Associations and organizations

The Issei (Japanese immigrants) established cultural, business, and religious organizations that supported ethnic enclaves. This early form of networking served more than social and economic interests -- it became a substitute for the extended-family and village systems left behind in Japan. Christian and Buddhist neighborhood churches, Japanese language schools, and sports leagues allowed the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) to participate in organized social activities as well as form peer networks.

Associations and organizations (158)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Japanese associations, Manzanar Committee, National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, National Council for Japanese American Redress

158 items
Kokaido, Japanese American clubhouse (ddr-densho-28-12)
img Kokaido, Japanese American clubhouse (ddr-densho-28-12)
The Kokaido was built in 1932 and was a focal point for activities of the Japanese American community in Bellevue, Washington. This photograph was taken shortly after the mass removal in 1942.
Lotus group entertainment (ddr-densho-38-26)
img Lotus group entertainment (ddr-densho-38-26)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theatre in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church. Lotus was an association for young church members.
The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 71 (September 30, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-58)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 1 No. 71 (September 30, 1947) (ddr-densho-229-58)
"Two-Day Bussei Conclave Opens Here This Saturday" (p. 1), "American Aid Through LARA Called Vital Factor in Boosting Morale of Japanese" (p. 4).
Jares Club (ddr-densho-162-1)
img Jares Club (ddr-densho-162-1)
The Jares Club was a YWCA group for young girls.
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Balloon Darts (ddr-one-1-90)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Group of men watch an unidentified Issei throw a dart. Identified on the far left hand side is Walt Asakawa, sitting behind the dart thrower is Mr. Murahashi, standing on the far right ...
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-86)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-86)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). Prizes laid out in foreground surrounded by bingo players. Background has other games with players out front including: Penny Pitch, Balloon Darts, and Nickel Toss. Bingo players from left to right: Mieko Fujita ...
Lotus group picnic (ddr-densho-128-2)
img Lotus group picnic (ddr-densho-128-2)
Lotus group members, Hiroshi Miyahara (top) and Yozo Tsujimura, are enjoying a picnic at Hollywood Park. Lotus was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-30)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-30)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-132)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-132)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Lotus girls group (ddr-densho-128-96)
img Lotus girls group (ddr-densho-128-96)
These are the female members of Lotus, an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. Back row (L to R): Sumi Shiota, Marue Sao, Michiko Nishisaka, Mieko Hotta, Tamae Yagi, Toyoko Yamada. Middle row (L to R): Hatsumi Tachiyama, Bessie Sato, Molly Fukutani, Kiyo Ishikawa, Sumiko Tomita, Teru Hino. Front row (L to R ...
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-97)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-97)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-98)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-98)
The Lotus group was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. This photo was taken after a Lotus performance at Nippon Kan Theatre.
Two women (ddr-densho-136-26)
img Two women (ddr-densho-136-26)
Pearl Nishitani (left) was the first advisor of the Green Lake Seinenkai (Young People's Club).
Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
img Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-10)
This outing was organized by the Seinenkai, or Young People's Club. (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Lily Yasui, Ko Abe, Tadashi Kumagai.
Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-22)
img Group outing at Mt. Rainier (ddr-densho-136-22)
The Young People's Club, or Seinenkai, brought together people in their twenties from North Seattle for social, cultural, and recreational activities, such as this one to Mt. Rainier. (L to R): Kiyoshi Tada, Alice Funai, Tak Nakawatase, Lily Yasui, Ko Abe, Mich Shimomura, Tadashi Kumagai, Stamy Kumagai, Hiroshi Yahagi, Kaz Tada.
Japanese Red Cross (ddr-hmwf-1-64)
img Japanese Red Cross (ddr-hmwf-1-64)
"Japanese Red Cross shoyu Mess 29-30, March 26, 1944" as described on back, l4 f5.6 1/2 Plus x DK20-37 D76-8 and 2 50-55
Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 16, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-24)
doc Program for a Day of Remembrance event (February 16, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-24)
Day of Remembrance- Remembrance in Action: Continuing Our Fight For Civil Rights event program sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (February 16, 1991).
Draft letter by the NCRR (ddr-janm-4-16)
doc Draft letter by the NCRR (ddr-janm-4-16)
Four-paged draft letter by the NCRR. There is a place at the end for a signature but it is not signed.
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
doc NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) pamphlet (ddr-janm-4-8)
NCRR (National Coalation for Redress/Reparations) brief history and membership sign-up pamphlet.
Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
img Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
Caption: "Manzanar Keiro Kan (Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day) sponsored by YBA (Young Buddhist Association), September 26, 1943, Rev. Nagatomi and Mayeda in attendance."
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