Nikkei Community Picnic 2011

Nikkei Community Picnic 2011

Portland JACL 2011 Picnic

It was one hot party, literally. Approximately 400 people braved the heat to celebrate the 20th annual Nikkei Community Picnic at Oaks Park.

Portland JACL 2011 Picnic

We had great food, a special thank you to the ladies of Ikoi no Kai who got up early to make 300 musubi (rice balls) for the picnic. We also had fabulous entertainment provided by the Portland Taiko’s youth group, Tanuki Taiko. And what is a picnic without Bingo? We had mega-Bingo called by our own Kevin Ando who did a fantastic job. In addition, here were raffle prizes galore, huge planters, a beautiful gift basket, gift cards and gift certificates for restaurants. And if you still weren’t lucky enough to win a prize there was a special take home gift for you.

The Nikkei Community Picnic is one of the highlights of the year and is made possible through the generosity many. The picnic would not be possible without the sponsorship of the Japanese American organizations, churches and temples.

Portland JACL 2011 Picnic
The Portland JACL
The Hiroshima Club
Nikkei Jin Kai (JAS)
Daihonzan Henjyoji
Nikkei Fujin Kai
Johrei Fellowship
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Portland Taiko
Oregon Nikkei Endowment
Oregon Nisei Veterans
Nichiren Temple
Ikoi no Kai

All of these organizations help to sponsor this event. In addition, there are many monetary and prize donations from community businesses and individuals. We would like to thank:

Portland JACL 2011 Picnic
Rich Iwasaki
Kurtis Inouye
Richard Hedlund
Riverview Abbey
Ota Tofu
Nobi Masuoka
Yamasa Corp.
Koida Nursery
George Hoashi
Yoji Matsushima
Chip and Setsy Larouche
Hiroshi’s Anzen
Osakaya Restaurant
Kappya Restaurant
Ichidai Restaurant
Terry Kawamoto
Dr. Jim and Amy Tsugawa
Dr Dale Ogata
Sam Naito
John Kodachi
Michael Irinaga
George and Nobi Azumano

I would especially like to recognize the volunteers who make the picnic run smoothly they are ones who make this event special.

Ken and Katie Kawazoe
George Hoashi
Kay Endo
Nobi Masuoka
Tsuyako Monas
Chip and Setsy Larouche
Susan Leedham
Jim Kennedy
Lynn Longfellow
Jim Hearn
Sho and Loen Dozono
Marleen Wong
Members, Unite People
Portland JACL 2011 Picnic

I would especially like to recognize Lennon Boutwell from Unite People who came to volunteer and support the picnic on his birthday.

Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us Sunday, August 19, 2012 for the 21st annual Nikkei Community Picnic. We look forward to seeing you there.

Connie Masuoka

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