2018 Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk, April 28, 2018 – FAQ

Banners representing all of the American concentration camps in which more than 110,000 Japanese and Japanese
Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II are shown here during the interfaith service
at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage in 2013.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

Q: Where is the Manzanar Pilgrimage held?

A: The Manzanar Pilgrimage is held at the Manzanar National Historic Site, at the cemetery (northwest corner of the site), approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, on U.S. Highway 395 (see map below).

Q: What time does the program begin? How long does it run?

A: The program begins at 11:30 AM with a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko.The main program begin at noon with speakers (to be announced), an interfaith service, and ondo dancing. The Pilgrimage runs about 2 1/2 hours and usually ends around 2:00 – 2:30 PM.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko performed at the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage,
April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available, but seats are going fast

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California‘s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the program at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program will begin at 12:00 PM.

The theme for this year’ Pilgrimage is, Silent No More! Liberty and Justice For All.

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Students Rise To The Challenge of Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive – Photos

A group photo at the Manzanar cemetery monument. Front (from left): Brian Kohaya, Rose Masters.
Back (from left): Jason Fujii, Alisa Lynch, Erica Wei, Bruce Embrey, Moet Kurakata,
Gann Matsuda, Lauren Matsumoto, Maru Streets, Mark Hatchmann.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — More information about the Manzanar Committee’s project, Keeping Japanese American Incarceration Stories Alive, most notably, our first trip taking college students to the Manzanar National Historic Site for a weekend of intensive, place-based learning about the Japanese American Incarceration, March 10-11, 2018, is forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

Initially, we’ll share a bunch of photos with you, along with what we posted on Facebook:

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Manzanar Committee Decries Efforts To Derail Creation of Memorial at the Actual Former Site of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station


Overhead view of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: M.H. Scott, Officer In Charge, Tuna Canyon Detention Station.
Courtesy David Scott and the Little Landers Historical Society

LOS ANGELES — On February 28, the Manzanar Committee reiterated its support for efforts by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition (TCDSC) to build a memorial on the former site of Tuna Canyon Detention Facility in the Verdugo Hills area of Los Angeles and called on the community to not be fooled by deceptive, deceitful efforts made on behalf of the developer who intends to build condominiums on the site.

On June 25, 2013, the City of Los Angeles declared an approximately one-acre size oak grove on the location of the former World War II Tuna Canyon Detention Facility as a Historic-Cultural Monument.

The land that the oak grove is on is slated for a 229-unit residential development by Snowball West Investments, who quickly sued the City of Los Angeles seeking a reversal of the Historic-Cultural Monument declaration, which would allow them to raze the oak grove and build on that land.

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