WWII Memorial to Japanese Held in Internment Camps by Ellen Cotton

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Photo interpretation of this landmark in Japantown, San Francisco, California, USA (texture layer added)
California Japanese American Civil Liberties Council:
The CJACLC’s California Japantown Preservation Committee coordinated the development of a landmark honoring the history and heritage of ethnic Japanese neighborhoods. The design process involved the communities of the California’s three remaining Japantowns in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo.
Each landmark stands 9 feet high and weighs over 1,000 lbs. Its three faces depict the Issei pioneers, the WWII internment experience and current community life.
The landmark was funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program with additional resources from Proposition 40 historical and cultural heritage preservation funds.
Designed by : Louis Quaintance & Eugene Daub
Poem by: Janice Mirikitani
Materials: bronze and stone


Being in my 60’s, I am a latecomer to photography. Yet I have found great satisfaction and pleasure in creating digital art from my photographs. Taking pictures was a hobby until surgery in 2001 left me disabled and gave me the opportunity to learn about digital art and photographic software. I’ve been selling my work online and through local galleries since 2009.

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture and find……What a wonderful write up too. Very moving image !

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful and thoughtful comments, Sean! I spent the past 2 weeks with my dear friend from Calgary. She is Japanese and wanted to visit Japantown in San Francisco – so that’s where this shot was captured. (Her family was interred in BC.)

    – Ellen Cotton

  • WolfPause
    WolfPauseabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful B&W depiction of this memorial. Still carries so much emotion doesn’t it.

  • Thanks very much, WP! It is amazing work by these talented sculptors. I have several other images from this landmark but haven’t posted them (yet).

    – Ellen Cotton

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Thanks!!!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Dennis Rubin IPA
    Dennis Rubin IPAabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Dennis!!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 4 years ago


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  • Thank you, Pat, VERY MUCH!!! I’m trying to catch up after a whirlwind month of activity, but it’s taking some time. This is such a wonderful surprise and honour!!!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • OldBirch
    OldBirchabout 4 years ago

    Love this. You’ve taken a beautiful picture of it.

  • Thank you, Colette, very much!!!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockabout 4 years ago

    I read story about some of the survivors of the bomb being dropped and the pain is still lingering for many.

  • Yes, it is another part of our Inhumane history. I visited this memorial with an old friend who was visiting. She spent her early childhood in an internment camp in British Columbia. Her father had some incredible experiences during that time. Thank you so much for stopping by, Chris.

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 4 years ago

    A powerful message and a great find!
    Luv,DANIELA ;-)

  • That’s so kind of you, Daniela! Thank you very much!!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffover 3 years ago

    Great capture Ellen, it’s a sad history that needs to be understood by everyone.. There is a Japanese Nikkei center in Vancouver that has images from some of the camps and teaches the history of events surrounding that time.. Congrats on your sale as well, and that’s so wonderful that you are donating to the Japan relief effort… xxoo

  • sure2010
    sure2010over 3 years ago

    That’s lovely capture…suresh

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