Densho Dinner

Join us for our first annual Densho Dinner: “Now more than ever.”

We are pleased to announce the first annual Densho Dinner! We’re taking the best of our beloved Sushi & Sake gatherings, and making an even bigger, better event. Come early for a sushi & sake reception, then stay for an elegant catered dinner. Our featured speakers will stoke conversation and, we hope, inspire action. A live auction featuring premium items will help you get an early start on your holiday shopping. All proceeds will support Densho’s work to document the Japanese American past, while also exploring new ways to keep the story alive today and in the future.

Event Details

On Saturday, November 18, join the Densho community at the Seattle Design Center for an evening of entertainment, conversation, and excellent food and drink. The event will feature a celebration of community as well as conversations about why our stories are needed now more than ever. 

5:00-8:30 p.m.
Seattle Design Center
Ticket price: $125
(The fair market value of each ticket is $75)

Parking: Free parking available at the Seattle Design Center and on surrounding streets.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Social: Use the #DenshoDinner hashtag when posting event photos on social media!

11/2 update: A limited number of tickets remain. Buy yours soon, either online or by calling 206-320-0095.

Featured Speakers

Tani Ikeda

In a multimedia presentation, Tani Ikeda will address the urgent need to combat racial injustices in America today. She will discuss her film work and activism with Black Lives Matter and other movements in hopes of inspiring others to use storytelling as a tool for social justice.

Ikeda is an Emmy winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial films. She was recently selected as one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers as a Project: Involve Directors Fellow. Her work has been recognized in The Hollywood Reporter, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine and has screened internationally at festivals around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival. At the age of 21, Tani Ikeda co-founded imMEDIAte Justice, a nonprofit that fosters the talents of young women artists working in virtual reality. She is the current executive director of imMEDIAte Justice and was named one of the “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by the Utne Reader. Tani holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. She was born in Seattle and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Megan Ming Francis

In her keynote address, Dr. Megan Ming Francis will address the anxious and confusing political moment we are currently living in. Looking to the recent past, she will discuss how the period after the 9/11 terrorist attacks saw a dramatic rollback in civil rights and civil liberties and laid the groundwork for where we are today. In keeping with Densho’s mission, Francis will address the role of public silence in the erosion of democracy and the vital need to make connections between the past and the present.

Megan Ming Francis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. Francis specializes in the study of American politics, race, and the development of constitutional law. Francis received her doctorate in Politics from Princeton University. She is the author of the award winning book, Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (2014). This book tells the story of how the early campaign against state sanctioned racial violence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) shaped the modern civil rights movement. Her research and commentary have been featured on MSNBC, The New York Times, BBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Democracy Now, PBS, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, and TEDx Talks. Born and raised in Seattle, WA, she is a proud alumni of Garfield High School.  

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

The Densho Dinner will include a live auction featuring premium and exclusive items. If you wish to donate an item, please consult the Auction Procrurement form.

Wine Grab and Dessert Dash

We are excited to introduce two new Densho Dinner activities that will take the place of our silent auctions of years past: A Dessert Dash will allow guests to pool their resources and compete for a selection of fine cakes and confections provided by Cakes of Paradise Bakery, Deep Sea Sugar and Salt, and other local bakeries. A Wine Grab will let you put your divination skills to the test as you select from a lineup of cloaked wine bottles, valued between $30 and $100. Wine and cake for a good cause? Everyone’s a winner!

Want to donate items to the Dessert Dash or Wine Grab? Here’s how.

Food & Beverage

Sushi appetizers provided by:

Hiroshi’s Catering, Take-out & Deli: California Roll, Matsutake Tempura Roll, Shrimp Nigiri

Ten Sushi: Homemade Egg Omelet, Canadian Salmon Nigiri, 12th Man Roll (Homemade Tuna Salad, Cream Cheese, Cucumber And Aonori)

Sake and Beer provided by:

Asahi Beer, Choya Umeshu, Gokyo, Harushika, Kamikokoro, Naruto Tai, Otokoyama, Oyama, Takara Sake, Tsukasabotan, Urakasumi, and Wakatake

Family style dinner will be catered by Herban Feast, served with wine donated by Columbia Crest.

House Salad with garden veggies & white balsamic vinaigrette

Arctic Char drizzled with caper and butter sauce

Roasted Winter Vegetables
medley of parsnips and winter squash

Honey Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts
sweet honey-dijon sauce and rosemary

Asian Sweet Potato Cake
Ginger-soy glaze & pickled Asian slaw

Densho Dinner Sponsors

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

Presenting Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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Ron and Tina Tanemura

Bronze Sponsors

Guy and Audrey Watanabe

Other Supporting Sponsors

City Produce Company LLC
Concourse Concessions LLC
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Gobo Enterprises LLC
Victor and Mary Ikeda
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
MJ Takisaki, Inc.
Nintendo of America, Inc.
Nisei Veterans Committee/NVC Foundation
Ohashi Landscape Services
Frank and June Sato
John Y. and Reiko E. Sato Foundation
Servco Pacific, Inc.
Union Bank
Uwajimaya, Inc.

Table Captains

Lorraine Bannai
Karin Zaugg Black and Dan Black
Executive Development Institute
Friends of Mukai
Tami Fujii
Jan Gokami
Danielle and Alex Higa
Karen Ikeda
Tracy Lai and Tina Young
Karen Mano Little
Terry Luke
Museum of History & Industry
Sharon A. Sakamoto, PLLC
Barbara Yasui
Meredith Yasui and Erin Flory
Charlene Yoritsune

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 Seattle Design Center (5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108).

Parking and street parking will be available.


Contact us or 206-320-0095.

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