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November 2017

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'Nikkei Samurai' launches temporary exhibition space

Nikkei Samurai
Go For Broke National Education Center launched "Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran," its first temporary exhibition in GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition in Little Tokyo.

From Aug. 15 through Sept. 17, several display cases explored how second-generation Japanese American World War II soldiers preserved and exemplified the samurai spirit through the heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion in the European Theater and the integrity of the Military Intelligence Service in the Pacific.

The temporary exhibition opened during Little Tokyo's Nisei Week Japanese Festival and more than 7,000 people visited the exhibit during its month-long run. "Nikkei Samurai" was curated by Darin S. Furukawa and Michael Yamasaki, samurai arts specialists from the educational organization Jidai Arts (www.jidaiarts.com). Furukawa and Yamasaki have provided exhibitions of Japanese swords and armor for Nisei Week for the past 10 years, and were the curators for "Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints and Textiles" at LACMA, and "Jidai: Timeless Works of Samurai Art" at the Japanese American National Museum. The highlight of the exhibition was a sword given to Furukawa's grandfather while he was serving with the Military Intelligence Service in Japan.

Go For Broke National Education Center will continue to use this space for temporary and traveling exhibitions in the future.

Keep reading the Torch to see what will be on display next!


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