Densho Dinner 2018

Keeping Our History Alive Through Art and Story”

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The second annual Densho Dinner will be held on November 3, 2018. Join us for a sushi & sake reception, an elegant seated dinner, silent auction, a pop-up art show, and an inspiring program that will honor our past, deepen conversations through art and story, and reinvigorate our commitment to standing up for justice today. This will truly be a night to remember and your participation will help Densho continue its important work for years to come.

Event Details

November 3, 5:00-8:30
Meydenbauer Convention Center (Bellevue)
Ticket Price: $125 (fair market value is $75)
Dress code: Cocktail Attire

Event Program

If you’ve attended a Densho event in the past two years, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve started featuring more musicians, spoken word artists, illustrators, and poets. This reflects an intentional move to incorporate art, story, and music into the work we do because we’ve seen that it can provide powerful opportunities to connect to our past, activate empathy, and inspire action.

In 2018, we hosted our first cohort of resident artists and we are thrilled to feature their work throughout the Densho Dinner program.

Keynote Speaker: Sean Miura

Art and digital story are powerful tools for keeping memories of the past alive and for speaking out against injustices today. With one foot in the world of community/arts organizing and one foot in the world of tech advertising, Sean will shed light on fruitful intersections between the two and examine how we can use that knowledge to build a more just future. Sean Miura is a Los Angeles-based writer and community organizer. He currently produces and curates Tuesday Night Café, the oldest free Asian American mic/performance series in the nation.

His writing has been featured on blogs such as Hyphen, Reappropriate, Mishthi Music, and Nerd of Color and in publications such as the Harvard Asian American Policy Review. In 2015 he was recognized with an Emerging Leader award by the JACL-PSW District. He is also an advertising professional in the emerging media space and currently works as a strategic planning manager at BuzzFeed.

Pop-Up Art Show: The Suitcase Project

If Japanese American/Canadian incarceration happened today, what would you bring with you? That’s the question at the heart of Kayla Isomura’s Suitcase Project. Featuring subjects from Vancouver and Seattle, Isomura’s exhibit captures Yonsei and Gosei as they reflect on their family’s WWII experience and the lingering effects of incarceration today. In partnership with the Nikkei National Museum, we are proud to present a one night pop-up of The Suitcase Project at our 2018 Densho Dinner.
“The Suitcase Project began as a question of packing in a moment’s notice, it turned into a conversation about the younger Japanese Canadian and American generations, and how we’re still coping with the aftermath of internment more than 75 years later.” -Kayla Isomura

Densho Founder’s Award

We are pleased to announce Scott Oki as the recipient of the inaugural Densho Founder’s Award. Scott co-founded Densho in 1996 and has served on the Densho board for over 20 years, including half that time as board president. Scott provided the original vision of using digital technology to preserve and share the Japanese American story. Please join us in honoring Scott at the Densho Dinner.
In future years, the Densho Founder’s Award will be given to an individual or organization that has made a notable contribution to the preservation of Japanese American history.

Table Captains

Table Captains play a vital role in supporting the Densho Dinner by extending your invitation to friends and family and filling a table of 10. You can purchase 10 tickets yourself or ask your guests to go to the Brown Paper Tickets page to purchase tickets online. Please email our Special Events Manager at if you are interested in being a Table Captain.

Auction Items

Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back our silent auction! Find a treat for yourself or do some early Christmas shopping as you browse through dozens of items from local artists, restaurants, and other vendors.

If you wish to donate an item, please consult the Auction Procurement form.

Food & Beverage

Sushi appetizers provided by:

Hiroshi’s Catering, Take-out & Deli – Matsutake Tempura Roll, California Roll
Kiwami Sake Bar and Sushi House – Truffle scallop roll, Maguro zuke nigiri
Ten Sushi – Salmon nigiri, Spicy tuna roll

Sake provided by:

Takara Sake

The reception will also feature a cash bar. A catered dinner will be served with wine. Full menu and catering information to come.

Densho Dinner Sponsors

Please contact Densho’s Special Event Manager Naoko Tanabe for more information about Densho Dinner sponsorship opportunities: or 206-320-0095 ext. 108

Presenting Sponsors

Kimi and Bob Oki

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Gold Sponsors

Ron Tanemura and Tina Yamagiwa

Bronze Sponsors

Table Sponsors

City Produce Company LLC | Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle | Victor & Mary Ikeda | Gene & Vicki Kanamori | Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) | Nintendo of America, Inc. | Ohashi Landscape Services| Frank & June Sato | MJ Takisaki, Inc. | Uwajimaya, Inc.  | John Y. and Reiko E. Sato Foundation | Yvonne Kinoshita Ward, Civil Rights Lawyer

Supporting Sponsors

Concourse Concessions LLC

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Community Sponsors

Japanese American National Museum | MOHAI | Nikkei National Museum | Seattle JACL | Chimata and Masako Sumida Family | U.S.-Japan Council

Table Captains 

Lori Bannai | Michael and Tsuchino Forrester | Betti Fujikado |  Jan Tsutsumoto Gokami | Alex Higa | Crystal Inge | Chris Ishii | Betty Kobayashi | Dennis & Susan Okamoto | Elaine & Don Shimono | Ivy Arai Tabbara | Tsutakawa Family | Barbara Yasui | Charlene Yoritsune

*Not able to sponsor or serve as a Table Captain? Not to worry! There are several other ways to support Densho: volunteer at the dinner; donate an auction item; or donate to Densho.

Venue, Directions, and Parking Information

The Densho Dinner will take place at the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue.


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