Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Fifth Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(program starts promptly at 11 a.m. at Angel Island Immigration Station on Angel Island)

RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Very limited space in San Jose and Sacramento buses. For more info, e-mail: programs@nichibeifoundation.org

The Nichi Bei Foundation presents the fifth Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage, to the former Angel Island Immigration Station where up to 85,000 persons of Japanese descent entered through from 1910 to 1940. Over the first four pilgrimages, more than 1,700 people from across the country and around the world converged upon the historic site.

This year, buses will leave from Sacramento and San Jose’s Japantown, and attendees can depart from two ports: Tiburon, Calif. and the newly-arranged Golden Gate Ferry at the San Francisco Ferry Building. Both bus packages will include Japanese bento lunches and water, ferry and Immigration Station Museum admission and the program.

Bentos will be optional to all other attendees by pre-order. Shuttles from Ayala Cove to the Immigration Station are optional but recommended for seniors and small children.

The Sacramento bus will depart at 7 a.m. from the Tenrikyo High Sacramento Church, 2216 6th St. (at W Street) next to Southside Park.

The San Jose Japantown bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Issei Memorial Building (San Jose JACL), 565 North Fifth St., in San Jose.

 

SEE PACKAGES BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE


New this year are:

  • The recently-opened Angel Island Immigration Museum
  • The exhibit “Taken From Their Families: Japanese American Incarceration on Angel Island During World War II,” which explores the events and policies that led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and presents stories from 24 individuals whose lives were forever changed after December 7, 1941.
  • The National Japanese American Historical Society will also present the “Enemy Alien Files” exhibit and a panel including the German American, Italian American and Japanese Latin American experiences.
  • A LEGO recreation of the entire Immigration Station

The program will include:

  • Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki and sho performer Mark Izu of First Voice.
  • PJ Hirabayashi and the TaikoPeace Ambassadors
  • Bon Odori dancing to honor our immigrant ancestors
  • Family History Stations by volunteers from the California Genealogical Society will offer family history stations, allowing attendees to get started on researching their family histories.

SPECIAL NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND PILGRIMAGES PACKAGES — MUST PRE-REGISTER

The Sacramento bus will depart at 7 a.m. (boards at 6:45 a.m.) from the Tenrikyo High Sacramento Church, 2216 6th St. (at W Street) next to Southside Park. Includes Japanese bento lunch and water, round-trip Tiburon ferry ticket and park entry, Immigration Station Museum admission and the program, including access to Family History Consultations. Cost: $50 for Nichi Bei Members/Subscribers (ages 6+), $65 General Public (ages 6+). Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12.

 

The San Jose Japantown bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. (boards 7:15 a.m.) from the Issei Memorial Building (San Jose JACL), 565 North Fifth St., in San Jose. Includes Japanese bento lunch and water, round-trip Tiburon ferry ticket and park entry, Immigration Station Museum admission and the program, including access to Family History Consultations. Cost: $50 for Nichi Bei Members/Subscribers (ages 6+), $65 General Public (ages 6+). Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12.

 

San Francisco Ferry Package (no bus): Operated by Golden Gate Ferry from Gate B of the San Francisco Ferry Terminal, behind the SF Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building in San Francisco. Includes round-trip ferry ticket and park entry, admission to Immigration Station Museum and the program, including access to Family History Consultations. Cost: $32 Adult (ages 19-64), $18 Seniors (ages 65+), $18 Youth (ages 5-18). Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12. Optional Japanese bento and water for $20. Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12. Departs at 9:20 a.m.

 

Tiburon Ferry Package (no bus): Operated by Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry from 21 Main Street in Tiburon, Calif. Includes round-trip ferry ticket and park entry, admission to Immigration Station Museum and the program, including access to Family History Consultations. Cost: $22 Adult (ages 13-64), $19 Seniors (ages 65+), $19 Youth (ages 6-12), $10 Small Children (ages 3-5). Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12. Optional Japanese bento and water for $20. Optional shuttle service on island (recommended for seniors and small children): $12. Departs at 10 a.m.


