In Memory: Junji Yukawa

Sadly, BIJAC received news that Junji Yukawa passed away on November 2, 2020 at the age of 93. Junji was one of our honored survivors. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and was 13 years old on March 30, 1942, the day the Bainbridge Island Japanese were evacuated. While at

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Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) Introduces the Japanese American Confinement Education Act

Wednesday, October 20, 2020 “The forced internment of our fellow citizens through Executive Order 9066 is one of the darkest chapters in American history. The fact that it occurred during my lifetime highlights just how fresh of a wound this is for Japanese Americans across our country. In 1988, I

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‘Mother spirit’ of Exclusion Memorial dies at 100

‘Mother spirit’ of Exclusion Memorial dies at 100 ‘Mother spirit’ of Exclusion Memorial dies at 100 Thursday, September 3, 2020 2:38pm At age 22, Kazuko (Kay) Sakai Nakao was one of the Japanese Americans on Bainbridge Island who was sent to an internment camp during World War II. In her

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Kay Sakai Nakao, Bainbridge survivor of WWII internment camp, dies at 100

KING5 News reports Kay Sakai Nakao, who was active in Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American community and was interned during World War II, has died. https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/kay-sakai-nakao-obituary/281-8a45ea27-43ec-42c7-82ea-9a7a49e81032

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I WASN’T THERE

Inspired by the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Knight Alyxandr crafted a poem. The poem became a video. The video became a powerful message. Thank you, Knight, for sharing your work.

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In Memory: Iku “Dorothy” Amatatsu Watanabe

Sadly, BIJAC received news that Iku Amatatsu Watanabe passed away on June 28, 2020 from natural causes. She was 96 years old and the youngest and last of the Amatatsu sisters of Bainbridge Island, who all lived long, full lives. Iku was 18 years old on March 30, 1942, the day

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In Memory: Kazuo “Kayo” Terayama

KAZUO “KAYO” TERAYAMA Mar 28, 1926 – Jul 13, 2020 Kayo Kayo and Toshi Kayo Kayo and Karen Obituary Kayo passed away on July 13, 2020 at the age of 94.  He was born March 28, 1926 in Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island, WA.  He was one of six children

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BI Features Prominently in Virtual Pilgrimage

Many members of the BIJAC family have had the opportunity to experience the annual Minidoka Pilgrimage, a road trip to Twin Falls, ID followed by a dusty ride crossing the Snake River and into farm country, where a watchtower stands guard at the entrance to the Minidoka National Historic Site

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Tell A Story Without Saying Anything

College application assignment: “Submit a 3 minute silent video telling a story without saying anything.” Easy peasy, right? This was one of the daunting tasks facing Kai Uyekawa as he forged his way through college application season this past fall. Ever resourceful, Kai, a graduating senior at Bainbridge High School,

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Op Ed: Fight Back in the War Against Expertise

Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, rumors spread that some of the Japanese American residents of Hawaii had blocked the path of emergency vehicles that were heading to the naval base to put out fires and save lives. Such incidents, it was said, showed that the nation’s Japanese

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