Walkers gathered at Central Fish Co., 1353 Kern St., and strolled 3 miles of Fresno downtown streets, and returned to Central Fish for a post-walk conversation – where walkers share their experiences with the group. This special route focused on the history and presence of Japanese culture in downtown Fresno.
Nikiko reads from a 1950’s document about the practice of ‘red lining’ areas not deemed investment worthy because many residents were minorities and people of color. Walkers strolled neighborhoods between Highway 99 and the train tracks that were red-lined neighborhoods. All but a handful of the scores of Japanese-owned businesses and gathering places are now shuttered.
Nikiko Masumoto and a team of amazing folks with the Yonsei Memory Project’s (YMP) Days of Remembrance joined the FMW walk on Saturday morning, February 17 to mindfully explore a downtown Fresno route that includes Japanese architecture, culture, businesses, artwork, and monuments.
Here’s a note from Nikiko: “I am very proud to share these events in February! Brynn Saito and I, along with a team of amazing folks like Patricia Wakida and Lori D Clanton, put together Yonsei Memory Project‘s Days of Remembrance! Arts in action! Memory as resistance! Gathering in healing!”
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