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Illustration showing a large Japanese American family on the shores of Terminal Island.

A Peek at Densho’s First Graphic Novel by Molly Murakami

We’re excited to share a new graphic novel by 2021 Densho artist-in-residence Molly Murakami! Tide Goes Out takes an intimate look at the lesser-known history of Terminal Island, a Japanese…

Painting of two men playing go in Minidoka.

Meet Densho’s 2022 Artists-in-Residence

We’re delighted to introduce Densho’s 2022 Artist-in-Residence cohort! This year’s call for artists garnered more submissions than ever before and it was incredible to see all the creative ways y’all…

Danielle Higa with two Densho colleagues and community members at the 2019 Heart Mountain pilgrimage.

A New Chapter for Densho Fund Development Manager Danielle Higa

We’re sharing the bittersweet news that Densho Fund Development Manager Danielle Higa is taking on a new role as a Senior Associate at the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. While we’re…

Japanese American artist leaning over a canvas painting

Densho 2022 Artist Residency Program: Call for Proposals

Densho’s 2022 artist program theme, Answering the Archive, pulls focus on the individual and collective responses that archival materials elicit, and on the actions they call upon us to take….

Japanese Americans working in an administrative office at Minidoka concentration camp.

We’re Looking for Our Next Executive Director—and We Need Your Help!

We are excited to announce that Densho has officially launched the search for our new Executive Director. You can view the full position profile here.

A man walking in front of barracks in Manzanar, with mountains in the distance.

Tom Ikeda: My Retirement from Densho

After 26 years at the helm of Densho as the organization’s founding executive director, Tom Ikeda is announcing his pending retirement. Read a message from Tom below—and join us for…

Lauren Iida holding up a memory net paper cut out

Introducing the Memory Net Remembrance Project

In recognition of the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, Densho is launching a new community art initiative: the Memory Net Remembrance Project. In collaboration with Densho resident artist Lauren…

Sites of Shame traces the paths of Japanese Americans forced into camps during WWII

Joe Yasutake was only nine years old when his father was apprehended by the FBI and interned as an enemy alien. In a matter of hours following the attack on…

Join Densho for a Week of Action and Remembrance

This year we mark the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 with a full week of action and remembrance. Join us each day between February 14th and 21st as we dig…

Announcing a New Digital Genealogy Series

Densho is pleased to announce a new digital genealogy series with Linda Harms Okazaki, noted expert in Japanese American genealogy. All sessions will be held on Zoom and advance registration…

Day of Remembrance, Day of Action

We’re gearing up for our Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at Northwest Detention Center on February 23rd, and we hope to see you there! This event commemorates the 78th…

Densho Community Listening Tour

2042 will mark the 100th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and Densho is already making some ambitious plans for what we want to accomplish by that date. We recognize that…

Introducing Densho’s 2019 Artists Initiative Recipients

We’re pleased to introduce the two artists who will receive 2019 Densho Artists Initiative funding! Out of a wide selection of gifted artists and their powerful proposals, Brynn Saito and…

Teacher Workshop: Examining Race and Discrimination

Looking to register for our May 18 Seattle Workshop? Follow this link: bit.ly/Densho-TW-RD201905 This spring, Densho is hitting the road with a new workshop for secondary teachers. Educators in Seattle,…

The Lessons of WWII Japanese American Incarceration are Needed Now More than Ever

Throughout this year of 20th anniversary celebrations, we have been invigorated by the accolades and warmth we felt from our community. But we know we have a lot of work to…

Do You Have a Relative Who Was Interviewed by Densho?

Twenty years ago, we set out with the goal of recording and preserving stories of World War II incarceration so that future generations could learn from them. That mission is…

Teaching with Primary Sources: Summer 2016 Demonstration Project

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching a new and improved version of our online course later this summer! Watch this space for an announcement in the coming…

Sign up for the May 2016 Densho Digital Teach-In

Far too many Americans are completing primary, secondary, and even college education without learning about a critical moment in our shared history: the World War II mass incarceration of 120,000…

Washington State Grant Opportunity

Last week, the state of Washington announced the opening of a competitive grant cycle under the restored and renamed Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program. This is…

Scheduled Maintenance on Densho Sites

**Update, 12/15/15, 4:10 PST: The Densho Repository and Encyclopedia are up and running. The site is now fully operational.  **Update, 12/15/15, 12:51 PST: The Densho Archive is now up and…

Densho Encyclopedia Reaches a Milestone

The Densho Encyclopedia published its 1,000th article this month—a milestone made possible, in part, by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites…

New Partner Collection: Frank C. Hirahara Photographs from the Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Photo Caption: O.N.E. volunteer Betty Jean Harry working with Portland area Nisei at the Oregon Buddhist Temple as they help identify photos from the Frank C. Hirahara Collection. Photo Courtesy…

Introducing the New Densho Website!

We are delighted to unveil Densho’s latest digital asset: a wonderful new website that we are certain you’ll find to be simpler and easier to navigate than our last site….

Summer Appeal 2015

Become part of a grassroots, community effort to keep the stories of Japanese Americans and their experiences during World War II alive, today and in the future…