Wayne Nakata

Wayne Nakata was born and raised on Bainbridge Island.  He worked in his family's Town and Country store until 1981, when he left to pursue other interests, including being the family's historian.  He has revisited Manzanar numerous times on trips to California.

Update July 2013

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Honoring My Issei and Nisei Ancestors

The most important reminder that surfaced throughout each chapter in our family’s history was that it all happened on American soil. Despite setbacks, losses, hardships, and interruptions in their lives, they still found fertile ground in which to make a living, to raise children, and to enjoy life with friends in a community that offered opportunities for a good life. I am grateful that they chose to do it on Bainbridge Island!

My grandparents, immigrants from Japan, were among many families who settled B.I. in the early 1900s. Grandpa, Jitsuzo Nakata, was born in 1875; Grandma, Shima, in ...

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