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A Unique Celebration: Japanese American Heritage Day at Neely Mansion

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Neely Mansion has been home to four immigrant families who lived and farmed at the property after the Neelys left the residence and returned to city life in the early 20th century. In recognition of its distinct history, the Neely Mansion Association is honoring the two Japanese immigrant families, the Fukudas and the Horis, who resided at the historic property from 1914 to the late 1930s.  The celebration takes place Saturday, August 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Seattle Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa will speak at 11:00 a.m. about her mother’s life, living in Los Angeles and Japan, then returning to the U.S., and incarceration during World War II. She and her husband George Tsutakawa became leaders in the cultural community, contributing to the development of Asian Arts in Seattle.

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At 1:00 p.m. lively Taiko drumming, courtesy of CHIKIRI and the School of Taiko will rock the front lawn. Guests will also be invited to play the drums!

Tour the 1894 Victorian Farmhouse and Japanese Bath House, built by the Hori Family in 1930.  Enjoy hands-on origami and other Japanese creative arts and activities.

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Neely Mansion Japanese Heritage Day

  • Neely Mansion: 12303 SE Auburn-Black Diamond Road Auburn, WA 98092
    (Just east of SR 18 Auburn-Black Diamond Road Exit)
  • Saturday, August 13, 11 am to 3 pm
  • Food and Beverages will be served at this Free event. \
  • Parking is outside the gate.

For more information about this event or Neely Mansion go to: www.neelymansion.org or call: (253) 927-4250.

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The above is a release from the Neely Mansion Assn. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its content. 

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