japanese history

It’s a small, triangular patch of ground behind a wrought iron fence off of Pleasant Valley Road, in Oxnard.

Tens of thousands of people pass by it daily, not realizing they are literally within feet of Ventura County’s history. It’s a more than century old Japanese cemetery, the final resting place for 200 people who were mostly immigrants in the late 1800’s, and early 1900’s.

But, the community is reeling after learning that this sacred spot was desecrated by a man believed to be under the influence of alcohol, or drugs who knocked down a number of grave markers, and tombstones.