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Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
+1 206-855-9038
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The memorial honors the Japanese Americans that lived on Bainbridge Island and were placed in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
maryellenbradley
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Olympia, Washington
Visit this place after the museum....

I found this memorial by visiting the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and found about the... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
galavantingsusan
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Saratoga, California
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A unique National Historic Site inspired to represent the waves of time passing, the sinuous, curving Memorial Wall is built on the historic Eagledale Ferry dock landing site where the first of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans - two/thirds of them U.S. citizens - were banished from their West Coast homes and placed in concentration camps during World War II.On March 30, 1942 - with only six days notice and only allowed to bring what they could carry or wear - 227 Bainbridge Island men, women and children were forcibly removed by bayonet-armed U.S. Army soldiers. They were the first mass community to arrive at the Manzanar concentration camp in California and later most were assigned to the last barracks at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, becoming the emblematic bookends of the Japanese American incarceration story.The 276-foot long contemplative Memorial Wall of old-growth red cedar, granite and basalt honors the names of all 276 Japanese Americans at the start of WWII who were exiled from Bainbridge Island by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 and Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1. It also honors the unique legacy of a community that stood by their friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Five large terra cotta friezes along the Memorial wall movingly illustrate this American story of perseverance, patriotism and courage.Guided tours - some with living survivors of the forced removal - are available with a minimum of three weeks notice. Please indicate the size of your group, date, time and expected duration of your visit. As a fully volunteer organization, we will do our best to accommodate requests. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association (BIJAEMA) is a private non-profit organization that designed and supports the maintenance and operation of the memorial. The memorial is a satellite unit of the Minidoka National Historic Site located at the west end of Pritchard Park co-owned by the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District and the City of Bainbridge Island. These organizations, along with the Bainbridge island Historical Museum, cooperate in partnership with the BIJAEMA in the management of the site.
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4192 Eagle Harbor Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The memorial honors the Japanese Americans that lived on Bainbridge Island and were placed in concentration caps during WWII It s a beautiful and contemplative place. It has a wall that honors the names of all 276 people who were exiled.

Thank maryellenbradley
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting the memorial and for your kind and positive review. We are honored that you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 23 May 2017

I found this memorial by visiting the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and found about the Japanese exclusion of this island's Japanese Americans. My relatives were incarcerated to Poston AZ during the war but never knew about this island to be the first of Japanese Americans...More

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review, and sharing with us that some of your relatives were incarcerated in the Poston concentration camp. You are so right that the day is fast approaching that, like all those from the WWII generation, no survivors will be alive...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This tiny and hopelessly signposted memorial is deeply moving. In today's troubled and uncertain political times it would do everyone good to learn, or be reminded of, the incarceration and stigmatisation of a group of people because of their race or ancestry.

Thank Yvette M
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your thoughtful review, and thank you for visiting all the way from the U.K. ! Cheers!

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We rode bikes to this haunting memorial. The walk through the memorial was quite thought provoking. It incensed us to learn how these valued citizens were pushed off the island, and how the islanders kissed the contribution of these families until a few returned many...More

Thank Susan S
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

What a heartfelt, thoughtful review! Thank you for visiting, we are honored that you were so moved.

Reviewed 6 April 2017

For those of you who aren't aware, Bainbridge Island was the initial deportation spot for Japanese Americans and their families during WW2 - this monument is located on the actual point of ferry departure. Very moving and beautifully created. A must see for anyone visiting...More

Thank Ellen S
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Thank you for your kind review and recommendation encouraging people to visit. We are so appreciative of the support that we receive from our island community. Thank you!

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Took my adult kids to view the Memorial so that they would begin to comprehend what their grandparents went through. Very well done Memorial wall to those who were forced to leave their homes for imprisonment in a concentration camp.More

Thank SMan46
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Thank you for visiting the memorial and your kind review. It is wonderful that you shared the memorial with your children so that the story becomes alive. We are curious - would please share with us which concentration camp where your parents were incarcerated? Thank...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I live about two miles from this place and love to take friends and visitors to see this historic place. A lesson to be learned again in our current political situation.

Thank Nita B
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Thank you Nita for your positive review and for bringing your friends and visitors with you to see and experience the site. We agree that the site is both timeless and timely.

Reviewed 31 October 2016

A must see for history buffs, those who care about civil rights and those who simply may not be aware of the this sad and very embarrassing event in our nation's history - the internment of Japanese American's, during the time of WWII, in the...More

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ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you for your comprehensive, informative and positive review, including suggestions for travel to the Memorial site. We are honored that you are strongly supportive of the message of the memorial, and we also strongly agree with you that visitors should also drop by the...More

Reviewed 15 September 2016

This memorial is a serene and beautiful walk reminding us how much has changed in 70 years. It is a place that reminds all of us to help and trust our neighbors and friends of all nationalities and backgrounds and place our love and trust...More

1  Thank gilbertthomes
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt review and call to action. We are honored that you were moved by your experience and visit.

Reviewed 9 September 2016

We spend a few hours here looking at all the names of the Japanese people that were removed from the island at the start of WWII. Built on the same spot where the piers were back then to take them over by boat to Seattle...More

1  Thank Bill L
ClarenceMoriwaki, Public Relations Manager at Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thank you for your kind review and positive rating - we are glad that you enjoyed your visit!

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Judy I
How far is the museum from the Ferry terminal? Is it walkable? if not is Uber or taxis available? Thanks Judy
7 August 2016|
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Response from ClarenceMoriwaki | Property representative |
Along with several private taxi companies, Kitsap Transit, our local transit agency, offers B.I. Ride, an on-demand service that offers loops trip around the island to several stops, including the memorial site. Thus, you... More
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Elizabeth C
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30 March 2015|
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Response from ClarenceMoriwaki | Property representative |
The memorial site is free and open from dawn to dusk everyday.
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