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Amache Stories and Memories

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A collection of some of the 10,000 stories from the WW2 Japanese Internment Center known as Amache. Stay tuned for future articles and memories by Amacheans, their descendants and those ...

The Schmoe House, Houses for Hiroshima Project, Grand Opening Ceremony - Hiroshima, Japan

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The Schmoe House, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Japan. An exhibition facility affiliated with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On 5 September 2012, Hiroshima City decided to turn Schmoe House, a branch of ...

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My name is Mitch Homma. I’m a sansei who grew up and still resides in Southern California. In addition to working as a software and system engineer for a small Chantilly, Virginia based company, my interests include Japanese history and Christianity in Japan. In my spare time, I work on publishing some family items that I believe are important to history and hope it inspires other to do the same.

I contribute to three different Discover Nikkei albums which are based on my family’s photo albums, documents, and stories. My current albums contain items from Amache and Heart Mountain Internment Camps as well as Gardena Valley Baptist Church, which 4 generations of family attended. The Amache and Heart Mountain albums are being updated as I come across related photos while still searching through hundreds of photos in boxes.

I am also working on two other albums which may be published in the future. Both albums are based on recently uncovered photos and documents. One collection is based on Christianity in Japan (1890-1930) and the pre-WWII Southern California Japanese Christian Federation of churches. The second documents my 2008 trip back to Japan and Amache to see my family history first hand. This album includes pre-WWII and today’s photos of my family’s sites, Japan relatives, and finally my father and his sibling’s emotional closure when visiting Amache during JANM’s Enduring Communities Conference field trip.

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  • family stories

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