By P.C. Staff
SEATTLE — The Minidoka Pilgrimage and Seattle University are proud to present the Day of Remembrance 2015 Taiko Concert on Feb. 15.
The concert will feature performances by several renowned taiko groups from the Seattle area. Taiko refers to a traditional Japanese form of percussion using large barrel-shaped drums, dynamic playing styles and choreographed movements.
A free exhibit in the Paccar Atrium, located directly outside the auditorium, will include displays about the Minidoka Pilgrimage, Seattle University, National Park Service and Minidoka National Historic Site, as well as the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee/NVC Foundation.
Raffle ticket sales and a general store will also be in the atrium to help support the work of the Minidoka Pilgrimage.
The concert will benefit the 13th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage from Seattle, Portland and across the nation to the Minidoka Incarceration Camp in southern Idaho. Minidoka was one of 10 camps where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Today, it is a unit of the National Park System and is developing into an educational site about civil liberties.
The pilgrimage brings together former incarcerees, their families and friends and those interested in learning more about the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. It also offers attendees the unique opportunity to hear and learn directly from those who experienced it firsthand.
The Day of Remembrance Marks the 73rd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the mass incarceration. The day commemorates the injustices, race prejudice and hardships of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in the American concentration camps during WWII.