Monday, January 16, 2012

Upcoming Zenimura Book Events

If you're in Arizona or California during Q1 2012, please join me at the following speaking and book-signing events:
Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Sunday, February 19, 2012
12:30 PM
Chandler, AZ

web: http://www.vuu.org/
The 19th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference
Wednesday, March 7-10, 2012
Tempe, AZ
web:
http://www.nineregistration.com/
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Saturday, March 24, 2012
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA
web:
http://www.janm.org/events/2012/03/#24

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nisei Baseball Featured at the Chandler Multicultural Festival

Chandler’s 17th Annual Multicultural Festival on January 14 highlighted the community’s rich cultural diversity through food, music, dance, art, storytelling and more.


Included in the "more" category was the Nisei Baseball Research Project. The NBRP booth showcased my new Kenichi Zenimura book, and also highlighted the "edu-tainment" projects of the organization, such as:
  • Educational Curriculum: Diamonds in the Rough
  • Documentary: Diamonds in the Rough, Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball with Host and Narrator - Pat Morita
  • Movie: American Pastime
  • Book: Through a Diamond: 100 years of Japanese American Baseball, by Kerry Yo Nakagawa
In addition to NBRP-related projects, the booth also featured Baseball Saved Us, by Ken Ken Mochizuki (Author) & Dom Lee (Illustrator). I use this book when speaking at elementary schools, as it is a great introduction to Japanese American Internment for kids (of any age).




Among the masses who stopped by the booth was Ken Koshio, Taiko Drummer who performed on the Unity Stage earlier in the day. Because I was working the booth, I didn't get a chance to see him play. Next month he is scheduled to play at the Arizona Matsuri Festival. I'll be attending just as a spectator so I can thoroughly participate in and enjoy everything the Matsuri Festival has to offer. If you can, check it out:


Arizona Matsuri
The 28th Annual Festival of Japan
February 25-26, 2012
Heritage and Science Park,
Downtown Phoenix

http://azmatsuri.org/Performers/performers.html

For more information about the Nisei Baseball Research Project, visit: http://www.niseibaseball.com.


My next post will provide a listing of events I'll be presenting at in early 2012.