ZOTTO is an immersive and multi-sensory supernatural Japanese folktale and theatrical journey. Audiences explore three generations of Japanese American women and their relationship to Denver’s rich yet sordid history as they encounter yokai and obake (Japanese spirits and demons) and other unexpected characters, discover hidden secrets within forgotten spaces, and engage with interactive elements that [...]
My family moved around a lot when I was young. Being born in Kalamazoo MI, I’ve lived in Fort Worth, Charlotte, but spent the most time in Richmond, KY. And if you asked me what location I am closest to, I would consider myself a Kentuckian. I moved to Denver after high school and worked [...]
We did not let the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic get us down! In 2021, Sakura Foundation was resilient, patient, creative, and productive as we made adjustments to how we celebrate and support Japanese and Japanese American heritage, culture, and community. We are pleased to share with you our 2021 Community Report.
About the project - from Japanese Arts Network @ ja-ne.org “In the wake of WWII during the 1940’s, following the closing of America’s incarceration camps, the area surrounding and within the historic Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado saw a surge of Japanese-American culture and business in the “Larimer Corridor” downtown. Japanese businesses were concentrated [...]
The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is the latest Sakura Foundation Grant recipient to support their Friends DO Make a Difference program. Here is a message from NAAPIMHA about this impactful program. Content warning - mention of suicide: “I think mental health is an extremely important topic amongst Asian American teens [...]
I am a Yonsei (fourth generation) Japanese American (JA) from Denver, currently living in Seattle where I am working toward a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington. I attended services at the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple (TSDBT) and was heavily involved with the Young Buddhist Association (YBA) while I was in high [...]
Click on the image above to access Gil Asakawa's interview. The book "Tabemasho! - Let's Eat" is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and (soon) Pacific Mercantile.
Here are the links that were in the Q2 Newsletter! 2022 Asian American Hero of Colorado Award Recipients Traci Kato-Kiriyama, author of Navigating (With)out Instruments 2022 Cherry Blossom Illustrator, Michelle Jing Chan "Empowered by Place" Highlights Amache and the Internment