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Remembering Yosh Nakagawa

Our hearts are broken to learn of the passing of Yosh Nakagawa.

A giant to so many. Yosh did so much to inspire and educate on the WWII incarceration experiences and has been a driving force, and guilding light, for the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee for more than a decade.

Thank you Yosh.

You modeled the way with strength and humility in cross cultural community building; generations learned from your kindness. You demonstrated the need for, and power of, centering the voices of survivors and descendants.

You guided with humor, strength and bravery. We will be forever grateful.

Black Lives Matter.

August, 2020


The Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee fully supports the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to end racist state and societal inequity. 


During World War II, Japanese American families were torn apart, our lives uprooted, our homes and communities broken by the institutions that were supposed to protect us. This history is not isolated. Since before the inception of the United States, Black, Brown, and Indigenous people have suffered these same injustices and worse.


Our mission is to educate all people about the history of the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans. Furthermore, we strive to provide space to heal from the intergenerational trauma caused by forced displacement. We recognize that in order for this work to have integrity, we must:


  • Boldly speak out against injustices that are still a reality for many

  • Meaningfully increase our support of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities in their ongoing struggle for civil rights

  • Push back against anti-Blackness and the Model Minority myth within the Japanese American community 


We are also introducing these actions at our organization:


  • Intentional outreach to recruit a broader range of student scholarship candidates, with a focus on Black, Brown and Indigenous youth.

  • Training, facilitation, coalition work, speaker recruitment and more as tactics to name and address anti-Blackness in our programming and provide an intentionally anti-racist lens.

  • Developing ways to make Minidoka Pilgrimage programming more accessible to people outside the Japanese American community

  • Committing to anti-racism and unsettling anti-Blackness as ongoing, long-term work


To this end, the Minidoka Pilgrimage Committee supports the demands of King County Equity Now, a coalition of over 30 Black-led or Black-allied community-led organizations.


We stand with the victims of police brutality and their families, we stand with those calling for justice, and we pledge concrete action to do better by our neighbors and community members most impacted by racist violence.


Black Lives Matter.

2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage Cancelled

UPDATED June 9, 2020:

Please see our news regarding Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage that the Minidoka Pilgrimage will be contributing to in lieu of the 2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage here.

March 20, 2020

The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage that was scheduled to take place July 9-12, 2020, due to the ongoing health situation created by the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We take the health and well-being of our pilgrims very seriously. Our decision to cancel was not made lightly, however we want to do our best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our pilgrims healthy. We will be in touch with those of you who have already registered for the 2020 Minidoka Pilgrimage regarding the refund of any registration fees.

We would like to thank all our pilgrims, past and present, for their ongoing support; your eagerness and enthusiasm mean the world to us. Because of this, we will be working to offer alternative programming in continuity with our mission to honor and remember the generations who suffered the injustices of racism and incarceration, deliver the message of “Never Again,” and to pass on the legacy to any who will listen. Details about any alternative programming will be published on our website ( as they are finalized. There are currently no plans to reschedule the Pilgrimage for 2020, however we hope to see everyone in 2021. Any updates regarding future Pilgrimage dates will be announced through our website and social media channels.

Any questions can be sent to us at:

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