The Japanese American Confinement Site Consortium (JACSC), a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving and sharing the Japanese American incarceration experience, will be meeting in Washington, DC. The Foundation is one of five council members of the group and will host events in concert with the meetings.
The 21st Annual Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk, an official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The event will be held at the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II (Intersections of D St., New Jersey and Louisiana Aves., NW), rain or shine.
Check-in begins at 9:00AM. The Nen Daiko drummers of VA will perform at 9:30AM and the program will begin at 10:00AM.
The Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk is a historical and cultural event to raise awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II and to highlight the vigilant role that American citizens must continue to play in preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans. Built as a lasting tribute to the more than 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served with great distinction in the U.S. Military, the Memorial also pays homage to the more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry unjustly relocated during World War II. It is also a testament to our nation’s greatness that it does not fear acknowledging its mistakes.
There is no charge to participate but donations are welcome. Click here to print out a donation form or donate here. Sponsors include the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, the Japanese American Veterans Association, the Washington DC Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and the Ekoji Buddhist Temple. The NJAMF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
In partnership with the Japanese American Veterans Association, the Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors Organization, and the DC Chapter of JACL, we will honor Japanese American veterans of WWII at the Memorial. Open to the public.
Also, check your local PBS station to find out when they are showing Lucy Ostrander’s film Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii. On WETA in Washington, DC, it will be shown at 6 pm.
The film highlights the 100th Battalion and MIS veteran Kazuo Yamane. Following McKinley High School in Honolulu, Yamane graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo and returned to Hawaii in 1940. He was conscripted and was one of the 1,432 Nisei who were shipped to Camp McCoy, WI, to form the 100th Infantry Battalion. He was then transferred to the MIS and following Japanese language training was assigned to the Pentagon and other stateside posts.
During his assignment at Camp Ritchie, MD, with a Japanese translation unit called PACMIRS, bags of documents were received from the Battle of Saipan all marked “no military significance”. Yamane spotted a document entitled “File of Proceedings of 1944 Liaison Conference of Chiefs of Ordnance Departments” which recorded detailed munitions inventory and storage locations in Japan. The information was used by the Air Force to pinpoint bombing targets. Towards war’s end, Yamane and a small team of linguists were sent to SHAEF headquarters in France to join a British force to raid the Embassy of Japan. This operation did not materialize.
Ostrander previously produced a film on Roy Matsumoto, a Merrill’s Marauder who saved his battalion from being overrun in Burma.