The Empty Chair in its setting with one remaining string of cranes for company. • Courtesy Photo
The Empty Chair in its setting with one remaining string of cranes for company. • Courtesy Photo

The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University present the Day of Remembrance 2016 Taiko Concert on Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The Taiko Concert will feature performances by several renowned taiko groups from the Seattle area. This year’s event will feature the Empty Chair exhibit, focusing on Japanese who were forced out of Alaska. A total of approximately 200 Alaskan Japanese were affected by Executive Order 9066. The exhibit is based on The Forced Removal and Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community exhibit by Douglas City Museum, and includes featured photos, artifacts, first-person narratives and documents of eight Juneau families.

This free exhibit will be featured in the Paccar Atrium, located directly outside the auditorium. Other displays will be provided by 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 the 14th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage from Seattle, Portland, and across the nation 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.

The Day of Remembrance marks the 74th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt which led to the mass incarceration. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the injustices, race prejudice, and hardships of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.

The Day of Remembrance 2016 Taiko Concert happens at Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Exhibit hall opens at 12:00 p.m., Concert begins at 1:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 general admission, $10 for students with identification.

Tickets are available at:

• Brown Paper tickets at: http://dayofremembrancetaiko2016.bpt.me/ Please bring identification for Will Call tickets, as no actual tickets will be provided.

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

• Day of show at the Paccar Atrium

Parking is provided at the Broadway Garage of Seattle University.

The event is sponsored by Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University International Student Center. For more information, contact [email protected] or 206-296-6260.

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