Virtual Pilgrimage

Screenshot of 2021 Virtual Pilgrimage Welcome

Pilgrimages to WWII confinement sites began in the late 1960s. It took nearly a quarter century for former prisoners and their descendants to question why they had been imprisoned and begin searching for answers. From 1975 to 2019, the annual Amache Pilgrimage was held in person on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend.

In 2020, the Pilgrimage was canceled due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. Amache took part in Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, which was developed as a way to bring together survivors and descendants of the camps and the general public. In 2021, it was still unsafe to gather in person, and the first ever Virtual Amache Pilgrimage was held. Amache also participated in Tadaima 2021.

We hope that Virtual Pilgrimages will continue to have a role, both as stand-alone events and to complement in-person gatherings. Additional information will be posted here as available.

Due to uncertainties with internet coverage at the site, there will not be livestreaming at this year’s Pilgrimage, but we plan to create a video for those who are unable to attend.

Much of the programming for past events was recorded and is still available online. We have collected that information below. Enjoy!


Tadaima 2021

Tadaima 2021 logo.From August 29 – September 25, 2021 Tadaima 2021 was held, expanding upon Tadaima 2020 to address identity, indigeneity, and intersectionality as they relate to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. The session “Resistance at Amache and the Road to Recognition” featured an overview of resistance at Amache and panel discussion, with special guest Susumu Yenokida, the last surviving Nisei draft resister from Amache.

Virtual Amache Pilgrimage 2021

2021 Virtual Amache Pilgrimage graphic The first Virtual Amache Pilgrimage was held June 11-13th and included a mix of live chatting with Amacheans and other community members, films, videos, and panel discussions. The majority of programming was recorded and is still available online at https://www.jampilgrimages.com/2021-amache-virtual-pilgrimage.

TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage: 2020

Tadaima! A Community Virtual PilgrimageThe annual pilgrimage to Amache and other sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the significance of these pilgrimages, a virtual community pilgrimage was organized by the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. They hosted TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage from June 13-August 16, 2020. Except for the Films of the Week, most of the content is still available via the TADAIMA! page.

If you missed any of the past Amache programming, all the panels and presentations were recorded and are still available. Here are some offerings about Amache or that feature Amache incarcerees (for automatic closed captioning, look for the cc button on the bottom right hand side of the videos–it is available for most of the videos):