The Nichi Bei Foundation has led more than 2,000 people on five Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimages, reconnecting the community to our forgotten legacy at the former Immigration Station, where up to 85,000 persons of Japanese descent were detained between 1910 and 1940. Launched in 2014, the Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage reconnects participants to their family legacies with the help of partners such as the California Genealogical Society. Held in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the National Japanese American Historical Society, the pilgrimage also honors those who rediscovered the forgotten Immigration Station barracks in the 1970s, and those who took up the preservation efforts shortly thereafter.
2022 Angel Island Pilgrimage Highlights
See the full range of activities from the most recent Angel Island Pilgrimage in October 2022.
Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage in the Nichi Bei News
- Community honors Issei, dives into family histories, at 5th Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage
- Historic pilgrimage reconnects Japanese American community to Angel Island immigration station (Oct. 30, 2014)
- Preserving family histories for the future: Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage (Nov. 8, 2018)
- Pilgrimage sheds light on JA immigration history, honors those who preserved it (Oct. 15, 2015)
- FAMILY REUNION: Third annual Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage reunites families with legacies (Oct. 13, 2016)
- NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans on Angel Island
- NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: The Shigenaga brothers’ detention on Angel Island and the continent during WWII
- NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Nikkei family makes historic visit to see ancestor’s inscription on Angel Island
- Alexander Weiss, who discovered Angel Island carvings, dies