Friday, October 30, 2015

A Pilgrimage to WW2 Japanese-American Internment Camps

Two months after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast were forcibly removed from their homes and imprisoned in ten concentration camps located in remote and desolate parts of the country.

Seventy years after the last camp closed, Notch and Margaret Miyake travelled to all of them to honor the sacrifices of the internees and to learn from their experience. They have produced an exhibit documenting their journey and raising issues that are increasingly relevant as the nation struggles to respond to terrorism and illegal immigration:

Photographs by Margaret Miyake
Kinetic Gallery, MacVittie College Union, SUNY Geneseo
November 4, 2015 - December 9, 2015

Opening Reception and Talk by Notch Miyake
4:00 pm, November 4, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

2016 calendar - ABCs at the Public Market

The Public Market in Rochester, New York, is filled with produce and products ranging from A to Z and back again.

See if you can identify the bounty that is for sale at the market, starting with apples to zinnias and back again.

Unfortunately the calendar space limits many of the items available at the market. Not shown, but available are bananas; grass-fed beef and pork; a huge variety of toys; incense; raviolis; yummy breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked bread, freshly roasted coffee beans,fresh flower bouquets;  clothing ranging from dresses, jackets, gloves, mittens, socks; spices;

As Nancy Rosin wrote, “There are always bargains to be found and some things that are not for sale – a sense of community and human connectedness,” in The Hands That Feed  Us: 100 Years at the Rochester Public Market.

This preview of the calendar features the cover,January and last page. Each month there is a seasonal photo used for the background against which seasonal produce/products are shown, starting with A through Z and then back again.  The products are usually available in the month shown

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ice Cream for Breakfast - ICFB, February 2015

Ice Cream for Breakfast is an international holiday first celebrated in Rochester, New York. In the early 1970s Florence Rappaport started the holiday as a way to shake up the winter doldrums by serving her children ice cream for breakfast. But they could have this special treat only once a year. Now her six children are all grown with children and grandchildren of their own

The holiday has spread world-wide from Rochester to Hong Kong. Here at the Rochester Public Market, PJ Cosmano of Cosimano e Ferrari was serving ice cream topped with sea salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar. It was yummy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

10,000 Miles

We drove ten thousand miles to see ten sites where more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned in forsaken areas in the United States more than seventy years ago during World War II.
  • When? During summer when our traveling companions were heat, dust, and wind - conditions under which the internees suffered for more than three years of confinement.
  • Why? To see how, seventy years later, this violation of constitutional civil rights has been  acknowledged and memorialized. As former US Senator Daniel Inouye said, "I hope that the mistakes made and suffering imposed upon Japanese Americans nearly 70 years ago will not be repeated against Arab-Americans whose loyalties are now being questioned."
  • What? We saw monuments erected by former internees honoring soldiers of Japanese Ancestry who fought their country even though their families were incarcerated.
  • Where? Desolate, "out of sight" areas like swamp land in Arkansas, high deserts in Wyoming, California, lava lands in Idaho, wasteland in Utah, Indian reservations in Arizona.

 Jerome, Arkansas


Rohwer, Arkansas




Amache, Oklahoma



Heart Mountain, Wyoming

Minidoka, Idaho


Topaz, Utah


Tule Lake, California


Manzanar, California





Poston, Arizona


Gila River, Arizona