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Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: Manzanar

selfie . . .

I was dismantling a photo exhibit and had been sticking the caption labels on my shirt . . . 


day of the hump . . .


went out to MNHS . . . MANZ . . . to check out the damage caused by the recent flood . . . not as bad as I expected.

While there I decided to test the PuddingCam app . . . up to this point in time I hadn’t been using the app very much . . . but as I’ve been finding out over the passed few days there are a lot of “film” and camera options . . . I had updated the app without checking the changes.

Here are some images from the Mess Hall (45mm/f3.2) building using the PuddingCam app with the noir “film”, and the Snap and Panorama (37mm/f16.9) camera settings . . . The Panorama cam setting gives a great depth of field . . . you can actually see a lot of definition from 3-4 feet to infinity.



I did a bit of cropping and exposure adjustment with PhotoForge 2, that’s it.



Manzanar . . . the song


Well, looks like the Manzanar internment “experience” has hit Kickstarter . . . nothing against people telling their story . . . BUT . . . keep it real.

Yeh, people lost a lot . . . if not everything when they were interned, but they persevered . . .

What bothers me is the fact that the War Relocation Authority HAD to remove the buildings from the site is overlooked . . . the land lease agreement between the WRA and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power stipulated that the structures were to be removed when the camp was closed, they weren’t removed out of “shame” as stated in a comment by a Kickstarter project backer:

I live 1.5 hours away from Manzanar, and when my family an I went to visit the camp we where (sic) struck by how little was left there… Like the government had stripped everything away in shame.

The barracks and mess halls were sold to returning military personnel and private citizens, and were “relocated” to towns in Owens Valley and farms in the San Joaquin Valley. Some structures were reassembled in different configurations using the lumber of dismantled barracks.

I sat on the Manzanar Advisory Commission for 8 years and participated in many of the meetings conducted by the National Park Service regarding the development of Manzanar National Historic Site (MNHS) in addition to conducting guided interpretive walking tours of the site for 3 years BEFORE there were NPS interpretive personnel on-site.

p.s. I was on-site with NPS Superintendent Ross Hopkins (retired) when the faux stumps were retuned to their original location(s) next to the Military Police sentry building – they had been at a residence driveway in the nearby town of Independence. See the above photo.

Oh, FYI . . . my name (Richard Stewart) is on the plaque on the west side of the Auditorium (Interpretive Center) with the other Manzanar Advisory Commission members.

wabi sabi mofo . . .

. . . drove out to Manzanar (MNHS) this a.m. looking for justice . . .
personal solitude . . .


found out that the Nikon Coolpix suffered some internal injuries when it slid off the top of a garbage bin and fell about 4 feet onto some concrete pavers . . . broke the latch that secured the batteries and SD card but I fixed that with some duct tape, however the magic lens cap doesn’t retract 100% and the focus is a bit off on occasion as well. WTF !! . . . if I fell on my head my vision would be screwed up too.

So what . . .

Well the NPS is always sanitizing something . . . the cemetery monument has been painted and all the coins etc have been removed . . . and the pear orchards are so F-U-C-K-I-N-G CLEAN !!!


But they can’t mess with everything . . .


Like I said . . . I was looking for solitude, just me and the wind . . . the occasional NPS employee in a vehicle . . . on a backhoe.


Photos shot with the Nikon Coolpix and the iPod Touch 4G

remember . . .


. . . on this November day, remember . . . the Constitution of the United States is just a piece of paper with words on it . . . and unless YOU give those words meaning, they don’t mean shit !!!

Manzanar War Relocation Center (Manzanar National Historic Site)

The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, aka the Snyder Act:

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and house of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all non citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.



. . . “ringo” is Japanese for apple “en” is garden . . . so . . . apple garden literally . . .


Some photos of a mural fragment at the Eastern California Museum.


. . . the intact mural was originally located in one of the mess halls at the Manzanar War Relocation Center . . . 1942 – 1945.



The section of the mural on display was recovered from a mining camp structure some years after the War Relocation Center closed.

It’s almost Friday . . . AGAIN!!!

Yesterday and TODAY and tomorrow . . .

Was out on the northeast shore of Owens Lake with my iPod Touch and the Nikon Coolpix – I forgot that the biting flies are out this time of year. I was mobbed by deer flies!! HOLY CRAP!! Flies to the left of me, flies to the right . . . But I persevered and deer fly carcasses were strewn about roadside. There was blood smeared on my left arm and hand where two of the bloodsuckers had managed to gain access, and were smashed by concussive pressure applied when their presence was detected . . .

After the close quarter combat, I noticed the disk . . . there’s some noticeable damage to the structure, a large crack . . .


. . . the unidentified object will reappear after further investigation . . .

The guy in the purple tights was checking some wreckage . . .


