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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 (832)
Associations and organizations (289)

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

289 items
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.
Nikkeijinkai meeting (ddr-densho-113-41)
img Nikkeijinkai meeting (ddr-densho-113-41)
A meeting of the Seattle Japanese American Association, also known as Nikkeijinkai.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-99)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-99)
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 boys group (ddr-densho-128-136)
img Lotus boys group (ddr-densho-128-136)
This is the senior boys group of Lotus, an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church. Back row (L to R): Mr. M. Morishita, Mr. Ken Shimbo, Mr. Geo. Mizumori, Mr. K. Iwamura, Mr. N. Saito, Mr. Ben Kasubuchi, Mr. Jackson Sonoda, Mr. Geo. Fukuhara, Mr. Y. Nakayama. Front row (L to R): Mr. Howard …
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-137)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-137)
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 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 camping trip (ddr-densho-128-4)
img Lotus group camping trip (ddr-densho-128-4)
Lotus group members on camping trip at North Beach in Seattle. Lotus was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-32)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-32)
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 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 performance (ddr-densho-128-31)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-31)
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-128-97)
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-128-95)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-95)
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 picnic (ddr-densho-128-16)
img Lotus group picnic (ddr-densho-128-16)
Lotus group picnic at Glendawn Park. Lotus was an association of young members of Seattle's Buddhist Church.
Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-133)
img Lotus group (ddr-densho-128-133)
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.
Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-28)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-28)
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 performance (ddr-densho-128-29)
img Lotus group performance (ddr-densho-128-29)
This program took place at the Nippon Kan Theater in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Lotus group was affiliated with the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-6)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-6)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities. Back row (L to R): Tadashi Kumagai, Toge Fujihara, Tak Nakawatase, Akira Kumasaka, Tom Nishitani, Naoshi Kumagai, Nobuo Tanagi, Nobi Yamada, Shuichi Abe. Middle row (L to R): …
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-1)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-1)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities such as formal dances (pictured here). Back row (L to R): Kiyoshi Tada, Makoto Sasaki, Shuichi Abe, Eddie Kanno. Middle row (L to R): Nobi Yamada, Sumio Mochizuki, …
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): Kimiko …
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.
Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-4)
img Green Lake Young People's Club (ddr-densho-130-4)
Members of the Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's club), a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. This club organized athletic, cultural, and social activities such as formal dances (pictured here). (L to R): Tak Nakawatase, Shuichi Abe, Toshiko Fukano, Naoshi Kumagai, Minnie Ota, Kiyoshi Tada, May Kumasaka, Nobi Yamada, Ko Suzuki, Sumio …
Picnic at Rolling Beach (ddr-densho-134-23)
img Picnic at Rolling Beach (ddr-densho-134-23)
The Green Lake Association brought the Japanese American community together for frequent social gatherings.
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.
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