Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

The first structure of the Museum was built by Japanese immigrants in 1925, designed specifically to house a Buddhist place of worship, the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, which incorporates elements of a temple in Kyoto, combining Japanese and Middle Eastern influences.

Later, after the Nishi Hongwanji moved to a new facility in 1969, the building was sold to the City of Los Angeles in 1973, and when it was declared a landmark by the City, it became a space for the Japanese American National Museum. It opened in 1999 with a 85,000 square-foot Pavilion. The contemporary stone, steel and glass Pavilion (in the photo) bridges East-West aesthetic traditions by adjoining with the Museum’s original building.

Before visiting this museum, I have never heard about the sad situation that took place in the USA, which is described through the museum.

It shows the Japanese American experience about the incarceration in concentration camps of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

The purpose of the museum is “to promote the understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience”.*

If you want to know more, here’s a link to the JANM web page.

*’About JANM’ at the web page.

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