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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…

Hands holding up placards with the names of Japanese American incarceration camps

Join Us at These Day of Remembrance Events to Remember, Reflect & Resist

Since the late 1970s, Japanese Americans across the country have held an annual Day of Remembrance on the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, to honor the memory of those imprisoned…

Highlights from Densho’s 25th Anniversary Gala

This past Saturday, we celebrated Densho’s 25th anniversary at a very special event. Nearly 800 households tuned in for a live show featuring music, dance, art, and story. (Don’t worry,…

Graphic with a collage of photos and artwork from Gidra. Text reads "Truth is not always pretty. A radical history and zine making workshop. August 19, 11am-1pm."

“Truth Is Not Always Pretty”: A Radical History and Zine Making Workshop

High school students (ages 14-18) are invited to join Densho for a hands-on history and zine-making workshop on August 19th, 2021. Drawing upon the lessons handed down to us from…

Black and white photo of a group of young Japanese Americans climbing Castle Rock in the snow. Three are walking up the hill holding hands, and three more behind them are pulling a sled.

Winter Events Calendar

Looking for ways to stay cozy and connected as the weather gets colder? Here’s a list of upcoming digital events offered by Densho and other community partners this winter. We’ll…

Join us: Densho Dinner @ Home on October 24

Our history shows that in moments of turmoil, our connections to one another matter more than ever. While we can’t come together in person, we can still be in community with each other to collectively remember our past and affirm our commitment to action. Join Densho for an inspiring evening of community, remembrance and solidarity. Together we can transform this challenging time into a moment for powerful social change. Join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual event on Saturday, October 24th.

Densho Dinner @ Home: Sushi, Sake, and Cocktails

The Densho Dinner @ Home experience wouldn’t be complete without sushi and sake! Our friends in the Seattle area can now order sushi kits from area restaurants — Sushi Kashiba, Ten Sushi, and I Love Sushi — that you can enjoy at home while watching the Densho Dinner on October 24th. Try pairing your sushi with sake recommendations from the Sake School of America.

Understanding Tule Lake: A Brief History

Tule Lake began as one of ten concentration camps that held Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the West Coast in 1942. Early experiences there were, in many ways, much like…

Densho Events Calendar

We may not be able to come together in person anytime soon, but you can rest assured that we’re working hard to expand our digital offerings and create virtual gathering…

Densho Community Hour with Executive Director Tom Ikeda

At this moment, we are all trying to comprehend the gravity of recent tragic events and the constantly changing COVID-19 situation. Many of us are processing feelings of frustration, anger,…

Announcing a Virtual Teach-In on the History of Xenophobia (and what we can do to combat it)

Join us for a virtual teach-in that will deepen your understanding of American xenophobia and racism, using Japanese American WWII incarceration and the current crisis of immigrant detention as case…

Return to California: Japanese Americans in the Post-War Golden State

This month, Densho Content Director Brian Niiya and Japanese American National Museum Collections Manager Kristen Hayashi will present two public lectures in California focusing on the experiences of Japanese Americans…

Give BIG to Densho on May 9th

Do you love the stories we share at Densho? Use our digital archives and educational materials? Appreciate the insightful analysis, on-the-ground advocacy, and fire clapbacks we deliver online and IRL?…

Day of Remembrance 2018: Our History, Our Responsibility

Join us this February 19th for a Day of Remembrance event to honor Japanese Americans of World War II and stand in solidarity with American Muslims today. During World War II,120,000…

Densho’s First Annual Scholars Roundtable

This weekend, a group of scholars working on World War II Japanese American incarceration history convened in Seattle for a roundtable event hosted by Densho and co-convened by Eric Muller,…

2016 Day of Remembrance Events

When the first Day of Remembrance was held in Seattle in November 1978, the event was staged as part of the Redress Movement seeking an official apology and monetary compensation for…

Distillations: Exhibition of Art by Four Sansei Women

Now and then people send Densho announcements of exhibitions, films, and books pertaining to our mission of preserving Japanese American history and educating the public about the World War II…

Tragedy and Lessons: Listen Online

Twitter told us about an excellent lecture by law professor Eric Muller called “The Constitution in Wartime: The Tragedy and the Lessons of the Japanese American Internment of World War…

Floating Lanterns and Folded Cranes

Today, August 6, the world remembers the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. On the north shore of Green Lake in Seattle, volunteers hold the commemorative ceremony “From Hiroshima to Hope,” a…

Book Event: “Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens”

When Asian American studies scholars visit Seattle, we sometimes invite them to speak in public programs. This Saturday at the Densho building, we will host a author talk by Lane…

Exhibition of Note

An art show we wish we could see in Seattle is a retrospective of work by Densho’s friend Roger Shimomura, master of skewering racist stereotypes. The Return of the Yellow…

Metadata in Pittsburgh

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending four days in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh for the annual Oral History Association conference. This year’s theme, “A Convergence of Interests:…

Sushi & Sake Festival Auction Items

This past week the auction team has been procuring some great items for our November 5th Sushi & Sake Festival at the Seattle Westin. Courtesy of Oki Golf we have…

Democracy Rollercoaster

Over the weekend I presented the Densho Project at the Society of American Archivists Conference in San Francisco. This was the first time I attended this annual gathering and listened…