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).

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Woman in kimono (ddr-densho-359-1070)
img Woman in kimono (ddr-densho-359-1070)
A woman in a kimono poses in front of a table of bonsai trees.
Crowd walking (ddr-densho-359-935)
img Crowd walking (ddr-densho-359-935)
A crowd walking beneath a banner of United States and Japanese flags. Some members of the crowd are wearing kimonos and straw hats. This even could possibly be for Obon.
Birthday party (ddr-densho-359-1235)
img Birthday party (ddr-densho-359-1235)
Pam Okano stands with other children behind her birthday cake.
Okano family 1940s photo album (ddr-densho-359-1298)
img Okano family 1940s photo album (ddr-densho-359-1298)
Phillip and Alice Okano's first family photograph album. The album begins with their wedding and their honeymoon and moves through the war years and their time in Idaho and into the post-war years.
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-216)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-216)
Alice Kawamoto poses with two other young women, Sadako and Fumiko, at Donnie's 4th birthday party.
Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-57)
img Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-57)
A group photograph of school age boys in costume. Costumes include Charlie Chaplin, samuri, explorer, nurse, and doctor. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
A group photograph at Donnie's 4th birtday party. Pictured from back to front and left to right: Mrs Hatashida, Yasuko H., Mrs Katamoto, Hideko K., Pauline, Fumiko, Mrs. Nishi, Alice, Hisako, Kenji, Yumiko, Tomiko, Bobby N.
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-217)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-217)
A group of young people at Donnie's 4th birthday party. From left to right: Alice, Fumiko, Toshiko, Sadako, Yaeko, Mr. Nakata, and Kenji.
Easter Sunday (ddr-densho-359-1672)
img Easter Sunday (ddr-densho-359-1672)
From right to left: Phil Okano, Alice Okano, Jeanette Otsuka, Eddie Otsuka on Easter Sunday 1948
Wedding anniversary (ddr-densho-359-1296)
img Wedding anniversary (ddr-densho-359-1296)
The caption written on page of album is "60th Wedding Anniversary 1955".
Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1560)
img Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1560)
A holiday card from Dr and Mrs. K Iwasa and their boys Ralph and Lynn.
Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-56)
img Costume festival (ddr-densho-359-56)
A line of students in costume including samuri and owls. Phillip Okano attended school in Japan from 1923-1933.
Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1658)
img Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1658)
The card is signed "Seasons Greeting [illegible] + Children".
Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1659)
img Holiday card (ddr-densho-359-1659)
A holiday card from Dr and Mrs. K Iwasa and their boys Ralph and Lynn.
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