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
After two years of a pandemic-induced delay, plans are being made for the 49th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, to be held June 25 and 26, 2022! The location remains the same: Sakura Square in the heart of downtown Denver! We will be taking COVID-19 precautions, so you will see some changes in order to keep [...]
As many of you are aware, Sakura Square LLC, Sakura Foundation, and Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple representatives are actively working on the redevelopment planning. You may notice signs posted around the property regarding our application for a Certificate of Demolition Eligibility (CDE) for Sakura Square. If granted by the City of Denver, the CDE would provide us [...]
The Mirai Generations Leadership Program is excited to announce that applications are open for the Class of 2022! This valuable program begins its fifth session filled with opportunities to meet and get to know our MGLP alumni, hear about JA history in Colorado, learn about the Denver area JA community, self-reflect, absorb new leadership skills, [...]