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Welcome to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) website. As you explore this site you will learn March 30, 1942 - Beginning of Japanese American forced removal from Bainbridge Island about the history of our community on Bainbridge Island as well as our current activities that maintain community connections, celebrate diversity, and promote civil liberties education.

We have compiled a collection of photographs, artifacts, and recorded firsthand accounts that illustrate the human stories behind the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Bainbridge Island was the first community forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in the Manzanar Assembly Center in the California desert. The personal stories behind these events teach us important lessons in humanity, civil rights, and citizenship.

The Nidoto Nai Yoni, "Let it not happen again," Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is built at the site where this first group of internees was taken from our island. The memorial honors those who suffered this injustice and the friends and neighbors who stood beside them and welcomed them back. Designated a satellite of the Minidoka Internment National Historic Site in Jerome County, Idaho, the Bainbridge Island memorial preserves this important moment in history.

March 30th – Bainbridge Island commemorates the 77th Anniversary of the signing of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066

On March 30th, 2019, to commemorate the 77th Anniversary of this chapter in American history, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, National Park Service, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and Eagle Harbor Book Company will host a series of featured events.

Click here for a complete Schedule of Events

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Mochi Tsuki--we have a wonderful community!

Click here for event photos and future events.

Get Involved! Join us the first Wednesday of each month at our regular meetings:

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
215 Ericksen Avenue NE
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
Time: 6pm-8pm

Or contact us for more information: info@bijac.org.

Please explore our website to learn more about the memorial, the people it honors, and the unique history of the Nikkei on Bainbridge Island.

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