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Exhibits & Panels


Located in the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple’s multipurpose room, the Exhibit hall will offer Japanese and Japanese American history, crafts, and artwork. 


Immerse yourself in Japanese American culture and the Japanese American history of Salt Lake City and Utah! 

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Images (All rights reserved):

  1. James and Dan Hirano. Courtesy of Dan Hirano.

  2. Evacuation notice in San Francisco. Dorothea Lange. NARA #536017.

  3. Yae Yedlosky, Grace Mori Saito Tom, Setsuko Asano Ogami, and Kaz Oyamada Iwahashi. Courtesy of Kaz Iwahashi.

  4. Amy and Jeanie Takagi. Courtesy of Jeanie Kashima.

  5. Norm and Pat Hayashi. Courtesy of Norm Hayashi.

  6. Tomiko and Shigeru Sasaki. Courtesy of the Sasaki family.

Topaz Stories:

The Nihonmatsuri committee is thrilled that 16 panels from the Topaz Stories Project will be displayed as an exhibit at this year’s festival. “Topaz Stories Project is a collection of more than 70 narratives by Topaz survivors and their descendants.” (Sasaki, Ruth. “About - Topaz Stories.” Topaz Stories. The stories are accompanied by artwork and images. The Topaz Stories Project was exhibited at the Utah State Capitol from January 18, 2022 to the end of the year. This exhibit highlights uniqe and diverse narratives from life in the Topaz Incarceration site during World War II.


Salt Lake City Japantown Before. Collaboration w/Marriott Library Special Collections:

This exhibit is a collaboration between the 2023 Nihonmatsuri Festival and the Marriott Library Special Collections department. This exhibit will present photos from Salt Lake City’s thriving Japantown from 1900 up to when demolition started to make way for the Salt Palace convention center. Come see the businesses, faces, events, and churches that made up a once thriving Japantown of which Japantown Street is all that remains.


Ikebana by Theresa Sueoka:

Theresa has displayed her beautiful ikebana arrangements at past Nihonmatsuri festivals and we are so excited to have her back this year. Come observe the Japanese art of flower arrangements.



More Information Coming Soon

Local Art Gallery:

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