About the Website

This website was created by Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project to provide background historical information for Love for 99 Years – Japanese Americans, the TBS 60th anniversary drama series written by Sugako Hashida. Historical photographs and excerpts from interviews are provided from Densho’s digital archive.


This website was produced with support from the United States-Japan Foundation. (http://www.us-jf.org/japanese.html  for the Japanese page)


About Denshō
Denshō, “伝承” in Japanese,  is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 in Seattle, Washington, to collect and preserve video oral histories documenting Japanese American history. The free Denshō digital archive offered online at www.densho.org  contains more than 900 hours of interviews and nearly 11,000 historical photos and documents. The interviews, photos, and documents range from late 19th-century immigration from Japan, through the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, to the redress legislation of 1988 that called for an official apology by the U.S. president. The Denshō  website receives 150,000 global visitors each year. Denshō has received honors including the Washington Humanities award, an American Library Association citation, and the Japanese American Citizens League biennium award.

Project management: Tom Ikeda & Naoko Magasis
Design: BIMO - Design & Development
Editorial: Patricia Kiyono
Translation: Naoko Magasis
Photo editing: Dana Hoshide

Historical photographs and interview excerpts: Denshō Digital Archive, www.densho.org/archive

Special Thanks
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Yoshi Minegishi
Consulate General of Japan in Seattle
U.S.-Japan Council
Japanese American National Museum

1416 South Jackson Street
Seattle, Washington 98144
206-320-0095 phone
206-320-0098 fax
nihongo@densho.org (for emails in Japanese)

Copyright ©2010 Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project
No reproduction or republication without written permission


Another Japanese-Language Resource from Denshō: In the Shadow of My Country

A bilingual multimedia website explores one Japanese American family's memories of living behind barbed wire during World War II. The acclaimed U.S. artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at the Minidoka, Idaho, incarceration camp as a three year old, found inspiration in his grandmother's journals for the painting series An American Diary. A virtual exhibition, In the Shadow of My Country displays these sharply ironic paintings tempered by the grandmother's patient, hopeful words.

Click START to view. Japanese bar is at the bottom.
(Flash Player required for viewing. Go to the installation website if needed)