Discover the History ofWWII Incarceration

120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. Learn about this unprecedented denial of civil liberties and why it still matters today.

Explore Personal Stories

Learn about Japanese American history and the legacy of WWII incarceration by exploring personal stories from those who lived through it.

Promote Equity Today

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Join us in putting the lessons of Japanese American WWII incarceration into action today.

Tide Goes Out: A Graphic Novel by Densho 2021 Artist-in-Residence Molly Murakami

Part-biography, part-fiction, Tide Goes Out recounts one family’s journey from their early years on the shores of Terminal Island, through their removal and detention in Manzanar, and their eventual return to the place they once called home.

Women walking on Terminal Island. Image by Molly Murakami

Densho Catalyst: History, Essays, & Opinion

Dive into hidden histories and learn why these stories matter today with the latest essays and opinions from Densho and other community voices.

A view of Heart Mountain from the former camp site.

Photo Essay: 2022 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

Several Densho staff members were honored to be among the attendees of the 2022 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage this past weekend. This was Heart Mountain’s first major on-site pilgrimage since the...

The Japanese American History Books Your Little One Needs in Their Library

Given the many books on the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II aimed at teenage audiences, it is a bit surprising that there are relatively...
The Miwa family sitting on a couch and smiling, circa 1970s.

Archives Spotlight: The Miwa Family’s Transnational WWII Journey

The James Seigo Miwa Family Collection is a new and fascinating addition to the Densho Digital Repository. It includes family photos and documents relating to Miwa’s detainment as an “enemy...

Campu: A Podcast

Campu weaves together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along as hosts Hana and Noah Maruyama move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history.

Encyclopedia

Thousands of articles about the history of the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience. Here are a few to get you started:

People in Motion (book)

Report on the resettlement period produced by the War Agency Liquidation Unit, a federal agency formed to finish off the work of the War Relocation Authority after it shut down in June 1946.

Sports and recreation in camp

During Japanese American incarceration, sports served as an escape from the monotony of prison life.

Hatsuye Egami

Hatsuye Egami was an Issei intellectual who wrote for Japanese American publicationsbefore the war. Her published diary and columns provide a rare Issei woman's perspective on the incarceration.