Saturday, October 15th from 11AM – 1:00 PM

Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ – Please note new location!
2550 Fairfield Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Featuring a presentation by Dr. Kanji Sahara, Vice President and Project Director of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition. He is a Santa Anita Assembly Center, Jerome and Rowher War Relocation Authority survivor, an active member of the Manzanar Committee, and National Conference on Redress and Restitution, and is a Japanese American National Museum docent. Dr. Sahara will give us some of the history behind creation of the traveling exhibit of the history of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station.  Honoring Karen Tani as this year’s posthumous recipient of the Kansha Award.

Reservations and payment are required for the boxed lunch portion ($18/lunch) of the event. However, attendance at the meeting or Kansha presentation are free. The deadline for lunch reservations is October 8th.  Download the form here. 

Opening reception for “Mingei from the Internment Camps”

JAHSSD Gallery at the San Diego History Center

Presented in cooperation with the Mingei International Museum, this Exhibition explores the creativity and beauty of everyday objects created by people of Japanese ancestry while they were incarcerated in American internment camps during World War II.

The exhibition will include unique handcrafted items from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego’s collection, and loans from community members. Many items, some being displayed for the first time, were made by San Diegans living at the Poston, Arizona relocation facility. Light refreshments will be served. This exhibition will be open through mid-September 2016. Admission to the JAHSSD Gallery is free to JAHSSD members.  For more information please contact JAHSSD 

This is an article from the SAN DIEGO VETERANS MUSEUM IN BALBOA PARK’s April 2016 newsletter, featuring JAHSSD intern Meghan Kanegaye. Meghan researched her topic at and used artifacts from the JAHSSD Archive as part of her internship.



Meghan Kanegaye, a student at Francis Parker School, developed this exhibit and collected the artifacts to tell the story of Bert M. Tanaka, a Japanese American, who graduated from San Diego High School, returned to Hawaii in June 1941 and enlisted in the US Army. Bert was a member of the famous all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and received a battlefield promotion from Sergeant to 2LT and was awarded the Silver Star. Learn about Bert’s story at our museum and see the Congressional Gold Medal presented to the surviving members from that unit. The photo shows Meghan in front of her exhibit. We encourage you to visit one of our frequent community partners, the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd., San Diego.

Community Events


Constructs: The Art of Saori Weaving
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park

Features hand woven clothing, wall hangings and banners artists with developmental disabilities made on a Japanese Saori loom. The show is August 13-October 27 with a reception on Thursday August 25 from 4:30-6:30pm.

For more info please download the flyer

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