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On Sunday, February 19, 2023, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will present the 43rd annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program in the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 632 North 5th Street, San Jose, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. This event commemorates Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II imprisonment of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The theme of the program is "Reparatory Justice: Together We Rise," bringing awareness to the public about the Japanese American community's redress and reparations movement and the importance of being in solidarity with other communities in their struggles for justice and reparations today.

NOC proudly announces guest speaker Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Recently, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has been involved in the fight to protect the environmental health of the region, particularly Juristac, sacred lands that have great historic significance to the Amah Mutsun.

Sumi Tanabe and Satomi Susie Yasui, survivors of WWII incarceration, will remember their experiences in camp and how they were affected by incarceration in the difficult years of resettling after their release. 

Also featured are performances by San Jose Taiko and the traditional candlelight procession through Japantown. The candle lighting ceremony and procession through Japantown will honor those who were incarcerated in the concentration camps.

Seating is limited.  Masks recommended.  This event is free of charge but donations are welcome.

2023 Day of Remembrance Trailer

In this trailer for the 2023 San Jose Day of Remembrance, Satomi Susie Yasui talks about how she and her family encountered racism in the years after their release from WWII Japanese American prison camps.

Reflection

The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown allows participants to remember how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devastated the community and to reflect on what that event means to us today.

Valentin Lopez on Juristac

Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez shares his perspective on the proposed sand and gravel mining operation on Juristac, a sacred site for his tribe. Film clip from StanfordJournalism.

Sumi Tanabe

Sumi Tanabe was born in Long Beach, California. She and her family were incarcerated at Jerome, Arkansas and Gila River, Arizona. After their release they settled in Fowler, ten miles south of Fresno, where she attended grammar school and high school. She earned an AA degree from Fresno City College and a BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco.  Sumi has been involved with the Buddhist Church for 50 years in many roles. She is the first woman President of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin and board member, Dharma School teacher and Minister Assistant. Sumi volunteers at Fuji Towers as a member of the board and served as President of the Board; and as President of the American Association of University Women, serving on the committees for homeless, legal advocacy, and scholarships.

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