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My favorite part about traveling is obtaining  knowledge of my new surroundings. Yesterday, I visited Manzanar Concentration Camp this was the land were Japanese people during WWll (most of them American citizens) were forced to leave their homes and freedom in order to live behind barbed wire. As I was walking around this land and witnessing the photographs of Japanese people suffering, I realized how extremely unfortunate and shameful this period of our history is. I have learned about this subject before in my numerous history classes, but standing on the land were all this injustice took place made me feel dreadful. 

However, at the end of the museum exhibit they show you the perseverance of these humans, how they made furniture out of wood scraps to make their barracks feel more like a home. How they began to farm in order to grow food that would not make them physically sick; and made activities for their children in order to minimize their childrens pain. It is uplifting to see that even though they experienced horrific situations there spirit allowed them to thrive even in such cruel conditions.  

Images by Adriana Damian 

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Japanese-American photographer Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s photographs of Greene & Greene architecture will be shown for the first time in the United States in a focused loan exhibition on view at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens from June 18 through Oct. 3, 2016. The influential photographer turned his lens toward the work of California Arts and Crafts architects Greene & Greene in 1974, producing a suite of images for the Japanese design magazine Approach. Before his death, Ishimoto expressed his wish to have these photographs shown in the United States. Now, more than 40 years after the photos were made, his wish will come true.

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images:
Yasuhiro Ishimoto, photograph of Greene & Greene’s Robert R. Blacker house interior detail, Pasadena, 1974, 20 × 16 × 1 in. © Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto
Yasuhiro Photo Center.

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, photograph of Greene & Greene’s William R. Thorsen house post-and-strap detail, Berkeley, 1974, 20 × 16 × 1 in. © Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center.

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, photograph of Greene & Greene’s David B. Gamble house west elevation and terrace, Pasadena, 1974, 20 × 16 × 1 in. © Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center.