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National Japanese American Memorial

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Address: Intersection of New Jersey Ave, Louisiana Ave, and D Street NW, Washington DC, DC
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It's sad that this memorial was only built in 2002, 57 years after the end of WWII. It's terrible that most americans these days are unaware that the americans of japanese... read more

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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's sad that this memorial was only built in 2002, 57 years after the end of WWII. It's terrible that most americans these days are unaware that the americans of japanese heritage were put into concentration camps during the war, and it's devastating that people these days would even consider repeating history and doing it to other groups of people,... More 

Thank mangosong
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In case anyone forgets, here stands a memorial to Japanese Americans' internment during World War II. Names of the camps are etched in stone surrounding the Memorial, which right now is totally stunning and fittingly surrounded by blooming cherry trees. Very moving. An important historical reminder.

Thank PlatinumHoney
Mandan, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We actually didn't intend to stop at this memorial but were walking by on our way to Unioj Station so decided to walk through it. It tells the story of a prettY dark time in US history and it seems to be a pretty honest depiction of what happened to Japanese citizens living in this country during WWII. The quotes... More 

Thank missyh606
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Don't fail to visit this memorial, across the street from the mall, especially if, like me, you never learned about the Japanese Internment in school. A sculpture of two cranes escaping from barbed wire is surrounded by the names and populations of the internment camps. Japanese American service in WWII is also memorialized, with quotes from prominent Japanese Americans who... More 

Thank Gabrielle L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

The official name for this site should be "The Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II". The Japanese American Memorial is located with in walking distance from the Capitol and Union Station. Visitors who come to visit this area should add the memorial on the agenda. It is a very nice simple design reflection of Japanese culture with... More 

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This was beautiful sight and Memorial. We all know how great and beautiful the Lincoln, Washington, and WW2 memorial are, but this one is great too. A little isolated closer to the capital. It is a great site! Highly recommended if your near union station or the capital!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

I visited this memorial during Cherry Blossom. It's such calm cozy place. The memorial bell (by Paul Matisse) doesn't work though. Wished could hear its sound.

Thank Ashkan-Ashkan
Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

I passed this on the way to the Capitol. Such a tranquil and beautiful spot. Worth a stop if you are in the area.

Thank JenniAnderson77
Apple Valley, California
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

I stumbled on this memorial several years ago, and like to spend a few minutes there whenever I'm in Washington. I took a friend of mine there (her mother is Japanese), she lives in DC and didn't know it was there. It's easy to walk right past. It's a very solemn site, well done. It's a good reminder that sometimes... More 

Thank Kenneth D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Nicely built, subdued in a way, this place is very tranquil and conducive to meditation. It is truly a hidden treasure that should be on everybody's map, while visiting DC. It's also difficult to miss for anyone who from the Capitol, wanted to reach either the museums or the White House... I A good opportunity to learn to recognize one's... More 

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