In San Pedro there is a memorial that is abit outta the way from everything else,the only reason to be in the area is if you work there or doing abit of urbex site seeing (wink wink).I met up with explorer Bryan of Sobaire photography,after walking around for abit we came upon the memorial by chance.
Some of the boats looked abandoned
Furusato the lost Japanese Village a history of what terminal island looked like and why this memorial stands.(link to website at bottom of post)
Erected in 2002 by artist Henery Alvarez
Black Current off our shore
Fishes so plentiful
yet,hardships parents endured
and honor forever
our village no more
The detail is wonderful on the bronze statues
Up until ww2 the island was in full operation many worked and lived on the island,in Febuary 27th 1942 the military took many of the people away to internment camps places like "Manzanar" which is now a museum off highway 395 and still on my list of places to see,they have a museum and other points of interest.Once everyone was gone the land was bulldozed and nothing remained except fisheries of which some people returned to after being release after january 2nd 1945.
the culture and history of Furusato was lost until the terminal islanders club was established in 1971
Seeing this small memorial I didnt think much I new I should photograph it,after looking up the history of the island and how it relates to Manzanar this small memorial makes my future trip that more exciting to see.
Please have a look at this website below