Camp pilgrimages

Annual pilgrimages to the sites of former camps have become important events in the Japanese American community. They are an opportunity for former camp inmates to visit places that dramatically affected their lives, as well as a way for younger generations to learn the history of the Japanese American incarceration. Often the pilgrimages last for a few days and include workshops, tours of the former campsites, and memorial services to honor those who died while incarcerated.

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Camp pilgrimages (298)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Camp pilgrimages, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, Warren Furutani

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Official program Poston memorial monument kiosk dedication (ddr-csujad-55-2713)
doc Official program Poston memorial monument kiosk dedication (ddr-csujad-55-2713)
The pamphlet provides a brief life history of the 25 Poston Servicemen who gave their lives in service to their country. Includes photographs of the Poston memorial monument and Kiosk. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2877
Tule Lake pilgrimage, July 2nd-5th, 1998, journey of remembrance and discovery (ddr-csujad-55-2719)
doc Tule Lake pilgrimage, July 2nd-5th, 1998, journey of remembrance and discovery (ddr-csujad-55-2719)
The pamphlet of 1998 Tule Lake reunion. It provides a history of Tule Lake. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2883
Tule Lake pilgrimage July 4-7 1996: fifty years later ... (ddr-csujad-55-2692)
doc Tule Lake pilgrimage July 4-7 1996: fifty years later ... (ddr-csujad-55-2692)
A program pamphlet of 1996 Tule Lake pilgrimage. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2856
Amache remembered 1942-1945 (ddr-csujad-55-2695)
doc Amache remembered 1942-1945 (ddr-csujad-55-2695)
Pamphlet listing Amache memorial dedication schedule and the program of Amache reunion banquet/dance at Regency Hotel in Denver, Colorado, and historical photographs of the Granda (Amache) incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2859
The First Rohwer Reunion (ddr-densho-379-402)
doc The First Rohwer Reunion (ddr-densho-379-402)
Program from the First Rohwer Reunion held on July 20 & 21, 1990 at Stouffer Concourse Hotel, Los Angeles, California.
Tule Lake Pilgrimage sign up form (ddr-densho-365-9)
doc Tule Lake Pilgrimage sign up form (ddr-densho-365-9)
This blank sign up form for the 1994 Tule Lake Pilgrimage lays out the price tiers for the trip, including handwritten notes on prices excluding the bus portion of the trip.
Kinenhi: Reflections on Tule Lake (ddr-densho-365-10)
doc Kinenhi: Reflections on Tule Lake (ddr-densho-365-10)
This advertisement with an attached order form features the book entitled Kinenhi: Reflections on Tule Lake. The book was inspired by pilgrimages to Tule Lake and features interviews with internees.
Tule Lake Pilgrimage (ddr-densho-365-8)
doc Tule Lake Pilgrimage (ddr-densho-365-8)
This pamphlet briefly describes the circumstances leading to the creation of the Tule Lake Relocation and Segregation Center, and follows up with a statement concerning the importance of the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in the healing process for Japanese Americans. The right-hand fold out includes an itinerary for the 1994 Tule Lake Pilgrimage.
Through the Windows at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-365-7)
doc Through the Windows at Tule Lake (ddr-densho-365-7)
Through the Windows at Tule Lake was an event consisting of performances and readings during the 1994 Tule Lake Pilgrimage. Performers included Barbara Muramoto, the Shizen Youth Dance Theatre, Bill Marutani, Aya Ogawa, and David Hirota. The event focused on experiences at Tule Lake across generations, including for young people interned in the camp. The program …
Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-167-12)
vh Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-167-12)
Reflections on life: attending camp pilgrimages, message for future generations
Marianne West Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-120-10)
vh Marianne West Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-120-10)
Attending the Tule Lake Pilgrimage with family: overcoming the "stigma" of being incarcerated

This interview took place at the 2000 Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

David Sakura Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-513-14)
vh David Sakura Interview II Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-513-14)
Attending the Minidoka pilgrimage: "it was really an act of healing"
Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-459-15)
vh Barbara Reiko Mikami Keimi Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-459-15)
Helping to organize camp pilgrimages and reunions, volunteer for the Japanese American National Museum
Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-137-39)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-137-39)
Filming Mitsuye and Nellie; emotional reaction to returning to Minidoka camp site

Mitsuye Yamada was interviewed together with her two surviving brothers, William Toshio Yasutake and Joseph Yasutake, in group sessions on October 8-9, 2002. She was interviewed individually on October 9-10, 2002.

Before being contacted by Densho, the Yasutake siblings had planned to conduct their …

Ron Wakabayashi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-460-6)
vh Ron Wakabayashi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-460-6)
Finding connections to previous generations through experiences like visiting the site of the Manzanar concentration camp
Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-96-8)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-96-8)
Reflecting on the pilgrimage experience

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage was attended by people from up and down the West …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-96-4)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-96-4)
The importance of camp pilgrimages

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage was attended by people from up and down the West …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-96-6)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-96-6)
Yayoi's thoughts on what it would have been like to be incarcerated as a young girl

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-96-5)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-96-5)
Ayame's memories of meeting George; and remembering him while on this pilgrimage

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage was attended by …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-96-2)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-96-2)
Kenzan's and Yayoi's reactions to seeing the site of Tule Lake concentration camp in person

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-96-3)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-96-3)
Mayumi's impressions of the camp site

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage was attended by people from up and down the …

Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-96-1)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa - Mayumi Tsutakawa - Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn - Yayoi Tsutakawa-Chinn Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-96-1)
Initial reactions to seeing the former site of Tule Lake concentration camp

The Tsutakawas were interviewed at the former site of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, in the context of a larger Tule Lake reunion, called the "Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Journey of Remembrance and Discovery," organized by the Tule Lake Committee. This Pilgrimage was attended by …

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