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Address: Intersection of New Jersey Ave, Louisiana Ave, and D Street NW, Washington DC, DC
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Make the time to see this

We stumbled upon this memorial on our way to the Captiol Building, definitely worth talking the time to appreciate the memorial. Sad but important part of US History.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2014
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Pittsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this memorial on our way to the Captiol Building, definitely worth talking the time to appreciate the memorial. Sad but important part of US History.

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Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a beautiful tribute to the Japanese-Americans who had such a tough time in the U.S. during WWII. There is a dramatic statue of two cranes trying to break free of barbed wire. There are quotations from famous Japanese-Americans. This is an outdoors memorial. No entry fee, and it's always open. The day we went, almost no one was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

I am glad I found this memorial and was able to spend some time immersed in the knowledge that America (we) do terrible things time after time. It is a perfect place to think.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We visited this as part of the ride and roll tour otherwise we wouldn't have known about it. Matt explained the monument with rocks in the beautiful pool representing the five main islands of Japan. All round are the names if the interment camps and quotes (surprisingly free of rancour) from those who were so unjustly interned. It is very... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I was running out of time to see everything I wanted to see in DC, so I ended up going to this memorial at night. The area is pretty quiet and isolated and the memorial is a little tricky to find, so I'm not sure about safety at night, but my daughter and I had no problems. I'm glad I... More 

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mt pleasant, wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

As often as I have visited DC, this was the first time I had the time and energy to search for this memorial. It was well done with the cherry blossoms (not quite in bloom yet) and the names of each internment camp. The barbed wire crane sculpture well depicted this dark time in Japanese American history.

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This gentle memorial calls our attention to a mistake - a huge one - that happened during WW II. It's a beautiful place that's easy to move as you walk by. From the sidewalk, the major feature is the pool with several large walks. It's only when you take one of the two paths "into" the memorial that you learn... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We made a point to visit this memorial because my teenage son is writing a research paper on the Japanese American internment during WWII. The setting is tranquil and absolutely beautiful. The quotes on the walls are touching. The Japanese Crane monument is dramatic and moving. I highly recommend a visit to this monument.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

The maps of the Washington, DC area lists this site as a museum which it is not. It is an outdoor memorial. It gives a brief history of Americans of Japanese Ancestry in the United States, the formation of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team (the most decorated unit in the History of the US Army, MIS, the wrongful interment... More 

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Dumfries
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Stumbled across this park walking along Louisiana Avenue - I had heard about it but did not know exactly where it was. It's very well done, and tells the story of the contributions of Japanese Americans in combat during WWII, and the interment of Japanese Americans in 10 detention camps over five years, simply and powerfully. It's a reminder of... More 

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