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Children’s Courtyard Gifts

The Children’s Courtyard is a permanent installation of individual names of children 21 years and younger. Names are inscribed on stone pavers (one name per line in columns) in the Children’s Courtyard at the entrance to the Museum Pavilion. Placement of each name is determined by the date received.

For a donation of $250 per name, you can create a life-long relationship between a young person and the National Museum’s mission to preserve and share Japanese American history. Your donation will enable the National Museum to fulfill its mission to preserve and tell the story of Japanese Americans as an integral part of American history for current and future generations. Every summer, the National Museum invites all Courtyard Kids and their families to attend the Courtyard Kids Festival featuring educational activities and games for children of all ages.

To view submission guidelines, or to submit your contribution, please click on the link to the right to visit the Children’s Courtyard Guidelines for Inscription page.

For the past ten years our mascot for the Children’s Courtyard has been a frog. Why a frog? Because the word for frog in Japanese is kaeru. But kaeru also means “to return” in Japanese. And we want the children whose names are in the Courtyard to return to the Museum again and again because they are literally part of the Museum.

frog = kaeru = return !

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