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Author Shimoda, Brandon, author

Title The grave on the wall / Brandon Shimoda
Published San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (208 pages) : illustrations
Contents The period of summoning relatives -- Faces -- The night of the day my grandfather died -- Death Valley -- The house that no longer exists -- The camphor tree -- The woman in the well -- Great grandmothers -- People of the first year -- The first Japanese to be photographed -- The characters -- Daimonji -- Dreams -- Nagasaki -- The bathhouse -- Domanju -- Miyajima -- Shirakami -- August 6, 2011 -- Tohoku -- Margaret Ichino -- Monument Valley -- Fort Missoula -- Dreams -- New York City -- African burial ground -- Thunder Hill -- The inland sea -- The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Summary "Born on an island off the cost of Hiroshima around 1908, Midori Shimoda died in North Carolina in 1996, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for two decades. A photographer, he was incarcerated in a Department of Justice prison during WWII under suspicion of being a spy for Japan. From his birth to contract laborer/picture-bride parents to his immigration and prewar life in Seattle's Nihonmachi, to wartime incarceration and postwar resettlement in New York City, his is a story of a man and a family vying for the American dream earnestly, but not without some bitterness. Poet Brandon Shimoda has crafted a lyrical-collage portrait of a grandfather he barely knew, and a moving meditation on memory and forgetting. The book begins with Midori's first memory (washing the feet of his own grandfather's corpse) and ends with the author's last memory of him. In between are vignettes of camellia blossoms, picture brides, suicidal monks, ancestral fires, great-grandmothers, bathhouses, atomic bomb survivors, paintings, photographs, burial mounds, golden pavilions, and dementia. In a series of pilgrimages he makes, from his own home in the Arizona desert to the family's ancestral village in Japan, to a Montana museum of WWII detention where he discovers a previously unknown photographic portrait of his grandfather, Shimoda records the search to find his grandfather--and therefore himself"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 26, 2019)
Subject Shimoda, Midori, 1911-1996
Shimoda, Brandon -- Family
Japanese Americans -- Biography
Japanese American photographers -- Biography
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography
Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
Grandparent and child.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / General
Grandparent and child
Japanese American photographers
Japanese Americans
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019020566
ISBN 9780872867932