Welcome to BIJAC Online!
Welcome to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) website. As you explore this site you will learn 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.
75th Anniversary of the Exclusion, March 30, 2017
9 a.m.—4 p.m. Free Admission to the Award-Winning Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, 215 Ericksen Ave. N.E.
11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. 75th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive. CEREMONY WILL START PROMPTLY AT 11 AM. Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae are among speakers at the ceremony. Parking is extremely limited.
4 p.m.—6 p.m. Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community Films at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way East. Four award-winning documentary films produced by Bainbridge Island filmmakers will be screened, followed by a panel discussion. Reservations are strongly recommended through the BIMA website. Free tickets for the films can be reserved here.
4:00 p.m. THE RED PINES
7 p.m. "HISTORY, HONOR, HEALING AND HOPE", a talk by BIJAC president Clarence Moriwaki followed by Q&A. Reservations are strongly recommended. Free tickets for the talk can be reserved here.
Please explore our website to learn more about the memorial, the people it will honor, and the unique history of the Nikkei on Bainbridge Island.