On August 8, 1945, Hajime and Tsukasa Mukai were at Ooko Elementary School, about two miles away from the hypocenter of the explosion. These brothers survived that experience, and are now in their seventies living in Los Angeles.
As part of Hiroken’s Japan Culture and Heritage Program, Hajime and Tsukasa have offered to share their stories of the moments before and after the bomb, and their hardships growing in in Hiroshima. Please come and join us for this event.
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Hiroshima Building, 712 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10
Language: Hajime and Tsukasa will speak in their native Japanese Hiroshima dialect. English translation will be provided.
Saturday, May 19 from 11 am to 2:30 pm
At Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo
Discover Nikkei staff at the Japanese American National Museum will lead a tour of the Museum’s “Common Ground” exhibition which provides an overview of Japanese American history.
After lunch, participants will take part in a fun game that teaches about the
Japanese American experience in an interactive way, including information
about the Hiroshima Kenjinkai.
Start time: 11 am
Lunch Break 12 – 1 pm
Afternoon games: 1 – 2:30 pm
RSVP by Thursday, May 17. Email Hiroken at email@example.com
Hope you’re having a wonderful winter season!
We would like to give you some developments regarding next year’s Japan Culture and Heritage Program. First, we’ve locked in our travel dates. We will depart from LAX on July 18, 2012, and return on July 25*. We’ve reserved 18 seats on Singapore Airlines, so space is limited. Second, for our third orientation session, which will take place in May, we have teamed up with the Japanese American National Museum. The program will include a guided tour of the museum followed by a program for our participants to learn more about Japanese American history and identity. Finally, due to interest in participating in our program without traveling to Japan, Hiroken is inviting applicants to for our orientation sessions without committing to the travel portion of program. The deadline to commit to the travel portion of the program will be sometime in March.
We’ll let you know more updates once they are confirmed. In the meantime we’re working hard to make this a fantastic program for those of you interested in getting to know the Japanese American community and Japan. For more information and to download the application, visit us at hirokensocal.org. We hope you can be a part of this wonderful program, and please help spread the word to others. Thanks!
See you in 2012!