Miyatake to Speak at DOR in Manzanar

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INDEPENDENCE — Photographer Alan Miyatake, one of the grandsons of Toyo Miyatake, will speak at the Day of Remembrance program on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 17-18, at the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Alan Miyatake (Toyo Miyatake Photography)

On May 9, 1942, Toyo Miyatake, his wife Hiro, and their four children arrived at Manzanar. With a lens and film holder hidden in his luggage, Toyo was  determined to record camp life. Eventually, he was permitted to open a photo studio and captured thousands of images of the people and place.

Alan, third generation owner of Toyo Miyatake Studio, will share stories about his grandfather’s life and work. There will also be a screening of Robert Nakamura’s documentary “Toyo MIyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray.” Program takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, and 11 a.m. on Monday.

Day of Remembrance is an annual observation of the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which enabled the forced removal of more than 110,000 United States citizens or residents for Japanese ancestry from the West Coast.

This spring, Manzanar National Historic Site is also exhibiting 40 images by Toyo Miyatake, in partnership with the Eastern California Museum.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 878-2194 or visit www.nps.gov/manz.

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