipients will be Shiro & Ritsuko Kashiba, acclaimed sushi chef & accomplished calligrapher, respectively.
▪️Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle, “where is home: third shore,” Fri – Sun, June 16 – 18, 6 PM.
Four immigrant solo dancers guide the audience through Seattle’s Inscape (INS) building to music by Tomo Nakayama (Japan). Tix: eventbrite ($10-75).
▪️Ayame Kai Makers and Bakers Sale, Sat June 24, 10 AM – 2 PM.
Proceeds benefit Nikkei Manor senior programs. Uwajimaya Corporate Office, 4601 6th Ave S, Seattle.
▪️Nisei Veterans Committee, Chow Mein Dinner, Sun June 25, 10 AM – 4 PM,
Take-out only, curbside pickup, $20 per dinner, 1212 S King St., Seattle.
▪️JCCCW, Japanese Summer Camp, Registration until June 26. Camp, Jul 10 – 14 (ages 7 – 11), Jul 17 – 21 (ages 12 – 16).
▪️Seattle Public Theater, “Hometown Boy,” May 4 – 28, Thu – Sat 7:30 PM, Sun matinee 2 PM. Written by Keiko Green, it stars retired UW professor Stephen Sumida. 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, ticket range, $5-$50.
▪️Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC), “Through the Eyes of a Tiger,” May weekends, 9 AM – 5 PM. International District photo exhibit, 1212 S King St, Seattle.
▪️Beni Ninagawa is a shamisen player for “Wagakki Band” who has her own channel.
Summer is a time to go fishing! Scenic Japanese fishing channels include:
●Potechin TV. Saltwater fishing on the docks and waters around Kagoshima, southern Kyushu, Japan.
●Risa Rise. Fly-fishing in Hokkaido. True fishers will want to scroll back to Risa’s videos that are a year old, before she branched out from fishing trips to broader social influencing. While her narrative is in non-subtitled Japanese, complete understanding is not necessary, as many stories involve fishing, camping and outdoor cooking adventures.
▪️Northern Alena. “Exploring Nara Park in the early morning: The beauty of Japan.” Scenic Japanese listening practice, with deer.