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What do you know about the history of the Japanese in California?

Every Sunday, for over 100 years, this Japanese throaty mantra has resonated. It emanates from the heart of San Jose, not far from San Francisco in Northern California … A Buddhist temple on American soil!

Open on the Pacific, the San Francisco Bay has been the gateway since the 19th century for all those who came from Asia and dreamed of America. Between the end of the 19th century and the 1930s, nearly 300,000 Japanese embarked on this long journey. Many settled in California where they served as laborers in the fields and for railroad construction …

Alexis and Virginie, who are we? We are two film directors based in San Francisco with a common passion: telling stories! We produce documentaries for French TV channels and films for the companies of the bay with our company Backbone Production.

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