March 23, 2015 3 Comments
LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US 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).
The theme for this year’s Pilgrimage is “Watashi-wa Manzanar: Continuing Our Civil Rights Legacy.”
Watashi wa (pronounced wah-tah-she wah) is Japanese for “I am.”
Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.