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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Hama Sushi Raises Funds for VJAMM


Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward Avenue, has been instrumental in the fund raising for the Japanese American Memorial Maker (VJAMM). Their latest is a $20 Bento Box Lunch and all box lunch proceeds will go to the marker fund. Ten percent of evening meal will go to marker.

The roundup of Japanese Americans for displacement to Manzanar for incarceration took place at the northwest corner of Venice Blvd at Lincoln Blvd 72 years ago on 25 April. They were from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu.

A memorial marking that site has been in the making for two years now and is nearing completion. The marker will be placed there “to remind us to remember our history and to be vigilant about our future.”

The marker is a black obelisk and will be placed at the northwest corner of Venice Blvd at Lincoln to commemorate where approximately 3000 Japanese Americans departed by bus for Manzanar War Relocation Authority Camp near Lone Pine, CA.

February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized U.S. Military to designate areas “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” That order began the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Washington, Oregon, and California. Although never charged with any crimes, these people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated during World War II.

They were allowed a small suitcase and the clothes on their backs. A complete Manzanar barracks is in the Japanese Museum in downtown Los Angeles along with other memorabilia.