‘Tex’ Nakamura, civil rights advocate who worked with Wayne Collins, dies

Tetsujiro “Tex” Nakamura, a civil rights advocate who became involved in redevelopment issues in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo after World War II and an attorney who worked closely with attorney Wayne Collins on the World War II Japanese American renunciation cases, the Tokyo Rose Iva Toguri d’Aquino case and the Japanese Latin American cases, passed […]

LETTERS: Bittersweet effort to honor Mitsuye Endo

Dear Editor This letter is in re to … Nichi Bei Weekly article, “Senator asks Obama to honor Endo,” dated May 28, 2015 (page 4). It is indeed wonderful that Mitsuye Endo is finally being recognized for her wartime stand, ex parte Endo 323 US 283 (1944) that freed 120,313 (people of Japanese descent)  incarcerated without due process […]

LET’S TALK: About the healing power of pilgrimage

A “pilgrimage” is any long journey, especially undertaken as a quest or act of devotion, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Three hundred and sixty of us traveled from all four directions this July 4th weekend to gather at the former Tule Lake Segregation Center in Northern California near the Oregon border. I made my first pilgrimage […]


Another Tule Lake Pilgrimage has passed, and it has given me a lot to chew over. It is more popular than ever, and the 350 slots filled up in under two weeks. I wonder what the numbers would be if everybody who wanted to participate could. The numbers indicate that interest in Tule Lake has […]

Tule Lake Committee files suit to stop fencing airport

  TULELAKE, Calif. — The Tule Lake Committee on July 28 filed suit in Modoc County Superior Court to stop Modoc County and the city of Tulelake “from consideration of leasing and fencing the Tulelake Airport until conducting a public environmental review process. State law requires study and mitigation of impacts to the historic property […]

World War II MIS veterans hold ‘touching’ reunion after 67 years

After World War II ended in 1945, the Military Intelligence Service soldiers played a vital role in aiding Japan’s reconstruction, connecting Gen. Douglas Macarthur to the Japanese people though their language interpretation. Like other military groups, these Nisei men formed strong, unforgettable friendships during their service. However, when it was time to return home, most […]

Nichi Bei Foundation launches Author Series: Event at Western Addition Branch Library focuses on new works with Sacramento theme

On a brisk November afternoon, the first Nichi Bei Foundation Author Series event was held in the courtyard of the Western Addition Branch Library near San Francisco’s Japantown, presenting two local authors reading from their recent publications. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, a well-known author, playwright, poet and actor, read from his latest work, “Starting From Loomis and […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Telling Tule Lake’s story

I clearly remember the days back in the ‘90s when I mulled over what to do with the mass of information that I had gathered about our camp experience. I was really indebted to my wonderful friend, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a dedicated person who worked so tirelessly in researching our history and who also generously helped […]

The Desecration of the Tule Lake Cemetery

By STANLEY N. KANZAKI A while back, I read an article in a Nikkei newspaper where the cemetery at the Tule Lake Segregation Center — which at one time had 331 buried there — was desecrated. The article reported that the entire gravesite was plowed over, even with some remains still buried there, to be […]

NPS solicits public comment on the future of the Tule Lake Unit

The National Park Service held a planning meeting for the general public in San Francisco Japantown regarding the Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The Sept. 19 meeting, held at Nihonmachi Terrace, is one of more than a dozen that were held along the West Coast, along […]

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