NJAHS to hold annual awards dinner

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday, March 26 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event, the theme of which is “Transformations,” will feature a no-host cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner and awards program at 6 p.m.

NJAHS will honor San Francisco Taiko Dojo founder Seiichi Tanaka, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, judoka Keiko Fukuda, former Military Intelligence Service (MIS) member Marvin Uratsu and painter, activist and college professor Betty Kano.

Robert Handa and Jana Katsuyama, both of KTVU-TV 2, will emcee the event.

During the event attendees will receive an update on NJAHS’ campaign to rehabilitate for reuse Building 640 in the Presidio of San Francisco as an interpretive center that will advance the legacy of the Nikkei of the MIS as well as the soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion. Building 640 is the site of the first MIS Language School.

According to NJAHS, $4.8 million in federal funds have been appropriated for this project, entitled the MIS Historic Learning Center. The nonprofit recently launched a capital fundraising campaign to raise additional funds necessary to complete the project.

NJAHS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, authentic interpretation, and sharing of historical information about the Japanese American experience.

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, contact NJAHS at (415) 921-5007 or njahs@njahs.org.

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