BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.2038@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20091016T000000Z DTEND:20091016T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Tour the exhibit about the local Japanese American family\, the Kawai's\, followed by lunch at Japon Bistro.\n\n<strong>About the Kawai F amily</strong> \n The Kawai Family's Pasadena story began in 1902 with the arrival of master carpenter Toichiro Kawai.&nbsp\; He had first arrived i n the San Francisco area in 1898. Within a few years\, Toichiro was workin g on the moving and reconstruction of the Japanese house from George Marsh 's early Pasadena Japanese Garden to the estate of Henry Huntington\, wher e he also built the moon bridge and temple bell tower.&nbsp\; Toichiro was able to purchase property near PCC and build a home before the Alien Land Laws took effect. The onset of World War II interrupted the lives of all the Kawai family\, with most of them interned at Gila River Relocation Cam p in Arizona.&nbsp\; Toichiro's eight children and many grandchildren have pursued a variety of interests and careers throughout Pasadena and beyond .&nbsp\; Leslie Kawai became the first minority member to fill the role of Queen of the Tournament of Roses in 1981.&nbsp\; Kimi Kawai's daughter-in -law\, Sharon Sugiyama\, founded the charity A3M\, Asians for Miracle Marr ow Matches\, which matches Asian bone marrow donors with patients who need that life-giving service.\n\nPlease visit the Pasadena Museum of History site for more info:\n <a href="http://www.pasadenahistory.org/programs_eve nts/">http://www.pasadenahistory.org/programs_events/</a> SUMMARY:Family Stories: The Kawai's URL:/en/events/2009/10/16/family-stories-the-kawais/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR