81 Japanese American WWII veterans 184 pages 12" x 12" hardcover book

We are currently in the photographic stage of the second book. We are also actively promoting the current book with book signings and speeches in different locations. Please follow us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter  to keep up with our next event.

If you feel this project for the next generation is as important as I do , please consider a donation to “ The Go Fo Broke Spirit” These donations will help us finish the book faster by hiring the right people for each job… such as writing, printing, and producing.  it will also enable us to promote the book by traveling to locations to do book signings, and promote public forums to help spread the word about the Nisei.

All donations are appreciated, and if you donate $100 or more (which includes a signed copy of the book), your name / family name will be listed in the next book! Your kind donations can be made below.




My name is Shane Sato, a photographer for the past 30 years based in Los Angeles. I’ve been shooting portraits of Japanese American WWII Nisei veterans since 2000, starting with my The Go For Broke series, which was shot in black and white, and had the veterans posing in their club shirts. I wanted to do another series to continue photographing more veterans, so I thought I would shoot in color. I shot a few test portraits of veterans wearing their personal clothing. People thought that these were just photos of older Asians and/or seniors, and they could not make the link to their service as soldiers. Around 2007, I decided to use uniforms to help the public “see into the past.” There was a dramatic change in the response. Now people could equate these men, in the twilight of their lives, to the vets who fought in WWII. Having shot over 120 portraits since 2000, I am now working together with Robert Horsting, an oral historian, to create the coffee table book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage. By combining these portraits with personal photos and a short story of moments in each veteran's life, we're providing a "Then and Now" experience. This project is intended to be photo driven rather than a history book.

So far I've only been able to photograph along the West Coast and Hawaii and produced this first The Go For Broke Spirit book with my own funds. But with your help I can secure travel to the Midwest and East Coast to continue documenting these brave men and their stories to produce the second book, including some of the portraits that we were unable to include in the first book. This second book will complete my two book series.

Many people have asked why I waited so long? A lot of times these men were not open to being photographed, but as the years went on, they realized the importance of preserving their history, which might otherwise be lost. In recent years I've been getting more response from many of these men.

This book project was funded personally and it entailed more hardships and costs than I originally expected, but I want to keep the price reasonable to the public so everyone can enjoy it. Please consider pledging more than the book's cost to not just offset the additional expense, but so I can finish the second book.

Please help me preserve the images and stories of these heroic men who fought for our country while their own families were incarcerated in camps. This is not just Japanese American history, it is American history.






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Meet photographer Shane Sato on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a book signing and talk story at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii. His book, The Go For Broke Spirit: Portraits of Courage, is a heartfelt collection of photographs of the Japanese American Nisei who served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. The book took over 15 years to complete and the pictures and stories bring out the emotion and turmoil of 81 Nisei veterans who fought for their country when their families were imprisoned. Sato’s artistry highlights the personality in what are usually considered stoic subjects. Don’t miss this chance to pick up your copy of The Go For Broke Spirit at the Gift Shop and get it autographed at this event.