July 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Free, Advance Registration Required
Haruka Roudebush, Senior Programs Manager
We’re teaming up with Japanese American Memorial PilgrimagesTadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage program for this month’s Community Kitchen Virtual Potluck! Learn about and make weenies royale and other recipes from the camps and join in on a discussion of food in the camps and Japanese American food traditions!
Sunday, July 5, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration



We’re honored to have our Community Kitchen virtual potlucks be a part of the Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage this month! For those new to the Center, our Community Kitchen program is a quarterly communal cooking class organized by a volunteer committee that teaches participants a multi-course menu of Japanese and Japanese American family recipes and home cooking in a social, multi-generational setting. Since shelter in place took effect, we have held monthly virtual potlucks in place of our usual in-person gatherings. For this month’s session, participants should be prepared to do the following:



Weenies Royale Recipe
(Taken from: https://www.npr.org/2007/12/20/17335538/weenie-royale-food-and-the-japanese-internment)


  • Ingredients
    • 1/2 white or yellow onions, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 hot dogs
    • 3 eggs
    • Cooked white rice
  • Prepare
    • Saute the chopped onions with a tablespoon of soy sauce and cook at medium to high heat until they are caramelized.
    • While you wait for the onions to caramelize, cut the hot dogs in julienne slices and beat the eggs.
    • After the onions are caramelized, add the hot dogs and cook for 2-3 minutes.
    • Then add the beaten eggs to the onions and hot dogs until the eggs are done.
    • Serve on top of cooked white rice.


About Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage:

The Center is a proud community partner of this year’s Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage.

The founders of the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP), Kimiko Marr and Marissa Fujimoto met at the Minidoka 2016 Pilgrimage. There they were roommates and Kimiko shared her brain child with Marissa, which is now called the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. Both having their family incarcerated and filmmakers, they decided to partner up to document stories from the pilgrimages they attend to share the experience of those who were incarcerated and the intergenerational stories that come along with the incarceration.

From 2016-2018 they have traveled to 12 Pilgrimages and 16 assembly centers. They received a grant in 2018 from the Japanese American Confinement Sites program grant through the National Parks Service to produce a website to host these stories as well as to attend all pilgrimages of the WWII incarceration camp sites and to produce mini documentaries from the pilgrimages of families and their experience.

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each of the annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration have been canceled. These pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities for descendants of the camps, the Japanese American community as a whole, and the wider public. Recognizing the ongoing significance of these pilgrimages, JAMP quickly assembled their network of community members to coordinate “Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage,” to take place from June 13th – August 16th, hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website. The 9-week virtual community pilgrimage features free daily virtual programs centered on the Japanese American wartime experience, with separate themes for each day of the week as well as a separate thematic focus for each week, exploring the community’s narrative through speaker panels, discussions, musical and artistic performances, a curated online film festival, and more!

For more information on JAMP and to register for other Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage programs, go to: http://www.jampilgrimages.com.