. . . looking for love!


Two ladies in a strange land . . .


Definitely used to the desert . . .


. . . you can tell by their garments.


Tango Delta 21 and his partner TD 11 checking for potential danger near a site known as the Morgue on the western perimeter of MANZ . . .


The shiny metallic object near the cave opening suggested possible occupancy by an alien life-force . . .


Recon can be dangerous . . .


. . . a close-up of TD-21’s armor showing wear and-tear from numerous forays in the desert.


In Canyon 34, yesterday.


Insertion, Sector 15, looking for the stone lighthouse . . .


Sky is clear, and . . .


Small photos taken with the iPod Touch, large images are from the Coolpix . . .

Heyday . . .

Heyday . . .

I got this letter from Heyday publishing over in Berkeley CA, asking for permission to reprint “Pear Orchard” from “The Dirt is Red Here” . . . can’t refuse, a poeta needs to get the word out, neh? Well, the poem will be in a tome to be published in 2012, titled “Califlora: A Literary Field Guide”, WAIT just a freaking minute, isn’t the apocalypse due in 2012?? WTF!! Oh well . . . the pear orchards I wrote about lived through some hard times, so I seriously doubt the doomsayers know what be happening, least of all the end if the world or something like that . . . we made it into the new millennium didn’t we, I mean, WTF? . . . technology has only improved.

Oh yeh, my poem . . . I wrote 36 pieces in 1997, based on my travels through
Manzanar War Relocation Center, as an interpretive tour guide, BEFORE the National Park Service interpretive rangers had settled their asses into the confines of their air-conditioned cubicles. Like I said, the pear trees been through a lot, and between me and the crows, the termites, drought and no pruning for 50 years, I ain’t worried about the end of the world . . . The pear trees will be here long after I’m gone . . .

JUNE 24th

June pin-up . . . June Wilkinson . . . yeh, I know the month’s almost over, and it’s just about Friday, but . . .


Well the iPhone is alive and well . . . and android? . . . well it/they have a nice mascot/toy . . . to hang on your new iPhone . . .

Traded the Rival “rice cooker” that I got for father’s day for an Oster (which I had before . . . before I dumped water into it without the interior cooking pot inside) my new rice machine also has a steam tray . . . and makes PERFECT rice just like the old one did.

Oster Deluxe Multi-Use Rice Cooker, Model 4715


On another subject . . . looks as though publication of 36 Views of Manzanar will become a reality in the near future, thanks to Amazon’s self-publishing branch . . . got to decide how to illustrate the content so it’s a bit more than just text . . . probably will use an old aerial photo of the site as an introduction . . . Photoshop it a bit, you know, like sketch in the Tour” route and “map tack” the various locations . . . maybe some inscriptions and a garden or two – I have beaucoup photos that can be used if necessary.

Aerial view of Manzanar War Relocation Center . . .


Couple of cardboard reliefs for making relief prints – not proofed yet . . .


Cardboard relief above is “positive” image (fence and gate) and the image below is the “negative” or background “block” . . .


I also have the tour road brochure I designed for MNHS to use as a reference.

Photographed a “snow” lantern and a “lighthouse” or stone beacon out in Block 15 a few days ago (posted some fotos couple of days ago) . . . I might include one or two snaps . . . maybe in a photo appendix.

. . . first time I’ve seen prayer flags at the Manzanar cemetery . . .


An unusual fabric “offering” . . .


I should include some pics of artifacts, like marbles and broken ceramics (cups and plates, etc,).

Six poems from the unpublished manuscript 36 Views of Manzanar are included in the book “The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry for Native California” . . . “Dog Policy“, “B Street“, “Pear Orchard“, “Kami“, “Pilgrimage“, and “No Thought“.

No Thought – – – “. . . near the old bamboo . . . there is one stone that fits my ass just so . . .

The Dirt is Red Here” was edited by Margaret Dubin and published by Heyday Books in Berzerkley, CA.

. . . so here it is a few hours later and I’ve been docked at the electronic couch for about 6 hours . . . looking up post related stuff, eating “lunch” at 1430 (chicken breast sauteed in olive oil (X-tra virgin of course) with green onions and garlic and pita bread – ate it without the aid of domestic table service (used my fingers) . . . chased tha main course with a “citrus salad” cup . . .

Reading Nubby’s “Link Love” (must be Thursday) . . . and had a look at galadarling.com and saw that she still uses the “hipster PDA” on occasion. I carry one in the “hip” pocket of my Levis 501’s . . . yeh, and I still have my old Compaq Aero PDA hidden under some papers somewhere . . . remember the PDA’s, forerunners of the “smartphone” . . . ??


