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.

Kenjinkai (38)

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Kenjinkai

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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
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
A portrait of four men (ddr-densho-353-338)
img A portrait of four men (ddr-densho-353-338)
The Hirabayashi cousins from Nagano Ken. Left to right: Motoyoshi, Hamao, Shungo, and Toshiharu sitting in the front.
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-29)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-29)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_001
Hiroshima Kenjinkai (ddr-densho-38-31)
img Hiroshima Kenjinkai (ddr-densho-38-31)
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
A Buddhist memorial service (ddr-densho-353-342)
img A Buddhist memorial service (ddr-densho-353-342)
Captioned: "A memorial service before a Buddhist altar with a Christian Minister attending."
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-33)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-33)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_005
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-35)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-35)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_007
Mrs. Kiyoye Nikaido (ddr-csujad-8-53)
doc Mrs. Kiyoye Nikaido (ddr-csujad-8-53)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Kiyoye [Kiyoe] Nikaido. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Nikaido, Mrs Kiyoye
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-34)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-34)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_006
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 Segregation ...
Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-5-7)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-5-7)
Issei life: community associations, cultural traditions

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on ...

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
A group outside a house (ddr-densho-353-340)
img A group outside a house (ddr-densho-353-340)
Captioned: "Nagano Kenjinkai gathering in Pontiac."
Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
doc Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
Oral history interview with Naomi Tagawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tagawa, Naomi
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