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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Preparing for a festival (ddr-densho-259-131)
img Preparing for a festival (ddr-densho-259-131)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Setting up for festival, [Hood River] Japanese Hall, Mrs. Iwasa, Mrs. Tanimoto, Hirasawas."
Governor James Withycombe and Queen Sybil Baker in the Portland Rose Festival (ddr-densho-259-275)
img Governor James Withycombe and Queen Sybil Baker in the Portland Rose Festival (ddr-densho-259-275)
Governor James Withycombe and "Queen Sybil" (Sybil Baker) in the Portland Rose Festival Parade.
Christmas pageant at Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-179)
img Christmas pageant at Japanese Community Hall (ddr-densho-259-179)
Caption in Japanese at top of photograph: "Iwa Kurisumasu [Christmas celebration]." Caption by Homer Yasui: "A Christmas pageant which was performed by the Nisei members of the Hood River Japanese Methodist Church The girl second left looks like Mika Asai to mel and it might have been Jessie Iwatsuki holding the star on the stick. I ...
Campfire party (ddr-densho-259-401)
img Campfire party (ddr-densho-259-401)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of young girls, apparently at a masquerade party or dressed up for Halloween. It probably was for Halloween, although generally in our early years nobody went around in costumes, much less went out trick or treating. We just went out to write on car and home windows with soap usually, but ...
Party crossing Mosier Lake on a rowboat (ddr-densho-259-132)
img Party crossing Mosier Lake on a rowboat (ddr-densho-259-132)
Caption by Masuo Yasui: "On July 20th, 1924 Oak Grove Japanese hold a picnic at Yasui Bro[ther]'s Ranch at Mosier [Lake]. A party is ready to cross." Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was an undokai (a combination picnic and field day) which was/is a classical Japanese American festivity anywhere in the U.S. Dad has caption this ...
img "Portland Japanese community's contribution to the Rose Festival parade" (ddr-densho-259-329)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This surely must have been the Portland Japanese community's contribution to the Rose Festival parade."
img "Issei in quasi-feudal Japanese costumes" (ddr-densho-259-453)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Issei in quasi-feudal Japanese costumes. I think that this picture was taken at our Mosier farm because of the hills in the background I suspect that this was another undokai [field day/sports day]."
Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
img Gathering of Issei men (ddr-densho-259-445)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A gathering of a large group of Issei men, sitting and standing in a grassy meadow. There is an American flag prominently displayed and there are unidentifiable steamers on tall poles The tall bluff in the left background reminds me of what the area immediately to the west of Koberg's Beach used ...
Undokai picnic and field day (ddr-densho-259-362)
img Undokai picnic and field day (ddr-densho-259-362)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This was the familiar undokai--a combination picnic and field day--which almost every Nikkei community all over the United States held in the summertime for their people. This photo shows maybe half of the Japanese from Hood River Valley, and it was taken at the Yasui Mosier ranch."
Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-229)
img Issei men in feudal Japanese costumes (ddr-densho-259-229)
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 of ...
Float in the Portland Rose Festival Parade (ddr-densho-259-163)
img Float in the Portland Rose Festival Parade (ddr-densho-259-163)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two horses pulling a flatbed wagon which is draped with representations of the rising run flag and the starry blue & white field of the American flag. Four Nihonjin girls in kimono, holding paper parasols, stand under a branching double-decked tree made out of what appears to be paper roses. There's also ...
Issei men preparing for Portland's Rose Festival (ddr-densho-259-138)
img Issei men preparing for Portland's Rose Festival (ddr-densho-259-138)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] and Katsusaburo Tamura, dressed in all-white clothing They must have been so dressed because they were going to take part in Portland's first Rose Festival parade." Photograph taken outside the Portland Japanese Methodist Mission.
Fourth of July parade (ddr-densho-259-449)
img Fourth of July parade (ddr-densho-259-449)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Another view of the Fourth of July parade, 1914, passing by the First National Bank, Hood River, Oregon."
Four Issei
img Four Issei "dandies" preparing for the Rose Festival (ddr-densho-259-42)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Four young Issei dandies, all dressed up in what appears to be Rose Festival attire It appears to have been taken in front of the old Japanese Methodist Mission which was located in Northeast Portland. [Masuo Yasui] and Katsusaburo Tamura, both of whom are pictured, stayed at this mission, possibly at the ...
Loving cup award being presented (ddr-densho-259-342)
img Loving cup award being presented (ddr-densho-259-342)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] received a loving cup [the 'Silver Loving Cup' award] presented by the Hood River Japanese community in appreciation for services rendered."
Tenchosetsu celebration (ddr-densho-259-444)
img Tenchosetsu celebration (ddr-densho-259-444)
Gathering of Issei for the celebration of Tenchosetsu, a day to pray for the long life of the emperor and a celebration of Emperor Taisho's birthday.
Group photograph of Japanese men and women with Hinomaru (ddr-densho-259-178)
img Group photograph of Japanese men and women with Hinomaru (ddr-densho-259-178)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Another group photograph of many young Japanse women wearing semi-formal kimono. The 5-6 Japanese men are all wearing Western suits and ties. This must have been some sort of a formal celebration, because crossed Japanese flags, called Hino maru, are in the background. [Shidzuyo Yasui] is shown 4th from the right in ...
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."
Campfire party (ddr-densho-259-400)
img Campfire party (ddr-densho-259-400)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Campfire party at Hendersons."
Auburn Day parade (ddr-densho-18-13)
img Auburn Day parade (ddr-densho-18-13)
Shown is the first-prize float in the Auburn day parade, which was a community festival held every spring.
Nisei children at an undokai (ddr-densho-259-252)
img Nisei children at an undokai (ddr-densho-259-252)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "This shows a long line of Hood River Nisei kids marching to the picnic and racing grounds area of our undokai, which as far as I can remember, was always held at our Mosier farm."
Fourth of July parade (ddr-densho-259-448)
img Fourth of July parade (ddr-densho-259-448)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "An early Hood River parade, showing the [Hood River] Japanese marching up Oak Street in medieval costumes, probably during the Fourth of July. According to Ruth Guppy, this parade was held on July 4, 1914, following a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado at Coe's Spring...[Masuo Yasui] can be seen in ...
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