**Special Weekend opening on June 11 from 12 PM - 5 PM. **
The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, DC, is proud to present “Honoring the Go for Broke Spirit.” This exhibition explores the story of the Nisei, Japanese Americans, who fought for the US like the WWII 442nd Regimental Combat Team, through Shane Sato’s photography.
“Go for Broke” was the motto of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and is slang meaning risking everything for the big win.
Shane states, “I started this project because I felt it needed to be done, as I wanted to photograph these men and share the stories that must be remembered for the next generation. The Nisei almost universally never talked about their war and camp experiences, so I felt it was necessary to share what they could not.” With this series, he wanted to be able to embrace their "Go For Broke Spirit" and show the emotions they may have not been able to fully express themselves.”
The story of the WWII Nisei is inspiring… and each portrait is accompanied by candid photos and a short story—usually a personal one, whenever possible. Without writing a history book, Sato “talks story” to share the lives of the Nisei with future generations so that their accomplishments and history are not forgotten. “The Go For Broke Spirit” is not just a glimpse into Japanese American history, but a triumphant story of American history.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from June 9 through July 22 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.