Sacramento housed the fourth largest Japan Town in the United State during the 1920s. Today the town is known as Old Florin Town. Explore in this video the untold history that many that still have a message today.
This past Sunday, I attended “A Day of Remembrance” hosted by the local Crocker Art Museum. This spectacular interactive exhibit highlighted the history of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 internment of Japanese Americans. Exactly 75 years ago this past Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed this Executive order that started incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese who were considered a threat to national defense from the west coast of the United States. They were forced to leave and abandoned their families, homes, businesses, and communities.
The Japanese were forced to leave to internment camps around the West in places like Utah and spread throughout California. The Crocker Center event included the sharing of stories by those who were imprisoned in the camps as children, remarks by community leaders, gallery tours, performances, and a film screening. This day of remembrance allowed attendees to capture the harsh conditions in the camps, living and work conditions.
The Croker Art Museum had a day of workshops and art exhibits planned that allowed every attendee to learn and gain appreciation for the culture of the history of this time. When I entered the building the first workshop I noticed was a group of people taking turns saying the names of all the people who were forced into these camps. As you continued to make your way around the museum there were stations for children to learn how to make traditional origami and have story time. The exhibit that took the majority of people’s breath away who attended was the “Two Views” photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. When looking at the exhibit people were captivated by the true realness you can see coming from the photos. The photos showed the struggle of World War ll, forced relocation, and the quality of the work that was captured in each photo.
“After I observed this exhibit I found myself overwhelmed with emotion,” said Ann Peterson, an exhibit attendee.
The high-point of attending the exhibit was the personal narratives from Sacramento incarcerees. Harry Noguchi, 82, of Sacramento, who was interned at Tule Lake at the age of seven, shared his story of his family being forced to move where he was forced to live in an internment camp. Another incarcerated Mas Hatano, 88, of Loomis, who was interned at Tule Lake stated that “It happened, but it shouldn’t have happened”.
While memories of this day open a flood of emotions it’s still important that it is recognized. This Day of Remembrance helped educate and share the true stories of the Japanese decedents of people right in our community. The Crocker Art Museum did a phenomenal job putting this day together bringing the people of Sacramento together to remember the history and to pay respect of the individuals who shared their stories.
To many Americans, a spiritual place is an important part of the community whether they are religious or not. It gives people a place to go to when having a hard time, or unite the community to celebrates their differents. The 70th Annual Japanse Bazaar is in the Buddist Church of Sacramento is one such place where people gather and support their community.
Recently the world has seen many tragedies costing lives. On March 11, 2011, the country of Japan faced many horrific tragedies; an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. These crises caused Japan to deal with so many issues, eventually putting Japan in economical and medical stress. Japan may have been affected the most, but the crises have also impacted the whole world.
Economically, business owners are in devastation due to the catastrophe that had happen in the past week. Schools, hospitals, homes and businesses have been wiped out by the tsunami. They will have to start from scratch and rebuild everything from nothing again. In doing so, business owners will lose millions building up their companies and enterprises. This does not go out to just business owners but the people of Japan because it will cost more money to clean up.
Medically, Japan has to provide healthcare to all those who survive the crisis than ever in the history of Japan. Doctors will need money to buy medication and equipment to serve the people which will further add to the economic debt. Another problem is there isn’t enough doctors and nurses to go around to help those in need. The radiation destruction from the earthquake has caused many kinds of health issues causing severe fatigue to headache, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and fever and possibly leading to death.
With all the crises that happen to Japan, the rest of the world is trying to do all they can to help Japan. In doing so, the world is donating money and sending doctors and nurses to help them. Major companies, like Apple Inc., Red Cross, and Raley’s are setting up funds and drives to help Japan. Even celebrities are pitching in to help. Lady Gaga has set up a wristband fundraiser to help the relief of Japan. The crises of Japan influenced the whole world to see that these Natural disasters are becoming more and more frequent and destructive and we should take precaution.