After the United States declared war on Japan in 1941, 13,000 people of Japanese descent were imprisoned at the Minidoka Relocation Center in southern Idaho.

While this tragic story is familiar to most who have studied American history, few know that decades prior, hundreds of Japanese settled in Eastern Idaho to farm. At its height, this community of nearly 1,000 people were spread out between St. Anthony and Pocatello.

Harry Hosoda pictured with his wife, Haruto, on their wedding day. Harry immigrated from Japan to the U.S. at 14. He ran a cafe in St. Anthony until World War II.

Harry Hosoda pictured with his wife, Haruto, on their wedding day. Harry immigrated from Japan to the U.S. at 14. He ran a cafe in St. Anthony until World War II. Photo credit: Courtesy of Tiffani Robison

There are no memorials and no museums. These are their stories.

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