Wakamatsu Pilgrimage

Presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation

Special program for Nichi Bei Foundation buses only — Japanese bentos (no food service on site), family history consultations and docent-led farm tours limited to Nichi Bei buses.

Limited Space — Deadline EXTENDED to Oct. 3 

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We will have a drawing for 2 Ancestry.com DNA kits ($79 value) with 6-month world subscriptions ($149) for those who participate in the family history consultations at the Wakamatsu Pilgrimage! A great tool for in-depth family history research. Thanks to Linda Okazaki of the California Genealogical Society for securing the kits.


 What:  Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony Pilgrimage

Date:  Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time:  11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Buses leaving Bay Area 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.)

Where:  Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony, Placerville, Calif.

Join us for an inaugural biennial pilgrimage to the site of the first large settlement of Japanese in America. A national and state historic landmark, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony was established June 8, 1869 as the first Japanese colony in the U.S. It is also the birthplace of first Japanese American, and the gravesite of the first Japanese woman buried in the U.S., Okei Ito.

This year’s pilgrimage is a rare opportunity to learn about the storied history of this colony led by John Schnell and former samurai from Aizu-Wakamatsu, present-day Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Participants can trace their own roots through family history consultations with volunteers from the California Genealogical Society.


Program highlights:

Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony tours and exhibits, including the Okei Ito gravesite and Graner House

Gene Gibson, great-great grandson of Kuninosuke Masumizu, a former Wakamatsu Colony settler

• Talk on the Japanese immigrant experience by SF State University Asian American Studies Professor Christen Sasaki, Ph.D.

FREE Family History Consultations with volunteers from the California Genealogical Society

• Preview of Wakamatsu Colony Farm renovation and WakaFest150

• Blessing by Rev. Ronald Kobata, Buddhist Church of San Francisco

Taiko performance by Placer Ume Taiko

Bento lunch included in fees

• Wakamatsu Colony-related books for sale

• Craft activity


SPECIAL PACKAGES — First come, first served

LIMITED SEATING — ORDER BY SEPT. 29

Includes charter bus fee, bento lunch and water, Wakamatsu docent-led site tours, family history consultations, program

• SAN FRANCISCO PACKAGE (Limit: 90 persons): Bus loads at 8:15 a.m.

($70 per person; $60 Nichi Bei members/subscribers):

Departs 8:45 a.m. from Japantown Peace Plaza, Post at Buchanan streets


• EAST BAY PACKAGE (Limit: 45 persons): Bus loads at 8:45 a.m.

($70 per person; $60 Nichi Bei members/subscribers): 

Departs 9:15 a.m. from J-Sei, 1285 66th St., Emeryville, Calif.


• SAN JOSE PACKAGE (Limit: 50 persons): Bus loads 8 a.m.

($70 per person; $60 Nichi Bei Foundation members/subscribers):

Departs 8:30 a.m. from San Jose Betsuin, 640 N 5th St., San Jose’s Japantown


WANT TO JOIN US FROM SACRAMENTO?

A Riverside Tanoshimi Kai bus will depart at 8:45 a.m. (check-in 8 a.m.) on Oct. 7 from the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church. $25 General / $20 for Riverside Tanoshimi Kai members (BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH AND FOLDING CHAIR). RSVP/Info: Helen Sakaishi at hsakaishi@sbcglobal.net or call (916) 600-9291 by Sept. 21.


RESOURCES:

WATCH: Rina Nakano’s Fox40 News report “Discovering California’s Lost Samurai”

READ: “WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Preserving the First Settlement of Japanese in America” by Kenji G. Taguma, Nichi Bei Times, April 26 – May 2, 2007

READ:  “History of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony” by Alan Ehrgott, Executive Director, American River Conservancy

CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED PROGRAM AND BUS PACKAGES


MORE INFO & TO ORDER PACKAGES: 

Website: www.nichibei.org/wakamatsu-pilgrimage

e-mail: programs@nichibeifoundation.org

Phone: (415) 294-4655


Presented by:

In partnership with:

 

 

 

 

with support from: 

Riverside Tanoshimi Kai, J-Sei, San Francisco State University Asian American Studies, San Francisco JACL, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin


Sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program

 

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