Welcome to BIJAC Online!

Welcome to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) website. As you explore this site you will learn March 30, 1942 - Beginning of Japanese American forced removal from Bainbridge Island about the history of our community on Bainbridge Island as well as our current activities that maintain community connections, celebrate diversity, and promote civil liberties education.

We have compiled a collection of photographs, artifacts, and recorded firsthand accounts that illustrate the human stories behind the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Bainbridge Island was the first community forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in the Manzanar Assembly Center in the California desert. The personal stories behind these events teach us important lessons in humanity, civil rights, and citizenship.

The Nidoto Nai Yoni, "Let it not happen again," Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is built at the site where this first group of internees was taken from our island. The memorial honors those who suffered this injustice and the friends and neighbors who stood beside them and welcomed them back. Designated a satellite of the Minidoka Internment National Historic Site in Jerome County, Idaho, the Bainbridge Island memorial preserves this important moment in history.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – Service and Community

Join us at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Contact: Clarence Moriwaki, mobile/text: 206-491-2336. clarencemoriwaki@gmail.com for more information.

Click here for event details.

View the new video My Favorite Places with Ralph Munro, featuring the Exclusion Memorial and our own Kay Nakao.

Click here to view the video.

Get Involved! Join us the first Wednesday of each month at our regular meetings:

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
215 Ericksen Avenue NE
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110
Time: 6pm-8pm

Or contact us for more information: info@bijac.org.

Please explore our website to learn more about the memorial, the people it honors, and the unique history of the Nikkei on Bainbridge Island.

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