Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

Join the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community at IslandWood for a conversation about waging a peaceful revolution with Paul K. Chappell, West Point Graduate, Iraq War Veteran, and Peace and Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Event registration opens January 19th at

About Paul K. Chappell:
Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and the Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation located in California. A West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran who believes that humanity must become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy as a universal and practical skillset for surviving and thriving in the twenty-first century. His six books in his seven-part Road to Peace series, shows how positive change happens at the global and personal levels. He lectures internationally, teaches college courses and workshops on peace literacy and peace leadership, and leads a curricular development team for K-12 and higher education. Visit or to learn more.

For more information on the program’s content contact Carol Reitz at

Calling all Mochi Tsuki Volunteers!

Mochi Tsuki 2020

Come join your fellow volunteers for an important pre-event orientation session on Friday, January 3rd, 6-7pm at the Woodward Middle School Commons.

You will learn:

  • The history of the event and a chance to try your hand at mochi-forming
  • What's new this year
  • The new floor plan and how we will enhance our guests' experience with better crowd management
  • Introduction and training from your department manager

Food will be served. Contact Carol Reitz at 425-765-9284 or for more information. 

See you then. Mochi Tsuki for All!

Summer Potluck Picnic

Saturday, August 3rd, 11am-6pm

Join us at the Battle Point Park Picnic Shelter for our biennial picnic. Meet up with old friends and maybe make a few new ones! Bring picnic food to share. See you there!

New Video: My Favorite Places

Broadcast on TVW by David McGimpsey with Ralph Munro

This wonderful short video debuted on Memorial Day. It features Ralph Munro, former Secretary of State of Washington, at one of his favorite places--the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island. Look for our own Kay Nakao being interviewed in the video!


2,000+ Attendees

90+ Volunteers

205 Pounds of Mochi Rice

Many thanks to all who helped make our 30th Anniversary Mochi Tsuki an overwhelming success! We are humbled by the enthusiasm and generosity of our community members,  volunteers, and visitors to Bainbridge Island.

Read all about it in the Kitsap Sun article, "Pound by pound, 30th anniversary of Mochi Tsuki rings in the New Year."

See you next year on January 4th, 2020 at Woodward Middle School!

Get Involved

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of  each month, 6 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Made Possible by Our Generous Sponsors

The 30th Anniversary Mochi Tsuki Celebration is supported by the City of Bainbridge Island's Cultural Funding Grant

Thank you to the Nakata Family and Town & Country Markets for 30 Years of generosity

Thank you to our friends at Ace Hardware for their support

 635 High School Rd NE
 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110