Brent Sabati Selected for USJC Emerging Leaders Program, Class of 2021

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) was founded by Japanese Americans in 2008 as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ”develop and connect diverse leaders to create a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship.”  We extend our congratulations to Brent Sabati, Mirai Generations Leadership Program alumnus, who has been selected by USJC as a member of their 2021 Emerging [...]

Brent Sabati Selected for USJC Emerging Leaders Program, Class of 20212021-11-22T13:24:44-07:00

Archiving Sakura Square

Sakura Foundation and Sakura Square LLC are excited to announce that the Heritage Partnerships Program (HPP) of the National Park Service has chosen Sakura Square as a location to archive.  The HPP “works closely with communities throughout our eight-state region to collaborate and share the stories of significant places that reflect our diverse heritage.  One [...]

Archiving Sakura Square2021-11-22T13:06:59-07:00

MGLP Alumni Profile – Jessica Harville, Class of 2020

I am a Colorado Native who has lived in Denver almost all my life. I spent five years living in Los Angeles and experienced some of the Temples in that region and have spent a few weeks in Japan. I enjoyed exploring the Temples in these communities after having discovered a tradition of ringing the [...]

MGLP Alumni Profile – Jessica Harville, Class of 20202021-11-22T12:56:25-07:00

A Special Visit to Amache

Gary Yamashita (L) and Judge Johnny Gogo (R) Photo by Daisuke Igarashi After the successful flag signing event earlier in Denver, Judge Johnny Gogo returned in early November to visit Amache located a mile and a half west of Granada, Colorado.  Accompanying him on the trip were Gary Yamashita, Executive Director of Sakura Foundation and [...]

A Special Visit to Amache2021-11-24T11:12:39-07:00

Flags Bring History to the Forefront

On a balmy Sunday in October, three 48-star flags were laid on tables under a large tent at Simpson United Methodist Church.  Over the course of three hours, 45 Colorado residents who were unjustly interned in concentration camps during WWII signed the flags, the ink soaking into the fabric just as their years of internment [...]

Flags Bring History to the Forefront2021-11-22T12:40:37-07:00

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
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