Start of Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
October 1, 1900
Seattle Hiroshima Club started in October 1900, when eleven men met to form a mutual society that would look after the many people coming from Japan to the “New World”. Founding Fathers of “Koryo Gikai” : Fujii, Chojiro Fujikawa, Tsunesaburo Iwami, Miyojiro Iwamura, Jiro Kirahra, Iwakichi Kusumi, Ryusaburo Masuda, Yasutaro Nakata, Iwakichi Nakata, Naoichi Sakuma, Yoshio Shiwamura, Sensuke Takenawa, Ichiroji Wada, Naoichi Watanabe, Tamejiro
Begining of Koryo Gikai
January 20, 1901
The official begining of Koryo Gikai was celebrated by 14 founders
From Koryo Gikai to Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
October 1, 1904
The club name was change from Koryo Gikai to Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
Japan declared war against Russia
February 8, 1907
Japan declared war against Russia. The members contributed generously to the War Relief Fund
Helping the War Effort
August 28, 1907
The club raised $658.50 to help establish the Imperial Japanese Voluntary Fleet and $434 was collected and sent to Hiroshima for flood releif
Gei Bi Jin
February 11, 1908
The first monthly magazine called Gei Bi Jin was published
AYPE | Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition
June 1, 1909
The club participated in the Alaska-Yukon-Exposition -AYPE
Northwest Japanese Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
January 5, 1910
The club’s name changed to Northwest Japanese Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
Trip to the Japan on SS Sado Maru
November 14, 1913
The first tour group consisting of 150 tourists organized by the Ken Jin Kai made a trip to Japan aboard the SS Sado Maru
The Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai was incorporated in the State of WA
April 28, 1915
The Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai was incorporated in the State of Washington
Picnic with 300 Attendees
June 27, 1915
A picnic was held near the AYPE site and over 300 people attended.
Revisions on The Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
January 20, 1920
Revisions and additions were made to the original constitution of the Northwest Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai Publishes a Book
October 1, 1920
To commemorate the 20 years history of The Pacific Northwest, Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai published a book. For the period of 1921 to 1945 written information and photographs are almost non-existent because records were either lost of destroyed during the World War II. From 1941 to 1945 club activities were suspended because members were incarcerated in various internment camps.
Uniting Two Communities
February 20, 1933
More than 700 people attend the celebration party uniting Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai and the branch of Hiroshima Kai Gai Kyo Kai held at Washington Hall
Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai Board Arrested
December 7, 1941
When World War II between Japan and America was declared all of Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai Board members were arrested and detained in the United States Immigration Station. At the same time all club activities ceased.
Re-established as Gei Bi Club
April 13, 1947
Some of the former leaders gathered at NP Hotel and made a plan to revive the organization under the name of Gei BI Club, following the same purpose and rules they had before. After enduring a very diffivult period during and after WWII, former Ken Jin Kai members re-established the organization which they named the “Gei Bi Club”. with the same mission, purpose and rules as they had before. In 1984, the name was changed back to “Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai” as some had felt that the name “Gei Bi Club” gave a feudalisitic impression and the possibility for being misunderstood by future generations.
First Post-War Annual Meeting
January 18, 1948
The first post-war meeting was held at Maneki Restaurant attended by 34 members, and the club was renamed the Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai. As the Club’s members re-establishe their lives in the greater Seattle area after WWII. Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai’s activities expanded to support others, by sending care packages and financial aid to wartorn Hiroshima.
Governor and Mayor of Hiroshima visits
April 10, 1950
The Governor of Hiroshima Tsunei Kusunose as well as the Mayor of Hiroshima Shinzo Hamai made a seattle visit.
Hiroshima Reconstruction Fund
August 12, 1951
The Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai raised $400 through the sales of Peace Seals for the Hiroshima Reconstruction Fund.
Fundraising for Children’s Library
July 26, 1954
As a response to a request from mayor of Hiroshima, Shinzo Hamai a fund-raising effort was held for the constructions of a children’s library.
October 1, 1955
Seiso Bitow Organized a 16 day tour of Washington State
Governor Ohara from Hiroshima Prefecture
July 10, 1956
A welcome dinner was held for Mr. Ohara, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture
Annual New Years Party
January 14, 1957
At the annual New Years party at the Club presented small gifts to members who were 65 years and older. During 1957 the club hosted the following dignitaries: Shinichi Mansumoto – advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister Kishi Tadao Ito – Chair of the City Council of Hiroshima Tadao Watanabe – Mayor of the city of Hiroshima
Businessmen from Chugoku Visits
February 2, 1960
The club held a welcome dinner for 10 businessman from the Chugoku district, who were here to observe and learn American business practices
Japanese Community Queen
May 1, 1960
It started on May 1950, May (Tsutsumoto) Mori, was chosen by Seattle JACL to represent our city in the National JACL Convention and to participate in the National Queen Pagent in Chicago. She was the daugther of Club members Mr. and Mrs. Tsutsumoto. Ten years later in 1960 Japanese Community Queen program began with a vision of Minoru Tsubota, who proposed a Nisei Queen Pageant be organized. Many daughters of Seattle Hiroshima Club members have been selected as the Seattle Japanese Community Queen since the inception of the program.
