Slide background

A grassroots organization dedicated to preserving, educating, and sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity.

Slide background

A comprehensive reference tool with nearly 1,000 free and accessible entries related to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Slide background

Oral history interviews, photos, newspapers, and other primary sources that document the Japanese American experience from immigration through redress with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.

Slide background

Online education center featuring multidisciplinary curriculum, instructional guides, and primary source material that allow teachers and students to connect with the lived experiences of Japanese Americans.


Learn the basics about World War II Japanese American incarceration through a series of short videos and essays.

Oral History Spotlight

Kay Abe dedicated the last 30 years of her life to serving Seattle’s homeless population.


Stay connected with Densho through regular posts, guest contributions, and photo essays that put our work and the story of WWII incarceration in conversation with current events.

Stay up to date on Densho News. Sign up for our Newsletter >Subscribe

  • We refuse to stand idly by as other communities face the same racism and hysteria that put our families behind barb…
  • Our resident artist @geniusbeee drew up these brilliant homages to some bad ass Japanese Americans who have been in…
  • "We must be wary of officials using language to evade responsibility. We must not, as we have done in the past, per…
  • In this thought-provoking essay, poet and writer @brandonshimoda muses on the ruins of incarceration and apology as…
  • As a child, Paul Tomita was incarcerated at Minidoka concentration camp. This exit card permitted him to leave at a…