How Pearl Harbor brought sorrow to Sonoma County’s Japanese community

He said, ‘I have to let you go because we’re not the same side anymore.’ He didn’t stop to think that I was an American citizen, born and raised in Los Angeles. Although the first group of Japanese Americans was rounded up and forcibly removed from their home on Bainbridge

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Happy Birthday, Akio!

An eagle-eyed BIJAC member, Karen Matsumoto, recently snapped a photo of a farm-style tribute to Akio Suyematsu, local legend and last Japanese American farmer on Bainbridge Island. Outlined in pumpkins on a large plot recently devoted to a pumpkin patch, are the words “Happy 100 Akio.” Akio Suyematsu would have

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Opinion: America has no problem confronting unpleasant facts about its past

Opinion by  George F. Will CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN THE WASHINGTON POST BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — On the side of a lightly used road, from which drivers can look across Puget Sound to Seattle’s skyline, a small sign identifies the turnoff to the “Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.”

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BIJAC Picnic 2021

The Biennial BIJAC Picnic was held on Sunday, August 7th, at its traditional home, the Battle Point Park picnic shelter. Under cool and mostly cloudy skies, turnout was strong, with families gathering from both sides of the Sound. Hayashidas, Matsudairas, Sakumas, and more families with deep ties to the Island

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76 Years Ago in Hiroshima & NagasakI

On this August 6th & 9th please reflect & remember what happened 76 years ago in Hiroshima & Nagasaki. And as you continue to work & pray that atomic & nuclear weapons will never be used again, feel free to listen & share my bilingual ballad for Hiroshima, “As If

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REMEMBRANCE: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State

A new long-term gallery, Remembrance: The Legacy of Executive Order 9066 in Washington State, opened on June 17th, 2021 at the Washington State Historical Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. According to the Museum, visitors will explore “the intergenerational impacts and legacy of the incarceration of people of Japanese

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In Memory: Mary Fujioka

Mary Fujioka August 1, 1926 to June 9, 2021 Mary Fujioka, age 94, passed away June 9 on Bainbridge Island, WA, of natural causes. Mary was born and raised on Vashon Island, WA. She was the second eldest daughter (seventh child) of Sadaji Fujioka (emigrated in 1900 from Kumamoto, Japan)

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Reader Fires Off on Inaccurate Listing

From the 2006 Congressional testimony of Fumiko Hayashida, to the “Leaving Our Island” curriculum at Bainbridge Island School District, to guided tours at the Exclusion Memorial, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community has made it its mission to help educate others about Executive Order 9066 and the resulting incarceration of

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In Memory: Tony Koura

TONY KOURA, 94, of Honolulu, HI, a WWII Army veteran and retired command historian for the U.S. Pacific Command Headquarters, passed away on May 4, 2021 in Honolulu. He was born in Bainbridge Island, Washington and was 15 years old when he and his family were incarcerated in Manzanar. He

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The Issei and Nisei Farmers: Their Legacy

Walk The Farm, a project of Tanaka Farms and the OCO Club of Southern Californa, is dedicated to spreading awareness and helping send a message of kibou (hope) to farmers around the world devastated by natural disasters. The organization has also embarked on a mission to create the largest repository

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