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.

Community activities (601)
Associations and organizations (276)

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

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Young Buddhist League Convention Queen (ddr-one-1-25)
img Young Buddhist League Convention Queen (ddr-one-1-25)
Black and white photographic print of the Fourth Annual Northwest Young Buddhist League's Convection Queen: Mary (Nakata) Fujii of Portland, Oregon. She is dressed in a dark formal gown, wearing a jeweled tiara and velvet robe. The photograph was found in Frank Hirahara's memorabilia of his time in Portland.
Young Buddhist League Convention Court and Queen (ddr-one-1-26)
img Young Buddhist League Convention Court and Queen (ddr-one-1-26)
Black and white photographic print of the Fourth Annual Northwest Young Buddhist League's Convection Court and Queen. Left to Right: Mae (Okazaki) Sasaki of Tacoma, Washington; Margaret Tomoguchi of Seattle, Washington; Mary (Nakata) Fujii of Portland, Oregon (Queen); Sumi (Hashimoto) Kurokawa, and Takako Nitta of Spokane, Washington. This photograph was found in Frank Hirahara's memorabilia of ...
Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
img Indoor Carnival Fundraiser- Bingo (ddr-one-1-88)
Black and white photographic negative of an indoor carnival fundraiser possibly hosted by the Sorelles or Adelphons (Japanese American young women's groups). People sitting and playing bingo, watchers stand behind. Sitting left to right: Joe Namba, Nobi Saito, Henry "Wimpy" Kawata, George Kasahara, Terry Mishiro, Diane (Ando) Harder, and Minoru "Bob" Ando. Standing in front of ...
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.
Japanese Hall (ddr-densho-34-89)
img Japanese Hall (ddr-densho-34-89)
Members of the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, pose outside the Japanese Hall on Grow Avenue.
Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
img Berry Association Committee building (ddr-densho-34-64)
Mr. Geo T. Masukawa and his dog in front of the building where the Berry Association Committee met. The berry cannery would later occupy this site.
Lotus group entertainment (ddr-densho-38-25)
img Lotus group entertainment (ddr-densho-38-25)
This program was held in the basement of the Seattle Buddhist Church, which was located at 1020 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Seattle Buddhist Church is now known as the Seattle Buddhist Temple and is currently located at 1427 South Main Street. Lotus was an association for young church members.
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.
Father and children in front of car (ddr-densho-78-2)
img Father and children in front of car (ddr-densho-78-2)
Tom Matsuoka and two of his children stand in front of the Bellevue Vegetable Growers' Association building.
YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-11)
img YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-11)
These young women were temporarily released from Tule Lake concentration camp to attend the YWCA conference.
YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-10)
img YWCA conference attendees (ddr-densho-111-10)
L to R: Aya Miyazaki, Sada Murayama and Elaine Ishikawa Hayes. These young women were temporarily released from Tule Lake concentration camp to attend the YWCA conference.
YWCA conference (ddr-densho-111-9)
img YWCA conference (ddr-densho-111-9)
Group photo of Pocatello YWCA sponsors of conference. Elaine Ishikawa Hayes is in the front row, far right.
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