Last night we gathered as a community to ‘Raise a Toast’ to the Tokyo Olympics and fundraise for the Society’s programs at our 98th Holiday Celebration and Auction.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who joined our 98th Holiday Celebration & Auction live event last night! It was a big success and we sincerely hope you enjoyed it! Whether it was by playing our AM/PM games, watching the live stream, bidding on auction packages, or buying last-minute raffle tickets, we cannot thank you all enough for the support!

Our program featured incredible musical performances from the Evergreen Glee Club, Okinawa Taiko, Jazz featuring Society board member and past chair Chris Helm, and a special performance by Jake Shimabukuro.

We received special messages from three different Japanese Olympic Athletes. Ryo Kiyuna discussed how he prepared for the 2020 Olympics amidst the uncertainty of COVID. Misato Nakamura shared her experience as a torchbearer for the Tokyo Olympics and about her new project “Stand Up Judo”. Finally, Mika Sugimoto shared a message of encouragement and hope.

An extra special shout-out to all of our sponsors and donors who helped make this event a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you all! Arigato gozaimashita!

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the event live you can watch the recording on YouTube:

In case you missed it, here are the winners from last night’s raffle draw!

Raffle Draw Winners

Gold – iPad 9th Generation 64GB: Maki Kawamura

Silver – $150 Westin Seattle Gift Certificate: Sara Sandford

Bronze – $100 84 Yesler Restaurant Gift Certificate: Akiko Sato

And here are our AM and PM Game winners!

AM Game Winners

Gold – Starbucks Coffee Gift Set: Takashi Morikubo

Silver – Storyville Coffee Gift Set: Akemi Sagawa

Bronze – 84 Yesler Rest- 2 12oz VI Camp Cups: Ken Farmer

PM Game Winners

(We have two gold medal winners for this game!)

Gold – $365 Wine Collection: Masako Kodama

Gold – $365 Wine Collection: Kosei Yamada

Bronze – $107 Wine Collection: Tek/Hiromi Nakajima

Notes about the PM Game:

As there was a typo in the English/Japanese translation for Question 4, all participants received 1 point for this question. Please see the correction below:

Question in English: How much wine (in value) did the State of Washington export to Japan in 2020?
Question in Japanese: アメリカは、2020年、ワインをドルにしてどれぐらい日本へ輸出しましたか? (How much wine (in value) did the US export to Japan in 2020?)

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to those who participated!

A Special thank you to our Sponsors!


List of Our Past Interns

Chihiro MatsuoJune 29, 2022 ~ September 2, 2022
Moena YamakawaJune 29, 2022 ~ August 19, 2022
Jiwoo JungApril 4, 2022 ~ July 31, 2022
Satoshi MikiJune 2022