SAVE THE DATE: 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner Sept. 23, 2017

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Aug. 15-Sept. 17 Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran
Defining Courage Exhibition
355 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012.

"Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran," a special exhibition will be on display from Aug. 15-Sept. 17, 2017, in GFBNEC's "Defining Courage" exhibition, located in the historic Buddhist temple on the west side of the plaza at First Street and Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

The exhibition explores how second-generation Japanese American soldiers of World War II preserved and exemplified the samurai spirit--not only through the heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion in the European Theater, but through the integrity of the Military Intelligence Service that served in the Pacific. "Nikkei Samurai" is curated by Darin S. Furukawa and Michael Yamasaki, samurai arts specialists from the educational organization Jidai Arts (

"Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran" is free with admission to GFBNEC's "Defining Courage" exhibition. The "Defining Courage" exhibition is free during Nisei Week, which runs from Aug. 19-27, 2017; general admission during regular operations is $9 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students and teachers enter for free, courtesy of a generous grant from the Aratani Foundation. Operating hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Monday.

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16th Annual Evening of Aloha
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In California

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Sept. 17, 2017 New Exhibit at the Fullerton Arboretum
Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito's World War II Images
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, CA 92831

Susumu “Sus” Ito’s World War II photographs document his tour of duty through Europe as a member of the celebrated all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s 522nd Field Artillery Battalion. While Ito participated in such dramatic events as the rescue of the Lost Battalion and the liberation of a sub-camp of Dachau, these rare and breathtaking images, taken with a prohibited camera, capture the humble daily lives of young Japanese American soldiers serving in a segregated unit. They are seen posing next to their jeeps, walking in the snow, swimming in a river, playing chess, and even visiting tourist destinations while on leave.

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Around the Nation

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July 14 - Sept 23, 2017 Traveling Exhibition - Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience is at the Willamette Heritage Center. Visit the Willamette Heritage website.

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