‘Manzanar Fishing Club,’ Chiura Obata Programs at National Historic Site

The following events will take place at the Manzanar National Historic Site, 5001 Highway 395 in Independence, on the weekend of Oct. 6 and 7.


At 1 p.m., join Shiozaki, Imamura and special guest Michael Nakamura (second unit director of photography) for a guided driving and walking tour to key sites in Manzanar’s fishing history. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot. Wear a hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes, and drink lots of water.

The film tells the story of Japanese American incarcerees who defied camp authorities and tasted freedom by slipping out of Manzanar at night to fish for trout in the Eastern Sierra.


Obata had a special bond with Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra. His works, showcased in the books “Topaz Moon” and “Obata’s Yosemite,” illustrate human hardship as well as natural beauty. Obata’s granddaughter will highlight his story as presented in the new book “Chiura Obata: An American Modern,” edited by ShiPu Wang (University of California Press).

Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 878-2194, ext. 3310 or visit www.nps.gov/manz or www.facebook.com/manzanarnationalhistoricsite.

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