Presented by:

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Sponsored by

With Funding Support From:

      

Lorna M. Fong


Read about the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage:

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WATCH a video slideshow of the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

Past Nichi Bei Weekly stories about Angel Island:

• Historic pilgrimage reconnects Japanese American community to Angel Island immigration station (Oct. 30, 2014)

Preserving family histories for the future: Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage (Nov. 8, 2018)

• Pilgrimage sheds light on JA immigration history, honors those who preserved it (Oct. 15, 2015)

FAMILY REUNION: Third annual Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage reunites families with legacies (Oct. 13, 2016)

• NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans on Angel Island

• NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: The Shigenaga brothers’ detention on Angel Island and the continent during WWII

• NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Nikkei family makes historic visit to see ancestor’s inscription on Angel Island

• Alexander Weiss, who discovered Angel Island carvings, dies


 

TRANSPORTATION FOR OCT. 1 NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND PILGRIMAGE

To those attending the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage on Oct. 1, it is required to take the early ferries out of Tiburon and the San Francisco Ferry Building in order to make the start of the program:

10 a.m. out of Tiburon*. Arrives at 10:20 a.m.
9:20 a.m. out of the San Francisco Ferry Building. Arrives at Angel Island 9:50 a.m.

* There is an 11 a.m. ferry out of Tiburon, but no shuttle service from the Ayala Cove to the Immigration Station until 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a 1.5-mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Use of Northridge Trail, including the 144 steps to Perimeter Road, is the shortest and most direct way to the Immigration Station. The 1.5-mile walk from the dock to the Immigration Station could take anywhere from 20-40 minutes.

 

SHUTTLE FROM AYALA COVE:

For those who wish, and especially seniors, a shuttle service is available from the dock at Ayala to the Immigration Station at 10:30 a.m. for $12. You can order shuttle tickets with the Ferry Packages. SEE ABOVE

Please plan to arrive at least 25-30 minutes before departure at the docks, as the ferries leave promptly at their designated times, and our volunteers will need to check you in. If you come early to the Immigration Station, you can visit the exhibits, and enjoy a leisurely walk to the Immigration Station.

Parking Tips:

Some Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage parking tips for Tiburon:

Tiburon is only $5 in the lot behind the Bank of America or others further away from the bay. It’s only a few block walk from there. See a detailed map of the various lots and prices here: http://angelislandferry.com/parking-information/


HELP US SUPPORT STUDENTS / VOLUNTEERS!

Please consider donating a little extra to help us defray the ferry, museum and bento lunch costs for our volunteers, many of whom are students.


More information: programs@nichibeifoundation.org


WHAT TO BRING

The Bay Area weather in October is generally quite pleasant.  However, the weather can fluctuate from warm & sunny to cold & windy. So, light layers are recommended.  We suggest a jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and towel or blanket to sit on as the program and picnic lunch will be outdoors. As we will institute Bon Odori dancing from this year, you are encouraged to bring a happi coat.

TRANSPORTATION
Please remember to consider parking, departure times, and plan accordingly. The ferries will not wait for anyone.

From San Francisco:
Golden Gate Ferry, Gate B, behind SF Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, Calif.
Departure Times on October 1: 9:20 am (arrives at Ayala Cove on Angel Island at 9:50 a.m.)
Return Times: 2:05 p.m. (arrives at SF Ferry Building at 2:40 p.m.), 4:10 p.m. (arrives 4:40 p.m.)

From Tiburon:
Angel Island Ferry, Main Street & Tiburon Blvd (415) 435-2131
Departure Times on October 1: 10:00 a.m. (arrives at Ayala Cove on Angel Island at 10:20 a.m.)
Return Times: 2:20 p.m. (arrives in Tiburon at 2:40 p.m.), 3:20 p.m. (arrives in Tiburon at 3:40 p.m.), 4:20 p.m. (arrives 4:40 p.m.), 5:20 p.m. (arrives 5:40 p.m.)
For directions: http://angelislandferry.com/directions/

ARRIVING ON ANGEL ISLAND
A shuttle from the dock to the immigration station is recommended for seniors and families with young children. A fee of $12 can be paid along with our Ferry Packages in advance for the shuttle. The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a 1.5 mile walk from the ferry landing at Ayala Cove. Use the Northridge Trail, including 144 steps to Perimeter Road. [About a 20-25 minute walk.]

Map:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/468/files/AngelIsland2.pdf

Accessibility
There are ramps throughout the exterior of the immigration station, which allow access to the different parts of the site, and there is a lift that allows one to get into the historic barracks. Inside, there is an elevator so there is easy access to both floors of the building. Only certain areas like the historic bathrooms in the building are inaccessible. The exterior bathrooms that are open to the public are ADA accessible.


ANGEL ISLAND RESOURCES

How to get to Angel Island: http://aiisf.org/visit/transportation
California State Park Brochure and Map: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/468/files/AngelIsland2.pdf
Japanese American Detainees in WWII: http://aiisf.org/education/station-history/jacs
Virtual Tour of Angel Island Immigration Station: http://aiisf.org/visit/virtual-tour-of-aiis
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