Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - Shepherd Creek
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Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar

Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - Shepherd Creek
Sets Tomita, 77, fishes for trout in Shepherd Creek near the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Tomita, along with other former internees, went fishing after visiting the site where they had sneaked past guard towers to fish for rainbow trout decades ago. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - Archie Miyatake
Archie Miyatake, 84, looks to the Sierra Mountains as he recalls how he and fellow internees sneaked past guard towers to fish for rainbow trout while confined at the Manzanar War Relocation Center near Lone Pine. He was 16 when he and his family arrived there from Los Angeles. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - tower
A replica guard tower stands at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. The Manzanar National Historic Site is gearing up for Saturday’s 40th pilgrimage, an annual commemoration of what Japanese Americans endured during World War II. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - Heihachi Ishikawa
Internee Heihachi Ishikawa is seen displaying golden trout in a 1942 photo. Ishikawa, who was 53 when he arrived at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, may have been the most ambitious known angler in Manzanar’s history. (Toyo Miyatake)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - fishing rod
Jiro Matsuyama holds the fishing rod and reel that he purchased from Sears and kept under the seat of his car while serving as manager of the Manzanar War Relocation Center off-site reservoir during World War II internment. With the freedom to drive off the site, “I always carried a fishing pole ... whenever I saw a fish I’d run to the car, grab my pole, and run into the bushes.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - Jiro Matsuyama
Jim Matsuyama examines his father’s World War II-era fishing rod and reel. Jiro Matsuyama was manager of the Manzanar detention camp’s off-site reservoir and thus had a car and freedom to come and go, which enabled him to catch fish when the opportunity arose. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - reservoir
Archie Miyatake, 84, takes photographs of the Manzanar War Relocation Center’s off-site reservoir. Miyatake’s father, Toyo, was a photographer and set up a studio while the family was interned at the facility. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Japanese Americans recall fishing at Manzanar - name carved
Jiro Matsuyama shows his son and former fellow internees where he had carved his name into cement in 1943 at the Manzanar War Relocation Center’s off-site reservoir. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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