“Find Your Park” During Manzanar Pilgrimage Weekend Events, April 24 – 26, 2015

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — The 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage coincides with National Park Week 2015 and the launch of the Find Your Park public awareness and education campaign surrounding the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 46th Annual Pilgrimage. Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place—it can be a feeling or an experience. Pilgrimage weekend offers opportunities to Find Your Park through art, music, dance, and films.

“The Find Your Park campaign encourages everyone to find their parks and share their stories. We’d love to have people share their stories of Manzanar and other Eastern Sierra parks on the findyourpark.com web site,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko, shown here during the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 26, 2014, will open the
46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

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.

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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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