Members of the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS), http://www.littletokyohs.org/, spent a day in Huntington Beach, touring Historic Wintersburg and discussing shared history. Formed in 2006, LTHS is focused on the history of the Little Tokyo Historic District in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Our thanks to Little Tokyo Historical Society for their longstanding solidarity and support, historical insight, and advocacy for the preservation of Historic Wintersburg!
ABOVE: Tadashi Kowta shares his memories of living in the manse (parsonage) and life in Wintersburg Village. His father was the Reverend Sohei Kowta, the clergy for the Wintersburg Japanese Church from 1938 to 1942. The Kowtas were incarcerated at the Colorado River Relocation Center (Poston), Arizona, along with the majority of those from Orange County. The Kowta family story is at http://historicwintersburg.blogspot.com/2013/02/reverend-sohei-kowta-sunday-before.html (Photo, M. Urashima, April 8, 2017) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©
ABOVE: LTHS members make their way through the nopal ("prickly pear" cactus) on the south side of the Furuta barn. The nopal were planted by employees of Rainbow Environmental, the trash company that purchased the property in 2004, and are not original to the farm. The nopal is are on land once covered with goldfish ponds. (Photo, M. Urashima, April 8, 2017) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©
LEFT: LTHS members at Historic Wintersburg with preservation chair Mary Urashima (back left) and new task force member and Huntington Beach resident Frankie Edeza (far right). Little Tokyo is a National Park Service historic district which, prior to World War II, was home to the largest Japanese American community in the United States. Prior to World War II incarceration, Little Tokyo covered three square miles in downtown Los Angeles and had multiple kenjin-kai (mutual aid associations) representing 40 of Japan's 46 prefectures. Read more about Little Tokyo's history on the National Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/asian_american_and_pacific_islander_heritage/Little-Tokyo-Historic-District.htm (Photo courtesy of Michael Okamura, Little Tokyo Historical Society, April 8, 2017) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©
RIGHT: Little Tokyo is home to the Japanese American National Museum, http://www.janm.org/, which has hosted book signings and presentations for Historic Wintersburg, as well as the premier screening of the documentary film, Our American Family: The Furutas of Historic Wintersburg, before it aired nationally on PBS. (Photo, M. Urashima, 2016) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©
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