Kenjinkai

Kenjinkai were organizations made up of Issei (Japanese immigrants) who shared roots in the same prefecture (ken) in Japan. They fostered a sense of community for immigrants in a strange land by sponsoring social events such as dinners and picnics, serving as mutual aid societies, and providing informal networks for apprenticeships, hiring, and business patronage.

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Kenjinkai

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Hiroshima Kenjinkai (ddr-densho-38-31)
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Celebration commemorating the establishment of the Hiroshima Kenjinkai, or Hiroshima prefectural organization. (Identification on front of the photograph.)
Tom Akashi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-164-6)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-164-6)
Childhood memories of Mount Eden, California: kenjinkai picnics, father is community's Japanese school teacher
Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-50-6)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-50-6)
"Ken" (prefecture) connections: how Japanese geography affected Japanese American businesses
Kiyo Maruyama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1003-1-15)
vh Kiyo Maruyama Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1003-1-15)
Memories of kenjinkai picnics

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-10-39)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-10-39)
Involvement helping visitors from Japan through the Nikkeijinkai
Heart Mountain Sentinel Vol. II No. 42 (October 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-97-150)
doc Heart Mountain Sentinel Vol. II No. 42 (October 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-97-150)
Selected article titles: "An American's Return to American Way of Life" (p. 1), "Center Enters Important New Phase of Existence With Segregation Over" (p. 1), "New Rules Made for Camp Visits" (p. 2), "Editorial: After 52 Weeks" (p. 4), "Resettlement Said Greatest Adventure to Beckon Nisei" (p. 4), "Local Residents are Thanked for Aid in ...
James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-3)
Prewar community activities: picnics, theater, baseball

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-171-6)
vh May Y. Namba Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-171-6)
Religion as a child; father's involvement in community activities
Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-38-9)
vh Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-38-9)
Kenjinkai activities in the prewar Japanese American community in Spokane, Washington
Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
img Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
This is a men's dance group. The headbands are inscribed with the Shimazu family crest.
Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-92-4)
vh Rudy Tokiwa Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-92-4)
Taking care of people within the community, kenjinkai associations

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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