Congratulations to Our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

We congratulate Kenneth, Lula, and Katie for the success they achieved in high school and thank the Japanese American Community Graduation Program for their partnership to support the youth in the JA community.   We wish these hard working students all the best as they pursue their dreams!    KENNETH HORA, recipient of the Sakura Foundation [...]

Congratulations to Our 2021 Scholarship Recipients2021-08-27T15:08:16-06:00

A Fond Farewell to Consul-General Midori Takeuchi

  CG Takeuchi dancing at Obon and with the MGLP Class of 2019 From her arrival to Denver in November of 2018, Consul-General of Japan Midori Takeuchi has been a great supporter of Sakura Foundation, the Japanese and Japanese American communities, and the greater Asian and Denver communities.  She opened the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival [...]

A Fond Farewell to Consul-General Midori Takeuchi2021-08-24T22:59:37-06:00

Honoring the Internees – October 3, 2021

  Secretary Norman Mineta adds his name to the flag On Sunday, October 3, 2021, survivors of the Internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans will arrive at Simpson United Methodist Church in Arvada, CO and make their way to tents set up in the parking lot.  They will don masks, pick up a pen, and [...]

Honoring the Internees – October 3, 20212021-08-24T22:19:41-06:00

Japanese Americans in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood

the disCOurse, offered on History Colorado's website, "features writers sharing their lived experiences and their perspectives on the past with an eye toward informing our present."  Mirai Generations Leadership Program Alum Courtney Ozaki penned the story of her family’s journey to Denver’s historically Black Five Points neighborhood, where a multigenerational love of tortillas was born.  [...]

Japanese Americans in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood2021-08-24T21:51:45-06:00

MGLP Alumni Profile: Keiko Ozaki, Class of 2017

I grew up in the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple (TSDBT) community in the 90s. I wasn’t technically born in Colorado, but I consider myself a native since it’s the only place I ever remember living. I am half Japanese and half white (Irish American). As a mixed-race child growing up in a predominately white community, TSDBT [...]

MGLP Alumni Profile: Keiko Ozaki, Class of 20172021-08-24T21:29:30-06:00

The Cherry Blossom Festival Pivots for 2021

As most of you are aware, Sakura Foundation is the co-presenter of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival (CBF) with Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are again unable to hold our in-person festival, which is the largest annual revenue generator for both Sakura Foundation and the Temple.  But we won't let the pandemic [...]

The Cherry Blossom Festival Pivots for 20212021-05-17T16:44:57-06:00

History Colorado Uplifts Sakura Square

History Colorado has included Sakura Square in its most recent exhibit which opens on May 29th and runs through August 31, of next year.  A description of this unique and powerful exhibit is best explained by the museum itself: “History Colorado is launching an initiative that examines the impact of architecture and design on our [...]

History Colorado Uplifts Sakura Square2021-05-17T16:37:46-06:00

Update on the Sakura Square Redevelopment

Nearly five decades ago, our Issei (first generation) and Nisei (second generation) ancestors executed a risky and ambitious vision to establish Sakura Square as a destination that honored and preserved our Japanese and Japanese American cultural heritage and community. This precious gift has now been handed down to us to preserve and enhance for future [...]

Update on the Sakura Square Redevelopment2021-05-17T16:15:05-06:00

MGLP Alumni Profile: Brent Sabati, Class of 2019

Three quarters Japanese and born and raised in Hawaii, I’ve always been somewhere in between. I am a gosei, my great-great-grandparents having moved to Hawaii to seek a new life. Coming from humble beginnings, my grandparents Yoshikage and Shinobu Fukunaga (formerly Okami) moved to Oahu from the outer islands where they met and started a [...]

MGLP Alumni Profile: Brent Sabati, Class of 20192021-05-17T16:07:36-06:00
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