49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2018 Manzanar At Dusk: VIDEO

UCLA Kyodo Taiko opened the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 28,
2018 at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee
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If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage or Manzanar At Dusk events, or just want to experience them all over again, here are videos from both events!

Included below is the full video of the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, along with clips of our speakers and of the performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko.

Also included is video of the opening panel discussion and the open mic session of the 2018 Manzanar At Dusk program, held that same evening.

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Wilbur Sato To Receive Manzanar Committee’s 2018 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

NCRR’s Kathy Masaoka (left) and Wilbur Sato (right) recite a poem during the 47th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.
Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available, but seats are going fast

LOS ANGELES — On March 26, the Manzanar Committee announced that former Manzanar incarceree and long-time community activist Wilbur Sato has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage 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 (see map below).

Sato, 88, was raised on Terminal Island, a former fishing village that is now part of the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. While he was in seventh grade, Sato and his family were forcibly removed from their home and shortly thereafter, incarcerated at Manzanar.

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The Unknown Knowns: First-Day Impressions of the Manzanar Concentration Camp

Now 84 years old, long-time community and political activist Wilbur Sato was twelve years old when he was unjustly incarcerated at Manzanar in April 1942.
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Photo: Geri Ferguson/Manzanar Committee

by Wilbur Sato

My first impressions of the Manzanar concentration camp came on April 2, 1942, when we were asked by the United States Government—our own government—to report to the Los Angeles train station so we could be “evacuated” or “relocated.”

At the station, we were met by officials and soldiers with sidearms and rifles with bayonets. We were given name tags with identification numbers to be attached to our clothing, and we were then escorted by the soldiers to the train cars, their windows covered with shields.

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2009 Manzanar School Reunion Highlights Children’s Village

The following was written by James To, who attended the Manzanar School Reunion this week, representing the Manzanar Committee.


Former residents of Children’s Village talk about their experiences during a panel discussion.

Former residents of Children’s Village talk about their experiences during a panel discussion.

LAS VEGAS — At the Manzanar School Reunion, held August 11-12, 2009 at the California Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to talk with former Manzanar prisoners and listen to their stories.

This year, the reunion’s theme centered around the experience of those who lived in Manzanar’s Children’s Village, the only orphanage in the ten American concentration camps where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II. Children’s Village housed 101 children. Read more of this post