Izumi Hirano: Surviving the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Izumi Hirano was born in Hilo, Hawaii, but moved to Japan with his family as a child. He was in his classroom near the epicenter when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Izumi Hirano's full interview is available in the Densho Digital Archive.
>> View the interview excerpt
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New Articles in the Densho Encyclopedia
Densho recently published new articles to our public encyclopedia about the Japanese American experience during World War II, including:
Hawaii: End of the Rainbow (book) contributed by Kelli Y. Nakamura, University of Hawai'i
Harry Ueno contributed by Arthur A. Hansen, California State University, Fullerton
Resettlement in Chicago contributed by Ellen D. Wu, Indiana University
Funding for the encyclopedia is provided in part by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service. The encyclopedia will expand to over 1,000 articles when completed in 2014.
Early-Bird Tickets to Sushi & Sake Festival are Available
After a one year break, Sushi & Sake Festival returns on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. We are returning to the roots of the festival with great sushi, premium sake & beer, live music, and a fun environment to see old friends and meet new ones. Making it even more interesting, we will be holding the event at the new MOHAI at South Lake Union, and will be offering a private viewing of MOHAI's exhibits for Fest attendees. The event is designed for mingling and fun, so there will be no sit-down dinner or long speeches.
We are offering the first 300 tickets sold at an early-bird discount price of $100. After the first 300 are sold, the price will go up to $150 each. Attendance will be limited to 500 people to prevent long lines.
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Teacher Workshops this Fall
This fall, Densho will conduct seven teacher training workshops in five different states.
Honolulu, HI - September 14th in partnership with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
Pullman, WA - September 25th in partnership with Washington State University
Olympia, WA - October 5th in partnership with Evergreen State University
Klamath Falls, OR - October 19th in partnership with Tule Lake Unit, NPS
Portland, OR - November 2nd in partnership with Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Manzanar, CA - November 23rd in partnership with Manzanar National Historic Site, NPS
Montgomery County, MD - Dec 7th in partnership with National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
These workshops will examine how to use primary source materials to develop analysis and reasoning skills using thinking routines and content about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Funding for the workshop is provided, in part, by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service, the Teaching with Primary Sources Program of the Library of Congress, and the National Park Foundation.
>> For more information or to register for a workshop
Community News and Events
Seattle Viewing of Roger Shimomura's An American Knockoff
Greg Kucera Gallery will be exhibiting Roger Shimomura's An American Knockoff featuring paintings that explore racism from a Japanese American's perspective. The exhibition will be open from August 22nd through September 28th at 212 3rd Ave S, Seattle.
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