A home movie shot by Frank Miyamoto depicting life with family and friends on Hampden Court in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood in the early 1950s. Features scenes of Christmases, picnics, rollerskating, fishing, and birthday parties.
Six Japanese American families built community on Hampden Court, in an apartment building owned by a Japanese American couple. Frank Miyamoto lived there with his mother Yoshie from 1952 to late 1953. His sister Anna Marie Nakamura and her husband Mark moved into the building in 1946, and lived on the floor above Frank and Yoshie with their children Gail, Claire, and Guy.
As described in Never-ending...the Friendships of Hampden Court: The Story of Six Japanese American Families in Chicago After World War II
(written by some of the children who appear in this film), "[Hampden Court] became a happy, safe, secure place for multi-generation families and single people, important after the trauma of World War II and internment." Watch an interview about growing up Japanese American in Hampden Court with the book's authors (Gail Nakamura Radzevich, Karen Hanamoto Yamasaki, Patsy Shintani Cohen, Donna Kurita Tewart, Janet Turuda Clecenstine, and Sandi Morimoto) here
. Copies of their book are available at the Chicago History Museum, JASC Legacy Center, Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco.