WHY A VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all the annual pilgrimages to the Japanese American incarceration sites were canceled in 2020 and many in 2021. Recognizing that the pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities, we began work on “Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage” as a way to bring together both descendants of the camps and the general public. “Tadaima!” was hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website over the course of nine themed weeks.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE?
“Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage” is a collaborative undertaking, involving representatives from many different contingents of the Nikkei community along with scholars, artists, and educators committed to actively memorializing the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. “Tadaima!” means “I’m home!” in Japanese. “Tadaima!” is our way of expressing we are all home and acknowledging the important concepts centered around being home. “Tadaima!” also celebrates the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community.
Our goal for “Tadaima!” is to create accessible and wide-ranging opportunities for learning, sharing stories, and building community. “Tadaima!” is not a site-specific virtual tour. Rather, “Tadaima!” brings together many of the unique traditions from each site with new content. “Tadaima!” features online exhibits, workshops, performances, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, a community archive, and more.
Although we were disappointed not to have our in-person Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in 2020, we were excited to collaborate with Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and several other organizations to present the nine-week 2020 summer series of events Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage! (June 13 – August 16, 2020)