Mukai Farm & Garden is hosting a special open house to honor the Day of Exile to commemorate the day all the Japanese Americans on Vashon were forced under armed escort to leave the island on May 16, 1942.
The community is invited to attend the installation of the commemorative art “Nisei Trilogy” by award winning artists, Lawrence Matsuda and Roger Shimomura, both of whom were imprisoned at Minidoka, and poetry reading by Larry Matsuda.
The artists had collaborated to create the Nisei Trilogy, a joint project by Matsuda and
Shimomura that reveals the Nisei experience of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, life in
the internment camps, and the return home to hostile American communities. The
artist Shimomura took inspiration from Matsuda’s poetry to create three images
incorporating Matsuda’s poetry.
“They took us and we didn’t want to go and when the war was ending they released
us and we had no where to go,” Hanae Matsuda told her son Lawrence, who had been
born in the Minadoka internment camp in 1945.
The Friends of Mukai are honored to receive this gift from the artists, a set of limited
edition prints which are also shown at University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library,
The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, and Portland State University. The Trilogy will
remain on permanent display in the Mukai house.
Join the Friends of Mukai for the Day of Exile Commemoration and Art Installation on Sunday, May 19, 2-4pm. The house opens at 1pm and the program starts at 2pm.
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*Photo descriptions (below left to right):
1 – Dorothea Lange. “Hayward, Calif.–Grandfather and grandchildren awaiting evacuation bus. The grandfather conducted a dyeing and cleaning business. The family unit is preserved.” University of California, Bancroft Library, War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement Collection. 1942.
2 – Frank Fujii. “ichi-ni-san Day of Remembrance Logo.” Courtesy Fujii Family. 1978
3 – Otsuka Family, Tsuto, Sueko, Niki, and Haruko, at Heart Mountain, Wyoming Concentration Camp. Courtesy Otsuka Family, 1944.
4 – Suitscases at Joy and Heartache Exhibit, Vashon Heritage Museum