Songs of Nihonmachi (2015)

A tribute to the thriving Japanese American community prior to the World War II internment, Songs of Nihonmachi is a site-specific performance work and interactive installation that provides hand built listening stations that play 78RPM records of the era. The project recognizes the tremendous sacrifices made by Japanese-American families during the internment years, highlighting the 78rpm records that many families were forced to give away or destroy prior to their forced incarceration. The listening stations are intended to facilitate healing, raise awareness of civil liberties, and tap into music’s uncanny ability to engage memory and emotion. 

For more information, or to inquire about commissioning a Songs of Nihonmachi listening station at your home or business:

Performance/Installation Dates:

The Panama Hotel
605 1/2 South Main St. 
Seattle, WA 98104
(permanent installation)

Installation opening: With jazz trio - Ivan Arteaga, Jeff Johnson, Paul Kikuchi
November 5, 2015
Presented by Earshot Jazz and the Panama Hotel

Community Listening Party
December 3, 2015
6PM – 8PM
Free and open to the public

*photos by Kurt Tokita and Paul Kikuchi