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Sho Jo Ji at the Asian Lantern Festival


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News of Note 


The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was created in 1980 to investigate the constitutional and ethical objections of Executive Order 9066. 

Testimony was provided many people - several Clevelanders are included here. 
First is  Ike Komatsu.  Ike Komatsu lived in Shaker Hts and was an exec at Mr. Coffee.  Some may remember he and his wife.   Text HERE

Second, the testimony of Masayuki Tashima of Cleveland Ohio who spoke before the committee of the effects of incarceration on his family. Some of us remember Masi and his life here in Cleveland.   Text HERE

Third is Toaru Ishiyama from Parma.  A community activist talks about the psychological effects of incarceration on Japanese Americans.  Text HERE.

Their testimony is a reminder of the difficulty placed on families not only during incarceration but for many years after the war ended. 


https://youtu.be/HqH0HpOujGo

A great video from Kids Meet - an interview with a child about the Japanese Incarceration during WWII
https://youtu.be/oEVdWcXS_2M

Watch the Ohio State University Japanese Student Organization perform SorenBushi

YES - our kids are celebrating their heritage!
August 7, 2022
CJAF Community Picnic and Scholarship Award
SAVE THE DATE

Thanks to all who attended the August 8th Community Picnic.  We saw faces we haven't seen in awhile and it was a well attended fun day for all
Congratuations to Alexis Ochi, our 2021 Scholaship award winner. Good Luck at college this fall, Alexis. 
2:30-3PM  Syrian Garden - Sho Jo Ji Dancers