View the Ceremony hosted at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on March 30, 2022 Watch the 80th Anniversary presentation in its entirety, featuring Frances Ikegami, survivor of the forced removal, four student leaders from Woodward Middle School, the declaration from the City of Bainbridge Island, speakers from BIJAC,
Hayashidas were joined by Sakumas, Nakatas, Nagatanis, Kitamotos, and so many of the names we recognize from the carvings in the Exclusion Memorial Wall. Bainbridge Island was honored with the presence of a large turnout of survivors and their families on March 30th, the Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of
Beloved Bainbridge Islander, most recently a resident of Redmond, WA, Matsue Watanabe passed away on January 22, 2022 at the age of 94. BIJAC is grateful for her contribution to the oral histories and will always remember her fondly. She will be missed. You are welcome to view the video
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the March 30th Commemoration or watch the live-stream, Kevin Dwyer, the “Island Wanderer,” provides a good synopsis of the event. Click here to read the blog post.
A rare number of media outlets — most notably the Bainbridge Island Review — took a principled stand against incarceration. Others, including The Seattle Times, did not. Eight decades later, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen called that decision a “low point” in the paper’s history. Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen
Part of Executive Order 9066 at EightyMarch 11 – Jun 12, 2022 Camp Harmony Chris Hopkins, 2014 Americans Incarcerated: A Family’s Story of Social Injustice is an evolving collaboration between Jan and Chris Hopkins (Everett, WA) to memorialize the eviction of Japanese Americans during World War II. Executive Order 9066,
BIJAC mourns the loss of Glen Nakata, native Bainbridge Islander, community contributor, and friend. Our hearts go out to the Nakata Family Glen K. Nakata of Bainbridge Island, age 69, went home to be with his Savior in heaven on Dec. 10th, 2021. Glen was born to Kenneth and Yoshiko
Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams features over fifty little-known photographs by Ansel Adams (1902–1984) that depict how Japanese Americans bore their treatment at the Manzanar incarceration camp in central California. Taken during World War II, the black and white images were originally published in Adams’ book Born Free and Equal (1944)