Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Sponsors Bus To 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage From South Bay

The following is a press release from the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

GARDENA, CA — The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) will be offering a charter bus for individuals and families to attend the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held at the Manzanar National Historic Site in the Owens Valley on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

The Manzanar Pilgrimage, a public program now in its 44th year, commemorates the internment of over 120,000 Japanese Americans and persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The featured speaker for this year’s program will be Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, and co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. Long-time public servant, community leader, and grass-roots activist Warren Furutani, one of the co-founders of the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969, and of the Manzanar Committee, will be awarded the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The South Bay bus will leave from the GVJCI, located at 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, 90247 (see map below), at 6:30 AM, and return by 8:00 PM. The cost for the trip will be $40 per adult and $30 for youth under the age of 18.

Because of the length of the trip, individuals should plan to pack a brown bag lunch and snacks. A cold bento lunch can be reserved for $5.

Space is limited. The reservation deadline is Friday, April 19. For a reservation form and for more information, please visit, or contact the GVJCI by phone at (310) 324-6611, or by e-mail at


Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Gardena, California, via Google Maps


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