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Nikkei Community Picnic 2013

Nikkei Community Picnic 2013

Portland JACL Schafer DurganIf you love good old fashion summer fun Nikkei style you would have been at the 25th annual Nikkei Community Picnic. It was a perfect and fabulous day, with around 500 people in attendance it was one of our largest picnics. We were charmed by the performances of the Kids Taiko workshop and Tanuki Taiko. We had great food from Oaks Park Special Fried Chicken to ice cold watermelon and lots of tasty rice balls, salads, and desserts in between. And what is a picnic without Bingo? We had lots of bingo called by Jordan Shellmire, Past President of Unite People who did a fantastic job. In addition, there were raffle prizes galore, a pair of Mariners tickets and a parking pass was won by Sean Campbell. And if you weren’t lucky enough to win a prize there was a special take home gift for you.

Portland JACL 2013 Community Picnic

The Nikkei Community Picnic is one of the highlights of the year. The picnic would not be possible without the sponsorship of the:

  • Portland JACL
  • Hiroshima Club
  • Nikkei Jin Kai (JAS)

  • Veledas, Nikkei Fujin Kai
  • Johrei Fellowship
  • Oregon Buddhist Temple
  • Portland Taiko

  • Oregon Nikkei Endowment
  • Oregon Nisei Veterans
  • Ikoi no Kai

In addition, there are many monetary and prize donations from community businesses and individuals. We would like to thank:

  • Rich Iwasaki
  • Kurtis Inouye
  • Richard Hedlund
  • Riverview Abbey
  • Ota Tofu
  • Koida Nursery

  • Kirk Tambara
  • Alice Sumida
  • Yoji Matsushima
  • Chip and Setsy Larouche
  • Nobi Masuoka
  • Hiroshi’s Anzen

  • Osakaya Restaurant
  • Ichidai Restaurant
  • Ron Ikata
  • Terry Kawamoto
  • Dr. Jim and Amy Tsugawa
  • True World Foods

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

  • Ken and Katie Kawazoe
  • Kay Endo
  • Nobi Masuoka

  • Kaneko Wagar
  • Tsuyako Monas
  • Chip and Setsy Larouche
  • Rich Iwasaki

  • Marleen Wallingford
  • Martha Matsushima
  • Members & Families: Unite People


In my message last year after noting the highlights of the picnic I wrote:

[blockquote type="blockquote_quotes" align="center"]If you have read this far some of you are probably thinking this is nice but why is the community picnic the topic of the Board members message? Well it’s because I know that even though we had a wonderful time and lots of people came, you were not there and what is a community picnic with out you? The most important benefit of being a member of Portland JACL, Nikkei Jin Kai (JAS) or any of the other community organizations is to be engaged. Your participation at the picnic provides you the opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and create memories for yourself, your children or grandchildren. Make a difference and come help us build and grow our Nikkei community.[/blockquote]
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This sentiment still rings true for me today. We had lots of new faces at the picnic this year and some of them are life long Portlanders who were touched by the kimochi (deep feeling) of being part of a larger Nikkei community. Maybe you would like to know this feeling. Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us Sunday, August 17, 2014 for the 26th Annual Nikkei Community Picnic. We look forward to seeing you there.



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