“Ebb and Flow” Comes to Harbor History Museum

The documentary tells the story of one Japanese-American family and their impact on Pacific Northwest history.

On Saturday April 8 at 5 p.m., Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor will screen the movie Ebb and Flow as part of its Heritage Film Series in partnership with Leaping Frog Films.

The film is centered around 93-year-old Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita who tells the history of his family to his son, Patrick, while they sit on their tidelands.

Archival footage and Jerry’s memories tell the story of how Jerry’s father, Masahide, immigrated to America in 1900. The family endures many hardships and struggles throughout several generations, yet thrives due to entrepreneurial spirit and a strong focus on family. Their story is inspirational and also demonstrates the value of immigrant contributions.

The Yamashitas are recognized today for having saved the Pacific Northwest shellfish farming industry from total collapse with just one Japanese oyster in the 1930s. This oyster is now considered one of the best by top chefs and is the basis for the largest shellfish industry in the U.S. The Yamashitas are now known as shellfish icons in their community and still own their historic tidelands in Purdy.

The event will also include an oyster bar and the film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Shelly Solomon. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for nonmembers, and all proceeds will benefit future projects by Leaping Frog Films.

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