Oshoro Maru Crew Welcome Dinner
August 1, 1960
The club held a welcome dinner for the seven Hiroshima crew members from the Oshoro Maru training ship. This marked the beginning of hosting crew members from variety of training ships
Donation For Kure City Hall
July 26, 1961
The club sent a donation of $416 for the rebuilding of the Kure City Hall
Mayor Tetsu Sasaki Visits
September 23, 1961
A welcome dinner was hosted for the acting Mayor of Hiroshima, Tetsu Sasaki
Mayor Yoshito Okuda from Kure
July 5, 1962
The club held a welcome dinner for Yoshito Okuda the mayor of Kure
Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai to Hiroshima Club
January 19, 1964
The name of Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai was changed to Hiroshima Club. The constitution of the club was revisedand at the same time the new Miyajima Club was organized and started by the younger members.
First Hiroshima Club Scholarships
July 1, 1964
In an effort to aid members in fullfiling the hope and dreams of higher education for their childres, Hiroshima Club established a college scholarship program. The scholarships recognized outstanding highschool seniors. The first awards were given to four Hiroshima descendants, Hiroshi Hoida, Marcias Kadoguchi, Susan Kihara and Carole Kouara. Since that time more than 130 students have been the recipients of the Hiroshima Club scholarships.
Gifts to Vietnam Soldiers
December 20, 1966
Christmas gifts were sent to sons of club members serving in Vietnam and other overseas locales
Annual New Year Party
January 14, 1967
At the Annual New Year party special gifts were given to those who turned 85 years old in 1967. At the same time $575 was collected and donated to the Atomic Peace Dome Maintenance Fund in Hiroshima
Governor Iwao Nagano
May 31, 1967
A welcome dinner was held in honor of Iwao Nagano, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture
June 12, 1970
At the annual picnic 125 members of the club took three busses to Ocean Shores for a day trip. In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Masato Uyeda led a group to Hiroshima Japan.
25th Atomic Bomb Anniversary Service
August 8, 1970
Mr. Masato Uyeda led a group of members to attend Hiroshima’s 25th Atomic Bomb Anniversary in Hiroshima City, Japan to present flowers from the Seattle Hiroshima Club.
Hiroshima Club to Seattle Hiroshima Club
July 11, 1971
The name of the club was changed to Seattle Hiroshima Club, when it became registered as a non-profit organization. This is the name which the club is known today.
Mt. Rainier Day Trip
July 20, 1972
Over 70 members went to Mt. Rainier for a day trip
Hiroshima Club gives back
September 19, 1972
The Hiroshima CLub presented 100,000 yen for the Hiroshima Flood Relief Fund and 10, 000 yen towards the publication of Gaji Hiroshima
June 3, 1974
Together with Hyaku Do Kai , the Hiroshima Club went on a trip to Spokane for the World Exposition
30th Anniversary of Atomic Bomb Memorial Service
August 10, 1975
In the midst of the camaraderie and good times enjoyed by the group, Hiroshima Club members also remembered the past losses and suffering of their families. The 30th Anniversary of Atomic Bomb Memorial Service was held at the Seattle Buddhist Church attended by 250 people. This was the beginning of the combined Seattle Hiroshima Club and Seattle Buddhist Church annual atomic bomb memorial services.
75th Year Anniversary Celebration
January 19, 1976
The Club’s 75th anniverssary celebration was held in Seattle Buddhist Church auditorium. The Club reach a milestone and celebrated its 75th Anniversary with over 350 people attending. 19 members 85 years and older were sent congratulatory letters and gifts from Hiroshima Governor Hiroshi Miyazawa and special achievement awards were presented to seven members. Total membership has reached 507 at this point.
Gov. Miyazawa and Kenshin Treatments
April 4, 1977
Gov. Miyazawa of Hiroshima Prefecture visited and a doctor from Hiroshima visited Seattle for kenshin. Kenshin is a physical examination of atomic bomb survivors from WWII. This visit signals the bi-annual visits by a doctor from Hiroshima to the present time.
80th Year Anniversary Celebration
January 18, 1981
Hiroshima Club celebrates the 80th year anniversary at Settle Buddhist Church Auditorium.
Harrison Hot Springs – Canada
June 19, 1982
An outing to Harrison Hot Springs Canada was held for members.
June 19, 1983
A 14 day tour of Japan was organized by Yoshiaki Sako, Ted and Paul Tomita.
1st Seattle Hiroshima Club Golf Tournament
May 23, 1984
A new type of Activity was initiated when the first Seattle Hiroshima Club Golf Tournament was introduced on 1984. It was played at the Jefferson Park Golf COurse and was won by Smith Morimoto.
85th Anniversary Celebration
January 14, 1986
The 85th anniversary of the club was celebrated. The Mayor of Hiroshima , Takeshi Araki visited Seattle.
