The Silent Fair

This video tells the story of the Puyallup Assembly Center through the recollections of nine individuals who ranged in age from four to eighteen at the time. Funding was provided by the Kip Tokuda  Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of Washington State.

Here is a short trailer:



Those sharing their memories were:

Mary Tanaka Abo

James Akagi

Victor "Junks" Ikeda

Louise Tsuboi Kashino

Shiogi "Stogie: Kawabata

Choichi "Cho" Shimizu

George "Joker" Shimizu

Elsie Yotsuuye Taniguchi

Shokichi "Shox" Tokita

Introducing the video is Kent Hojem, CEO of the Washington State Fair.

Providing current perspectives and relevance to future generations are

Bev Kashino and Sean Ohashi.

Many non-Japanese supported their friends and neighbors. An example of Profound Acts of Kindness is Fred Orton's grandparents and parents.

The video is now available for $20.00 (in-person sales) or $27.00 with shipping.

Make checks payable to JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE, and send to

Puyallup Valley JACL

c/o Eileen Yamada Lamphere

11415 SE 234th Place

Kent, WA  98031

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Stogie Kawabata, Victor Ikeda, Sean Ohashi, Fred Orton, Mary Abo, Cho Shizimu,

Elsie Taniguchi