. . . when not in an extreme “mobile” situation (driving), I use the trusty iPod Touch cos I can blog from it and send e-mail . . . otherwise I rely on my hPDA to scribble stream-of-consciousness reamblings and “stroke-of-genius” brilliance . . . “stroke-of-genius” and “brilliance” . . . uh, is that redundant?? No matter . . .

Sent from my iPod to my e-mail and copied to the blog . . . oh technology . . .

Thursday at Manzanar

MANZANAR 2010.17.06

Went out to Manzanar National Historic Site (MNHS) today . . . an unscheduled search for information . . . What did I find? Barrack replicas under construction . . .


. . . exterior doorway in progress . . .


. . . interior shot . . . I’m submitting my application for one of these apartments . . N-I-C-E !!


Headed out to “Merritt” Park to meet-up with the rangers and . . .
Looking SE at “Merritt” Park . . . met-up with NPS personnel and Nishi-san . . .


Mr. Nishi . . . and his wifu . . . they were at MNHS to look over the location of a planned reconstruction of one of the bridges in Rose Park (“Merritt” Park). The Nishi family is going to fund the reconstruction of the bridge near the old “turtle” at the firebreak garden site. I use quotation marks with the word Merritt because the park or garden site was originally called Rose Park . . . wasn’t til later that the site was named “Merritt” Park for Ralph Merritt who was the director of Manzanar War Relocation Center.

Checking the structural integrity of Jeff’s bridge . . .


“The Turtle” . . . the stone turtle is visible in Ansel Adams’ “Merritt Park” photo taken in 1943 – the turtle was uncovered during the recent excavation of the water course in “Merritt” Park.


Saw my friend Jeff Burton (archaeologist) and Potashin (partner in crime) . . . seems I had stumbled into an NPS planning session . . . so I began snapping photos of the site, people, etc. . . .

Some pics of “Merritt” Park . . . Cantilever stone bridge . . .


MNHS Superintendent Les Inufuku checking for trolls . . .


Potashin and Nishi-san telling Les that it’s just Barry under the bridge . . .


A bit later I went to Block 15 (drove the “wrong” way on the one-way tour road) and walked over to where the excavation of another buried pond and some stone features was in progress.

Looking SE toward the Block 15 pond site,


. . . tools of the “trade” . . .


There is a small pond that has been dug out and two stone “lanterns” were recovered from the pond area and returned to their original locations at or near the edge of pond.

Historic photo used for reference during excavation and reconstruction of pond and stone architectural features (lanterns, walkways, etc.).


Overview looking NE showing both ishidoroyukimi on the right and a misaki type near the left margin of the photo.


Earlier, while I was at Rose Park, Mrs. Nishi had commented on the three-legged stone lantern in Block 15, saying that it might be “yukimi” or stone snow lantern. I did a bit of research after I got back to the electronic couch and found some interesting information about the stone lantern artifacts that I had photographed in Block 15 at MNHS.

Ishidoro 石灯籠 or 石燈篭 (stone lanterns) are traditionally used to light temple, shrine and tea garden areas. Ishidoro were introduced to Japan via Korea and China in the Asuka Period (6th century AD)

The Yukimi or “Snow Viewing Lantern” is a style created especially for Japanese Gardens. Developed in the Ashikaga Period (16th century), all Yukimi lanterns have the same general form. They consist of a large roof, a light compartment and a base with three or four legs.

They can be rustic, made simply of suitably shaped stones, “or carved with an ornate lattice work light compartment, elegantly formed roof and supporting legs. A deep layer of snow can settle on the large overhanging roof adding to the charm of these lanterns.

Block 15 yukimi with Mt. Williamson in the background . . . reminds me of Jomon anthropomorphic ceramic figure . . .


Yukimi lanterns are very popular used near water elements and the roofs are found both in hexagon and round in shape.”

The Yukimi lantern in Block 15 is approximately 1 meter in height and stylistically “rustic”, made from unfinished metamorphic stones similar to those found in the nearby Inyo Mountains. The “roof” of the lantern seems to be missing a portion of its west side.


The smaller “lantern” is a Misaki lantern replica – it doesn’t have a hollow place for a light, but conceptually and aesthetically it “is” a Misaki lantern and its reflection was probably visible on the surface of the water in the small pond.


Its (the Misaki lantern) simple form is another design made particularly for garden use. The simplicity of form and workmanship is an important aspect of aesthetics of Japanese gardens. Used in this location, the lantern acts as a beacon shining its light across the lake.” The Block 15 Misaki lantern is constructed of granitic stones held together with concrete mortar.


More information can be found at this Hakone website.

. . . uh . . . WTF . . . ??


Went up to the cemetery to pay my respects . . . clapping of the hands (twice) with solemn serious thoughts about what I had seen today and when I was leading tours at the site . . .

Paper cranes and braided cloth offerings . . .


. . . prayer flags, first time I’ve seen these here . . .