Community activities

Japanese Americans of the pre-World War II era, urban and rural dwellers alike, lived in tight-knit communities bound together by a wide variety of shared associations and institutions. In an era marked by pronounced anti-Asian racism, Japanese Americans in cities tended to live in segregated ghettoes. While discrimination was the reason for isolated Japanese American neighborhoods, the well-organized and tight-knit community provided a rich social and cultural foundation for the Japanese immigrants and their children.

Community activities (560)
Associations and organizations (152)
Kenjinkai (18)
Economic associations (28)
The Japanese American Citizens League (305)
Community and social service associations (56)
Student clubs (43)
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America (52)
Fujinkai (1)
Festivals, celebrations, and holidays (332)
Boys' Day (3)
Cherry blossom festivals (1)
Girls' Day (1)
Mochitsuki (10)
New Year festival (14)
Obon (165)
Portland Rose Festival (136)
Tanabata
Nihonmachi ("Japantowns") (95)
Weddings (106)
Recreational activities (406)
Sports (192)
Aikido
Badminton (1)
Baseball (67)
Basketball (44)
Bowling (56)
Boxing (2)
Cycling
Fishing (45)
Football (26)
Golf (5)
Hanetsuki
Judo (8)
Kendo (3)
Soccer (1)
Softball (5)
Sumo (6)
Swimming (9)
Tennis (7)
Weight lifting
Wrestling (5)
Karate
Go (1)
Mushroom picking (2)
Picnics (61)
Conventions and conferences (337)
Funerals (119)
Travel (14)

560 items
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 80 (October 31, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-67)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 80 (October 31, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-67)
"End Race Ban Now : Truman Committee" (p. 1), "Free Baby Clinic Opens Nov. 6" (p. 1).
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 58 (August 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-45)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 58 (August 15, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-45)
"Civic Unity Group Airs Dramas on Bias Issues Over KJR" (p. 1), "Asks For Bids on Hunt, Idaho, Buildings" (p. 1)
Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
img Japanese American women in Phoenix, Arizona (ddr-densho-242-28)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Japanese ladies in Phoenix, Arizona. No other details available. The year was probably 1931."
Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
img Group portrait of Japanese Americans in formal attire (ddr-densho-242-25)
Caption by Ike Hatchimonji: "Ninomiya photo - could be in Los Angeles. No data available."
img "Hood River Japanese community hall" (ddr-densho-259-349)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Hood River Japanese community hall."
Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
img Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
Caption in Japanese at bottom of photograph: "Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference." Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large print gathering of some Hood River Issei , together with a large number of out-of-town Issei women in front of the Hood River Community Hall."
Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
img Group of Issei women with reverend (ddr-densho-259-226)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mrs. Munemoto, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Iwatsuka, Mrs. Tanimoto, Mrs. Yamaki."
Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
img Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men in business suits, all of them wearing Japanese flag lapel pins There are strings of paper flags of many nations strung from the ceiling...I will guess that this was some sort of celebration of Japan's entry into World War I on the side of the Allies ...
Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
img Ten Issei men (ddr-densho-259-327)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "10 Issei men, all in western attire. Location not identified, but there is a handwritten date of 1907 at the top. Around then, Masuo [Yasui] was living in Portland at either the Japanese Methodist Mission or at the home of the Caucasian attorney, for whom he worked as a houseboy."
Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
img Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
Unidentified Issei on what appears to be a mountain. Possibly Mount Hood, Oregon.
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
img Group photograph of Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-34)
Group photograph of Japanese American women and children, including Shidzuyo, Min, and Ches Yasui. Date and location unknown, though it may be a photograph from a gathering of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and ...
Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
img Nisei children gathered in a living room (ddr-densho-259-193)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of the Yasui children, from Michi on down, together with the Shimbo children, in the living room of the latter. The Shimbos were family friends living in Walla Walla, WA, and we went to visit them one summer."
img "Hood River Nikkei community" (ddr-densho-259-141)
Hood River Nikkei community. Caption by Homer Yasui: " [This picture] was surely taken on the side of the little hill which was slightly to the east and north of the [Hood River] Japanese Community Hall The Hall was built around then, so this may have been a commemorative portrait."
img "Group of three Nisei girls" (ddr-densho-259-537)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of three Nisei girls Chieko [Takasumi], who was called 'Chikie' was a very popular Nisei girl in the Hood River Nikkei community."
Don
img Don "Moon" Kikuchi 1955-1956 (ddr-jamsj-1-215)
Don "Moon" Kikuchi was the Garden City Gardeners' Club President from 1955 to 1956.
Two Secretaries Scratching Heads (ddr-jamsj-1-185)
img Two Secretaries Scratching Heads (ddr-jamsj-1-185)
Seventh Annual Landscape Gardener's Convention held in Southern California.
Kanji Getting the Word- Geo, Tom, Martin (ddr-jamsj-1-137)
img Kanji Getting the Word- Geo, Tom, Martin (ddr-jamsj-1-137)
Seventh Annual Landscape Gardener's Convention held in Southern California.
Dancing (ddr-jamsj-1-504)
img Dancing (ddr-jamsj-1-504)
Dinner reception for the Ninth Annual California Landscape Gardeners Convention held at Cabana Hotel.
Audience at the reception (ddr-jamsj-1-500)
img Audience at the reception (ddr-jamsj-1-500)
Dinner reception for the Ninth Annual California Landscape Gardeners Convention held at Cabana Hotel.
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