Juneau Empire Features “Music to Remember”


Take a look at an article appearing in today’s Neighbors section of the Juneau Empire describing the upcoming benefit concert for the Empty Chair Memorial featuring musical artists Steve Tada on violin and Nancy Nash on piano. In it, Steve discusses why and how he and Nancy became interested in donating their time and talents to the Empty Chair Project.

There is also updated information on the project itself, including news about a very generous donation from the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. Follow the link below to read the article:



Internment Panel Discussion at Juneau Library

Nobu Tanaka and her daughter Mary in 1944
at Minidoka Internment Camp near Jerome, Idaho.

A panel discussion about the Japanese evacuation from Alaska during World War II and the Empty Chair Project will be held at Juneau’s Downtown Library on Sunday, February 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Marsha Bennett will introduce the panel members and moderate the discussion. Margie Shackelford and Karleen Grummett will open with an update on the Empty Chair Project, and Marie Darlin will address the response of the Juneau community at the time of the evacuation, including the story of John Tanaka’s graduation.

Most important are the featured speakers, Mary Tanaka Abo and Alice Tanaka Hikido, who will discuss their memories of the three years they spent at Minidoka as children. In addition, Randy Wanamaker will share his family’s experiences, including his grandfather Kirichi Akagi’s evacuation from Angoon.

Time will be given at the end of the discussion for questions. All those interested are very welcome to attend.


Issei (Japanese born) men at Justice of War Camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Row 1, #1 Shonosuke Tanaka
#3 Kirichi Akagi
Row 2, #8 Hikohachi Fukuyama
Row 3, #1 T. Kato (White cook’s hat, head tilted.)
Row 4, #1 Katsutaro Komatsubara (Behind Kato with dark black hair.)
Row 5, #9 Sam Kito, Sr.

Juneau Concert to Benefit the Empty Chair Memorial


Please join Steve Tada on Violin and Nancy Nash on Piano for a concert benefiting The Empty Chair Memorial. The memorial recognizes members of Juneau’s Japanese community who were interned during World War Two and Juneau’s helpful response upon their return.

The concert includes works by Schubert, Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann and Michio Miyagi. It will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Northern Light Church in Juneau, Alaska, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door. General admission is $20.00, seniors are $10.00 and students are free.


Steve Tada and Nancy Nash