Hiroshima Museum Rep. Pays a visit
May 30, 1987
A representative of the Hiroshima Museum visited Seattle to interview members and collect materials for the museum. As it had done in the past, the Club responded whole-heartedly to request from Japan, members collected and shipped three containers of materials including a farm worker’s shack, horse driven farm equipments, oyster harvesting equipment, office machines and books about Japanese immigrants in the Northwest. The Frank M. Kobuki House a quintessential shelter for farm workers in the early part of this century was dismantled and sent along with its furnishings.
Puget Sound Cruise
August 8, 1987
More than 100 members and friends enjoyed lunch and entertainment on a four-hour cruise of Puget Sound on the Silver Swan
Seattle Keiro Nursing Home visit
December 19, 1987
The Club continued with social welfare work and visited 24 members in Seattle Kiro Nursing Home and 13 shut-ins in their home. Starting 1992 the Club began visiting Keiro residents twice a year with gifts of poinsettias during their December visits.
Governor Takeshita of the Hiroshima Prefecture visited Seattle
May 30, 1989
Governor Takeshita of the Hiroshima Prefecture visited Seattle. A ten-day tour of Japan was organized by Tsu Horike. A group of musicians from Hiroshima performed Taiso Koto at the Seattle Buddhist Church Auditorium.
Taisho Koto Performers of Seattle
July 9, 1989
A group of Taiso Koto players from Hiroshima performed at Seattle Buddhist Church. Taisho Koto is a unique Japanese four string musical instrument modified from the traditional Japanse Koto. Ayako Horike started a Taisho Koto group in Seattle
“From Hiroshima to Hope” Lantern Floating Ceremony
August 7, 1993
The Club Started yearly donations to “From Hiroshima to Hope” lantern floating ceremony program in remembrance of the atomic bomb victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Youth Exchange Program
July 14, 1997
Two descendants of Hiroshima Club mebers, Julie Nakayama and Damon Ono attended a Youth Exchange Program in Hiroshima, Japan. The main purposes of this project were first to promote international understanding and encourage communication and personal exchanges between foreign youht ans the youth of Hiroshima and second to promote new networks for the next genera tion.
Women in Golf Tournaments
September 7, 1997
The men’s Golf Tournament became so popular that they invited the female members of Hiroshima Club were invited to participate. Nori Yamaguchi was the first winner in the Women’s Division.
Chairman Toshihiro Hiyama visits Seatle
October 5, 1998
Approximately 100 members including those from Oregon Hiroshima Club attended dinner to celebrate the reception for Chairman Toshihiro Hiyama and nine delegates of the Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly. Mr. Hiyama presented and award to 19 members attending the dinner out of 82 current members who are 80 years and older. And a special appreciation award to Tsu Horike, Masao Yamaguchi, and Paul Hosoda for their many years of service to the Club.
Kagura Performance at Seattle
April 16, 1999
The Kagura performers, a 20 member troupe from Hiroshima Japan performed Yamato Oroshi- a play about the eight headed giant serpent- at the 24th Annual Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival at the Seattle Center
International Sport Festival
October 12, 1999
At the invitation of Governor Yuzan Fujita, Our Members Masao Yamaguchi, Sumiko Yamaguchi and Mary Fujita attended the International Sport Festival at Hiroshima Stadium
1,000 Mizuhiki Cranes named “Tree of Peace”
February 19, 2000
Haruko Shimizu, a talented teacher of the ancient craft of mizuhiki, crafted and presented the “Tree of Peace” to the Hiroshima Peace Park. This work of art consisted of 1,000 mizuhiki cranes in various colors as a sumbol of peace. Mrs. Shimizu was assisted by Hiroshima Club, Seattle Betsuin women, and Dharma class students in this project.
Mukilteo Historic marker
March 20, 2000
The club gave $250 for Mukilteo Historic marker, recognizing good will between Caucasian and Japanese workers in the lumber industry in early 1900’s.
100th Year Anniversary
January 14, 2001
The club’s 100th Anniversary was celebrated at the Doubletree Suites by over 160 members in attendance
Overseas Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai
June 1, 2002
For the first time our Club is represnted at the Overseas Hiroshima Ken Jin Kai in Hiroshima
Supervisor of Youth Affairs from Hiroshima
December 15, 2003
A dinner reception was held in honor of Mr. Yoshiki Nakagami who is the supervisor of the Youth Affairs Office, Environmental & Citizens Affair Department of the Hiroshima Prefectural Government. The Club assisted Mr. Nakagami during his three day visit to Seattle to contact educators at International Innovations and Seattle University to learn and hear the programs being conducted to promote youht developments in the USA. The Youth Affairs Office is searching from new methods in which can be incorporated into their programs to promote involvement from families, schools and local communities and to invigorate youth developments activities in their local communities.
Hiroshima Youth Exchange Program
September 19, 2004
Two students from the Club attended the Hiroshima Youth Exchange Program in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan.