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An opening reception for an exhibit of photographs of Nisei World War II veterans was held on Dec. 8 at Toyo Photography in Gardena. Gary Miyatake shot the portraits in June in Little Tokyo during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring Japanese Americans who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service. Special guests included Rep. Maxine Waters, who participated in the ceremony. Above: MIS veteran Henry Harada, 92, talks with fellow MIS vet Jack Kunitomi, 97, whose picture is included in the exhibit.

Archie Miyatake, father of Gary Miyatake and son of Toyo Miyatake, is interviewed for the local cable channel. Archie took over Miyatake Studio in Little Tokyo after his father’s death in 1979.

Gary Miyatake with some of the portraits he took of his late grandfather.

In addition to veterans, photographs of such prominent figures as sculptor Isamu Noguchi (pictured), former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, and labor leader Cesar Chavez were displayed. The exhibit is on view until Dec. 29. Toyo Photography is located at 1305 W. Gardena Blvd. For more information, call (310) 324-8941.

Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo

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