UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, shown here during the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 27, 2013, will open the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 26, 2014, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Limited seating still available on bus to 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage from Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 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).

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.

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, the first collegiate taiko group in North America, was founded in 1990, and made its debut at the Opening Ceremony of the University of California, Los Angeles’ commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Japanese American Internment, which was held in 1992.

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44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2013 Manzanar At Dusk – On Video

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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

In case you missed it, or if you want to re-live the experience all over again, video from the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program is now available on our YouTube page.

The video of the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held at the Manzanar National Historic Site on April 27, 2013, includes the entire program, from UCLA Kyodo Taiko starting us off, to the interfaith service and Ondo dancing at the conclusion of the event.

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44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage: In Photographs

Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

A few days have passed since the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program, held last Saturday, April 27, 2013. Members of the Manzanar Committee returned to Southern California on Sunday after a lot of hard work, especially in the days just prior to the events, and of course, on Saturday.

By all accounts, this year’s Pilgrimage was a huge success. The numbers aren’t in yet, but initial estimates put the crowd anywhere from 1,400 to 1,700 people.

We’ll have more on the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program in the coming days and weeks. But for now, here is our first photo essay on the Pilgrimage (photos from the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk program will be published separately).

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2013 Manzanar At Dusk, April 27, 2013 – Credential Information/Media Guidelines (REVISED)

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of the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and
the 2013 Manzanar At Dusk programs,
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The 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, 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).

The popular Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

For further details on these events, please follow our press releases on our blog, http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

Credentials will be required for all media, commercial photographers, and film crews for the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk programs. We encourage those covering the events to pre-register via e-mail, so that we can have a credential and media packet ready for you upon arrival.

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