City of Bainbridge Island Proclamation

Proclamation - Nidoto Nai Yoni - Let It Not Happen Again_80th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

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Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

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)

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Help Stop the Lava Ridge Wind Project

Minidoka National Historic Site’s historic, natural, and cultural resources are currently being threatened. Magic Valley Energy has proposed the Lava Ridge Wind Project, a 400-unit wind turbine field on 73,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property adjacent to Minidoka, 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls, Idaho. If built,

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Help Pass the Amache National Historic Site Act

Senator Bennet of Colorado has been trying to seek passage of the Amache National Historic Site Act through unanimous consent in the Senate before February 19, our Day of Remembrance. Unfortunately, Senator Lee from Utah has been seeking an amendment requiring an exchange of land for the designation. This is

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Tom Ikeda Stepping Down from Densho

After 26 years at the helm of Densho as the organization’s founding executive director, Tom Ikeda is announcing his pending retirement. From Tom: I turn 66 years old this week and it’s time for me to shift my priorities and spend more time with my family. I am going to

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In Memoriam: Victor Takemoto

Victor Mitsori Takemoto October 27, 1926 – November 27, 2021Victor M. Takemoto went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 27, 2021. One month after his 95th birthday. Born on Bainbridge Island, WA on October 27, 1926, to Saichi and Yone Takemoto, the first of five boys

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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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