Densho Dinner 2019

“Activating Our History”

Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2019 for the third annual Densho Dinner! This is our major fundraising event of the year and provides an opportunity to come together in support of Densho’s efforts to preserve and share history of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans to promote equity and justice today. Proceeds from the event will allow us to expand our historical archives, education program, and public engagement. Thank you for your support!  

If you’re planning on attending the Densho Dinner from outside the area, check out our 36 Hours in Japanese American Seattle guide to help plan your trip.

Interested in volunteering at the 2019 Densho Dinner? Please fill out this form.

Event Details

November 2, 5:00-9:00
Meydenbauer Convention Center (Bellevue)
Ticket Price: $125 (fair market value is $100)
Dress code: Cocktail Attire
Parking Info

Keynote Speaker: Satsuki Ina

Satsuki Ina, PhD was “born doing time” at Tule Lake—she’s gone on to become an award-winning filmmaker, author, activist, and psychotherapist who specializes in collective trauma. She’ll be talking about her work as co-chair for “Tsuru For Solidarity,” a nonviolent, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention sites and support front-line immigrant and refugee communities that are being targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies.
Our history matters now, and Satsuki’s dedicated work sets an example for us all. Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Education, California State University. She currently has a psychotherapy private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in Collective Trauma. She has produced two award-winning documentary films broadcast on PBS – Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon. Her upcoming book, Be Strong, Don’t Cry, will be published by Heyday Press, Berkeley in 2020.

Featured Poet: Mitsuye Yamada

Acclaimed poet, essayist, educator, feminist and human rights activist, Mitsuye May Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry, Full Circle: New and Selected Poems. Yamada was born in Kyushu, Japan and grew up in Seattle, Washington. As a teenager, she was incarcerated at Minidoka concentration camp along with her family. After the war, Yamada was one of the first and most vocal of Asian American women writers who wrote about the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. She authored poetry collections, Camp Notes and Other Poems (1976) and Desert Run: Poems and Stories (1988). Now, at the age of 96, she has released her latest work, Full Circle: New and Selected Poems (2019).

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.

Learn more here or email Jen Fukutaki ( ) or Danielle Higa ( 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 or contact Jen Fukutaki ( ) or Danielle Higa (

Food & Beverage

In addition to Densho’s Sushi & Sake Reception, all attendees will enjoy the following delicious dinner:

Roasted Beet & Baby Greens Salad (GF, V)
Flat Iron Steak and Sautéed Ling Cod (GF), including brown butter asparagus, slow roasted tomato relish, and tarragon infused mashed potatoes
Vegetarian alternative: Three Squash Penne Pasta (Please contact us if you have additional dietary restrictions you would like us to accommodate.)
Espresso Cheesecake or Olive Oil Rosemary Cake (V)


Hiroshi’s Catering, Take-Out and Deli
Kiwami Sushi Bar and Sake House
Ten Sushi


Harushika / Ichinokura / Kamikokoro / KAWABE / Kenbishi / Kigen / Kurosawa / Lucky Cup / Mizubasho / Narutotai / Otokoyama / Tsukasabotan

Densho Dinner Sponsors

We’re pleased to offer exciting new incentives for our sponsors! Learn more here or contact Jen Fukutaki ( ) or Danielle Higa ( for more information about Densho Dinner sponsorship opportunities.

Presenting Sponsors

Kimi & Bob Oki

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Ron Tanemura & Tina Yamagiwa

Silver Sponsors

Colbert & Gail Matsumoto

Bronze Sponsors

Kanamori Family
John Y. and Reiko E. Sato Foundation
Tokioka Foundation

Table Sponsors

City Produce Company, LLC
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Nintendo of America Inc.
Yvonne Kinoshita Ward, Civil Rights Lawyer
Ikeda Family

Supporting Sponsors

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Community Tables

Seattle JACL

Table Captains

Bif Brigman / Betti Fujikado / Jan Tsutsumoto Gokami / Alex Higa / Susii & Warren Higa / Kelsi Ida & Ryen Shimizu / Tracy Lai / David Lee / Pat Norikane Logerwell / Terry Luke / Ross & Ava Ohashi / Toni Okada / Brad Ogura / Alan & JoAnn Oiye / Nicholas Oki / Junior Nagaki & Janice Nakamura / Ivy Arai Tabbara / Tsutakawa Family / Gloria Lung Wakayama / Dale H. Watanabe / Mary Jo & Jeff Sakoi /  Shigaki Family / Yamada and Yasutake Families / Irene Yamamoto / Barbara Yasui / Charlene Yoritsune

Venue, Directions, and Parking Information

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

Remember last year’s parking headache? You don’t have to worry about long waits this time around — the parking system had been revamped to make sure it will be smooth sailing for us this time around!


Contact us or 206-320-0095

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