Wakamatsu Pilgrimage

Presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

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Buses to depart from San Jose Japantown, San Francisco Japantown, Emeryville (East Bay) and Sacramento.


 What:  Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony Pilgrimage

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2019

Time:  11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(Buses leaving Bay Area 8 – 8:45 a.m., Sacramento at 10 a.m.)

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

Join us for our second 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 founded 150 years ago and 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 Museum.

• Recognizing descendants of Wakamatsu colonist Kuninosuke Masumizu.

FREE Family History Consultations with California Genealogical Society volunteers.

Daniel A. Metraux, author of the new book “The Wakamatsu Tea And Silk Colony Farm And The Creation Of Japanese America.”

Newly-installed monuments.

… and MORE!

MUST BE AMBULATORY: WALKING INVOLVED


SPECIAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BUS PACKAGES (Includes charter bus fee, bento lunch & water, Wakamatsu tours, program)

FREE FOR SENIOR MEMBERS (aged 65+)* OF THE NICHI BEI FOUNDATION (limited to the first 100).

*NOTE: To qualify for the FREE trip for seniors, participants need to be:

1) Members/Subscribers of the Nichi Bei; and

2) Age 65+


SAN FRANCISCO PACKAGE (Limit 45):

$70 per person / $40 Nichi Bei Members or Seniors 65+

Loads 8 a.m. / Departs 8:15 a.m. from Japantown Peace Plaza, Post at Buchanan streets, San Francisco Japantown


EAST BAY PACKAGE (Limit 45):

$70 per person / $40 Nichi Bei Members or Seniors 65+

Loads 8:30 a.m. / Departs 8:45 a.m. from J-Sei, 1285 66th St., Emeryville, CA


SAN JOSE PACKAGE (Limit 50):

$70 per person / $40 Nichi Bei Members or Seniors 65+

Loads 7:45 a.m. / Departs 8 a.m. from San Jose Betsuin, 640 N. 5th St., San Jose Japantown


SACRAMENTO PACKAGE (Limit 45):

$40 per person / $25 Nichi Bei Members or Seniors 65+

Loads 9:45 a.m. / Departs 10 a.m. from Tenrikyo High Sacramento Church, 2216 6th St. (at W Street), Sacramento


Download the Order Form HERE


RESOURCES:

READ: “150 years later, Wakamatsu colony comes back to life” by Stephen Magagnini, Nichi Bei Weekly, July 4, 2019 (with accompanying multimedia report by Terry Pon)

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

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MORE INFO & TO ORDER PACKAGES: 

Website: www.nichibei.org/wakamatsu-pilgrimage

e-mail: programs@nichibeifoundation.org

Phone: (415) 294-4655


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