Festivals, celebrations, and holidays

Sources of Japanese American community interaction included picnics, musicals, concerts, martial arts competitions, and festivals such as Bon Odori (annual Buddhist festival commemorating ancestors).

Festivals, celebrations, and holidays (430)

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Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 29, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-80)
doc Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 29, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-80)
Engagement greeting card written by Violet Saito to Mollie Wilson. White/pink card with illustration in pink/green of a bouquet of pink roses tied together with a piece of white ribbon. "An engagement wish for your future happiness" is on the front of card. Envelope is postmarked January 29, 1945 from Chicago, Illinois.
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 15, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-109)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 15, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-109)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 15, 1943). Blue card with illustration in blue/red/white of a Christmas tree branch with three ornaments and two candles on it. "Season's Greetings" is on the front bottom of card. Envelope is postmarked December 15, 1943 from Los Angeles, California with the return address ...
Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (December 18, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-78)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (December 18, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-78)
Christmas card to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (December 18, 1944). Blue/white card with illustration in blue/green/white of a snow covered village with a Chritmas tree and blue and white stars. "Christmas Greetings" and the first two lines of "Silent Night" are on the front right corner of card. Envelope is postmarked December ...
Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 23, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-114)
doc Christmas card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 23, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-114)
Christmas card to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (December 23, 1944). Card with illustration in blue/red/white of a snowy village with people walking around. Envelope is postmarked December 23, 1944 from Los Angeles, California.
Program for the Seabiscuit Redecication event (September 23, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-18)
doc Program for the Seabiscuit Redecication event (September 23, 1991) (ddr-janm-4-18)
Program for the Seabiscuit Redecication event held at the Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno, California (September 23, 1991).
Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-27-6)
vh Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-one-7-27-6)
Celebrating holidays

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June Takahashi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-88-6)
vh June Takahashi Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-88-6)
Community life in Petersburg, Alaska: holidays and celebrations
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-152-12)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-152-12)
Memories of prewar Japanese community activities: mochitsuki and picnics
Mara Mihara Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-194-7)
vh Mara Mihara Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-194-7)
Celebrating New Year's, helping to prepare food

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Asano Terao Interview I Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-108-43)
vh Asano Terao Interview I Segment 43 (ddr-densho-1000-108-43)
Participation in Japanese American community events: Bon Odori (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese and was translated so as to convey Mrs. Terao's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes some grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through similar grammatical errors in English in ...

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 1 (January 5, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-1)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 54, No. 1 (January 5, 1962) (ddr-pc-34-1)
Selected article titles: "Maryland County Anti-Bias Law Backed Up by Washington, D.C. JACL" (p.1), "Publisher Interest Indicated in History of Japanese Canadians Now in Writing Stage" (p.1), "San Jose Nursery Plant Growers Win" (p.1), "Seattle Anticipates 10 Million Visitors During 184-Day Run of Century 21 World's Fair; Many JACLers Expected July ...
A parade float (ddr-densho-353-330)
img A parade float (ddr-densho-353-330)
A float in the Potlatch parade, sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No. 8 (August 19, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-34)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 51, No. 8 (August 19, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-34)
Select article titles: "Emphasis on Japanese culture taking over Nisei Week Festival" (p.1); "Nisei urges U.S. supported group to fight communists in Japan" (p.8)
Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy (ddr-densho-319-54)
doc Letter sent to T.K. Pharmacy (ddr-densho-319-54)
Request for a gallon of Kokuho rice and a bottle of Hakutsuru sake.
The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-353)
img The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-353)
The 1930 Sayonara Ball was held at the Seattle Yacht Club.
Celebration (ddr-densho-258-115)
img Celebration (ddr-densho-258-115)
A group of people gathered around a table, some sitting, some standing, with an array of bottled beverages; multiple generations.
Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-172)
img Japanese American women and children (ddr-densho-259-172)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large group of Hood River Issei women and their many, many children, but with no men present In an associated picture [Masuo Yasui] had written that this was a gathering of the Hood River Japanese in front of the R.G. Dieck's [Dicek's] place for their annual Decoration Day."
Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-454)
img Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-454)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Issei men dressed in feudal Japanese costumes These ancient Japanese costumes represented the samurai, and possibly some of the entourage of a daimyo (a samurai lord); some of the priestly class; the artisan class represented by men in workmen's clothing and carrying framing squares; and interestingly, a couple ...
Celebration of Tenchosetsu (ddr-densho-259-142)
img Celebration of Tenchosetsu (ddr-densho-259-142)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Picture of the celebration of Tenchosetsu at the [Hood River] Japanese Community Hall Tenchosetsu was the formal celebration of the birthday of the Japanese emperor."
Japanese Americans gathered for decoration day (ddr-densho-259-173)
img Japanese Americans gathered for decoration day (ddr-densho-259-173)
Caption by Masuo Yasui: "In [?] front of R. G. Dicek's [?] place. Hood River, Ore. On July 17, 1924 Hood River Japanese gathered for their annual decoration day."
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