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 www.islandwood.org/events.
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 paulkchappell.com or peaceliteracy.org/ to learn more.
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Happy 100th Birthday, Kay!
Island Legend Kay Sakai Nakao Celebrates at Sakai Intermediate School
To celebrate two milestones--the 20th anniversary of Sakai Intermediate School and the 100th birthday of Kay Sakai Nakao--planners hosted a very special gathering on January 11th. An illustrious panel of past and present School District staff were on hand to reminisce about the planning, building, and opening of Sakai, as were Sakai Family members, teachers and students, and members of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American community.
Principal Jim Corsetti, School Superintendent Peter Bang-Knudsen, and Governor (and Sakai grandparent) Jay Inslee were on hand to welcome attendees and honor Kay. Retired Supertintendent Dr. Stephen Rowley and Construction Project Manager Richard Best told the story of how the project began more than 20 years ago and emphasized just how special it was in terms of taking into account the features of the land (with a salmon spawning creek on site) and honoring the Sakai's belief in education. Good friend and retired Sakai Prinipal Jo Vander Stoep took the stage to recognize all in the audience who were at Sakai 20 years ago. She was followed by stone artist Molly Greist, who presented Kay with a large stone engraved with the family crest for Kay's garden. Lastly, Stacy Sakai, great granddaughter of Sonoji & Yoshiko Sakai and current Sakai parent, and Bill Nakao, son of Kay Sakai Nakao, took to the mic to honor the significance of the Sakais' gift to the school district and celebrate the amazing life of Kay thus far.
Thank you to BISD, the Multicultural Advisory Council, the Nakao Family, Sakai PTO, Bainbridge Gardens, and the Sakai Arts & Traditions Committee for support this special occasion.
Mochi Tsuki 2020
Celebrating 31 Years of Mochi for All!
Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE, Bainbridge Island
11 AM to 3 PM
at Noon and 2PM
Passing of the Mallet Ceremony
honoring retiring Master Pounder Shoichi Sugiyama at Noon
throughout the day
Kids Activity Stamp Card
Beg/Int/Adv Origami Instruction
BIJAC Educational Displays
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Display
Mochi tsuki is an annual New Year's tradition in many Japanese households and communities. Special mochi rice is soaked overnight, steamed and cooked, and then pounded into a smooth, sticky paste using an usu (large bowl) and kine (wooden mallet). Each year we roll out the solid granite usu and wood mallets that are hand-made by Mike Okano, a member of one of the original families who started the tradition on the island. Get an up-close look as we steam upwards of 200 pounds of rice in batches over an open fire. Then, try your hand at pounding the rice with the enthusiastic guidance of pounding masters Egashira and Okano. Children and adults can try their hand at forming the mochi cakes that are then eaten plain, filled with red bean paste, or dipped in soy sauce and sugar.
Interested in volunteering at Mochi Tsuki? Email CarolReitz@msn.com.
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 Carolreitz@msn.com 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!
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!
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