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The Nisei Women Who Fought—and Won—an Early Redress Battle in Seattle

On February 27, 1942, the Seattle School Board accepted the forced resignations of 27 Nisei women working as clerks for the school district. Four decades later, those women fought for,…

So Who is Miller Freeman Anyway?

The name Miller Freeman has been in the news this past week after a Day of Remembrance installation at Bellevue College by artist Erin Shigaki was defaced by a school…

36 Hours in Japanese American Seattle

This year’s Densho Dinner is on November 2, 2019 and we’re encouraging friends and supporters from all over the country to make a trip out of it! With Satsuki Ina…

Photo Essay: Early Nikkei Excursions to Mt. Rainier

On a clear day, the 14,411-foot peak of Mt. Rainier looms large on Seattle’s southern horizon. The glacial mountain has played a major role in the lives of people living…

Photo Essay: A Tribute to Japanese American Migrant Workers

May Day is known the world over as a day of worker protest and rebellion. After the bloody Haymarket Riots of 1886, the May 1 holiday became so notorious for its…

Letter from “Camp Harmony”: Kikuye Masuda Struggles to Adjust to Life at Puyallup

Hundreds of handwritten letters in the Densho archives provide an intimate view of the turmoil experienced by individuals during World War II incarceration. These letters add a human dimension to the incarceration…

Historic Bainbridge Review Newspaper: Now Available Online

Thanks to the efforts of the Kitsap Regional Library, digitized versions of World War II era issues of the Bainbridge Review, a local newspaper covering Bainbridge Island, Washington went online…

Happy Spring from Densho

The cold and wet weather is still lingering in the Seattle area, but Densho got to celebrate the beginning of the spring by hosting an “ike-bana” (flower arrangement) class last…

End of Year Storm

Those Densho staff members who haven’t flown home for the holidays find themselves snowbound by the Seattle winter storm of 2008–a heavier snowfall than we’ve had in decades. My backyard…