Nagomi Tea House Staff Position Announcement

We are recruiting for a staff to manage the Nagomi Tea House, sponsored by the non-profit Hokubei Hochi Foundation.  The position description is below.  If you are interested, please send resume and brief cover letter to:  

Nagomi Tea House Staff Position Announcement

  (June 2016)

The Nagomi Tea House, operated under the non-profit Hokubei Hochi Foundation, is located in Seattle’s International District at 519 Sixth Avenue South.  The space is available to the public to rent for events.

The tea house staffperson has primary responsibility to interface with potential users, show the space, prepare rental agreements, prepare the space for uses, and cleaning up the space after uses.

Specific responsibilities are:

·      Handle all inquiries via phone, email or in-person regarding Tea House space.

·      Show the space and negotiate details of the use with potential users.

·      Prepare rental agreements, collect funds, follow-up with any questions or issues that may arise.

·      Set up the space using a customized floor plan for each event.

·      Arrange to open up the tea house, and close-up/lock down procedures after event ends (other personnel can assist here)

·      Purchase supplies that maximize efficiency and cost savings.

·      Interface with landlord maintenance personnel as needed.

Required Skills and Abilities

·      Excellent communication skills

·      Passion and priority for great customer service and willingness to “go the extra mile” for customers.

·      Attention to detail

·      Strong follow-through; timely completion of all tasks

·      Ability to prioritize schedules and deadlines

Supervision and Training

·      Staff person reports to owner representative and will be assisted by current tea house staff

Hours:  approximately 5-15 per week (varies depending on number of events)

Pay:  Hourly negotiable, independent contract, no benefits

Physical Requirements: Ability to lift 10-20 pounds, routinely moving tables and chairs.

See:  Please send resume and brief cover letter to:  Thank you for your interest.


2016 Japan Group Tour-Hurry, Sign-Ups Ending Soon!

The popular Japan group tour is scheduled for Fall 2016 — departing on September 10-22nd, 11 nights/13 days (including two travel days).  Destinations include cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Tokyo.

 Space will be limited on this tour so we will close out tour sign-ups very soon!

Co-sponsored by the Hokubei Hochi Foundation and The North American Post.

For more information, please contact: or call 206.519.5469.

Two Local Nikkei Newspapers Now Available to Public

We are pleased to announce that two Japanese language newspapers are now digitized and accessible to the public.

A community reception was recently held to unveil the new website for the digitized issues of the Seattle-based Hokubei Jiji (North American Times) and Hokubei Hochi (North American Post).  This is the culmination of nearly four years of work by sponsors Hokubei Hochi Foundation, University of Washington Libraries (Suzzallo and Paul Allen) and Digital Initiatives.

Over 6,000 pages, primarily in Japanese, of old issues have been and continue to be uploaded onto the website:

Now readers from around the world can view past issues that contain fascinating coverage of local community, national, and global events as they actually unfolded.  We are currently translating the titles and article summaries of each front page from Japanese to English.

This is the only such digital project involving a Japanese language newspapers in the U.S.  We believe that to study the cultural, social, and political history and heritage of a region, readers must go beyond ‘mainstream’ papers to reach diverse viewpoints.  These Japanese community newspapers tells the stories of families, businesses and activities as told in the pages and are an important and unique part of the development of the American West.

Even the newspaper advertisements are important as economic indicators of the period.

We are far from finished as there are many thousands more pages to be scanned and uploaded, and we expect this project could continue for years.  Once complete, this will be the first full collection and it is hoped that many more Japanese American newspapers can be added to this database.

For more information on the project, contact Elaine Ikoma Ko,, or Glenda Pearson,

See article on NNDA in San Francisco’s Nichi Bei Weekly (July 9-22, 2015 issue).


Elaine Ikoma Ko、elaine@hokubeihochi.orgまたは
Glenda Pearson、email:pearson@uw.eduにお問い合わせ下さい。


Dec. 13: Kay Hirai’s “Keiko’s Journey” Book Premiere Event

Please join us at the Nagomi Tea House, on Sunday, Dec. 13th, 2015, 2:30PM-4:00PM, for the exclusive book premiere event of “Keiko’s Journey,” by local Seattle author Kay Hirai.  This is a thought-provoking and dramatic memoir of Kay Hirai’s childhood in Japan during WWII.  Guest performer is Paul Kikuchi.  Signed books and related items for sale, partial proceeds to The North American Post newspaper.  For more information:

Cosponsored by:  Chin Music Press, The North American Post, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, and Soy Source newspaper.