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Words, Writers, West Seattle With Barbara Johns @ Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Art historian Barbara Johns will discuss Takuichi Fujii, a Japanese artist who was incarcerated during WWII.

Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964) left Japan in 1906 to make his home in Seattle, where he established a business, started a family, and began his artistic practice. When war broke out between the United States and Japan, he and his family were incarcerated along with the more than 100,000 ethnic Japanese located on the West Coast. Sent to detention camps at Puyallup, Washington, and then Minidoka in Idaho, Fujii documented his daily experiences in words and art.

“The Hope of Another Spring” reveals the rare find of a large and heretofore unknown collection of art produced during World War II. The centerpiece of the collection is Fujii’s illustrated diary that historian Roger Daniels has called the most remarkable document created by a Japanese American prisoner during the wartime incarceration. Barbara Johns presents Takuichi Fujii’s life story and his artistic achievements within the social and political context of the time. Sandy Kita, the artist’s grandson, provides translations and an introduction to the diary.

Barbara Johns, Ph.D., is a Seattle-based art historian and curator. Her more recent works include: Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita, and The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness.

View in Catalog “The Hope of Another Spring” by Barbara Johns

This program is part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle author series which features writers connected to the Duwamish Peninsula. Programs are held monthly on the second Thursday evenings.

Presented in partnership with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

This event is at the Southwest branch library.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.