UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform at the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available from Downtown Los Angeles and Gardena

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, Saturday, April 27, 2019, starting at 11:30 AM PDT, 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, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps to be established.

The theme of this year’s Pilgrimage is 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage: An Enduring Legacy For Civil Rights. Featured speakers will be attorney Dale Minami of Minami and Lew, L.L.P. and Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.

Led by 2018-19 Co-Directors Lindsay Masukawa and Kyle Nakahira, UCLA Kyodo Taiko will make their 13th consecutive appearance at the Manzanar Pilgrimage this year. They are the first collegiate taiko (Japanese drum) group in North America, making their debut at the Opening Ceremony of the University of California, Los Angeles’ commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese American Internment, which was held in February 1992 at UCLA’s famed Royce Hall.

Comprised entirely of UCLA students, UCLA Kyodo Taiko has performed at local K-12 schools, Nisei Week, the Tofu Festival and the Lotus Festival in Los Angeles, the Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational, during halftime at UCLA men’s basketball games, the First Annual USA Sumo Open, and the 2018 Community Art Days in Bishop, California, sponsored by the Inyo Council for the Arts, in addition to many other campus, community and private events.

In addition to the afternoon event, the Manzanar At Dusk program follows that same evening, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 South Main Street (U.S. Highway 395), in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s (see map below).

Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

Through a creative presentation, small group discussions and an open mic session, Manzanar At Dusk participants will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of those incarcerated in the camps. Participants will also be able to interact with former incarcerees in attendance to hear their personal stories, to share their own experiences, and discuss the relevance of the concentration camp experience to present-day events and issues.

Pilgrimage participants are advised to bring their own lunch, drinks, and snacks, as there are no facilities to purchase food at the Manzanar National Historic Site (restaurants and fast food outlets are located in Lone Pine and Independence, which are nearby).

Water will also be provided at the site, but participants are asked to bring a refillable water bottle that may be filled at stations located on-site.

Those who wish to participate in the traditional flower offering during the interfaith service are advised to bring their own flowers.

Pilgrimage participants should also be aware that weather in the Owens Valley can be unpredictable and can change rapidly. The Manzanar Committee advises participants that they should always wear a hat, use sunscreen and lip balm (ultraviolet light is not affected by clouds and is more intense at higher elevations) and to be prepared for any kind of weather, including high winds, heat, cold, and rain.

Further details about the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program will be announced at a later date.

The Manzanar Committee has also announced that bus transportation to the Pilgrimage is available from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and Gardena.

The buses will depart from their respective locations at 7:00 AM, arriving at the Manzanar National Historic Site at approximately 11:30 AM and they will also take participants to the Visitor Center at Manzanar following the afternoon program. The buses should arrive back at their departure points at approximately 8:30 PM.

The bus from Gardena will depart from the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (1964 W. 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247; see map below).

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The non-refundable fare is $45.00 per seat, $30.00 for youth (17 years of age and younger). Complimentary fares are available for those who were incarcerated at any of the former American concentration camps or other confinement sites during World War II.

Information and registration forms for the Gardena bus can be found on their web site at:

https://www.jci-gardena.org/uploads/6/2/7/0/62706777/manzanar_pilgrimage_bus_registration_2019.pdf (PDF; Adobe Reader software or equivalent required).

Anyone wishing to attend the Manzanar At Dusk program that evening should make other transportation arrangements.

Both the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk programs are free and are open to the public. For more information, or to reserve a seat on the bus departing from Little Tokyo, call (323) 662-5102 or send e-mail to 50thpilgrimage@manzanarcommittee.org.

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The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, check out our web site at https://manzanarcommittee.org, call us at (323) 662-5102, and e-mail us at info@manzanarcommittee.org. You can also follow the Manzanar Commitee on Facebook, on Twitter at @manzanarcomm, on Instagram at @manzanarcommittee, on Pinterest and on YouTube.

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LEAD PHOTO: UCLA Kyodo Taiko performs at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2018. Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee.


Manzanar National Historic Site via Google Maps

Lone Pine High School

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Gardena, California


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