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.

Event Details

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

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 in co-organizing the March 2019 Tsuru for Solidarity protest outside the South Texas Family prison, as well as her years of research into the impacts of incarceration on children. 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.
More program information will be available soon!

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)
Espresso Cheese Cake or Olive Oil Rosemary Cake (V)

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 Sponsor

The Oki Foundation
Kim & Bob Oki

Title Sponsor

Tateuchi Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Ron Tanemura & Tina Yamagiwa

Silver Sponsors

Colbert & Gail Matsumoto
M.J. Takisaki, Inc.
Gobo Enterprises

Bronze Sponsors

Kanamori Family
Ohashi Landscape Services
John Y. and Reiko E. Sato Foundation
Union Bank

Table Sponsors

City Produce Company, LLC
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Yvonne Kinoshita Ward
Ikeda Family

Table Captain

Jan Tsutsumoto Gokami / Alex Higa / Susii Higa / Kelsi Ida / David Lee / Terry Luke / Ross & Ava Ohashi / Nicholas Oki / Ivy Arai Tabbara / Mayumi Tsutakawa / Gloria Lung Wakayama / Jeff Sakoi /  Irene Yamamoto / Barbara Yasui / Charlene Yoritsune

Venue, Directions, and Parking Information

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


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