Weddings

The rituals of weddings and funerals, whether Christian or Buddhist, were community events. The ceremonies were often elaborate and blended Japanese and American customs. During the World War II incarceration, many Issei (first-generation immigrant) parents confined in the camps were notified that their sons had died in combat.

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Wedding (ddr-densho-109-53)
img Wedding (ddr-densho-109-53)
This photo is of the first Buddhist wedding in Tacoma, Washington.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-35)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-35)
Original black and white photographic print of Bride and Groom, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto and Sam Sakamoto, smiling for the camera. Print is a portrait of the couple.
Wedding Reception (ddr-one-1-133)
img Wedding Reception (ddr-one-1-133)
Black and white photographic negative of a unknown wedding reception with a group of wedding guests standing next to the gift table. Standing in the back behind the gifts is Mitsy (Kiyomura) Takeoka.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-29)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-29)
Black and white photographic print of a wedding between Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto. The couple is kneeling before Reverend Francis Hayashi. Bridal Party from Left to Right: Yoichi "Jack" Nomi, Keso Kuwahara, Tamaye (Fujiwara) Nomi and Lilly (Kobayashi) Irinaga.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-38)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-38)
Original black and white photographic print of wedding attendants posed. Left to right Tamaye (Fujiwara) Nomi and Yoichi "Jack" Nomi.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-45)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-45)
Black and white photographic negative of wedding attendants posed. Left to right: Tamaye (Fujiwara) Nomi and Yoichi "Jack" Nomi.
Wedding (ddr-one-3-83)
img Wedding (ddr-one-3-83)
Color photograph of the wedding of a Japanese couple. Japanese written on the back.
Mas Akiyama Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-188-4)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-188-4)
Description of the close-knit Spokane Japanese community: shared funeral expenses

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.

The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 2 No. 102 (December 11, 1948) (ddr-densho-229-163)
"Nisei Seeks U.S. Rights, Files Suit" (p. 1), "Last Rites for Sgt. John Hashimoto Will be on Saturday, Dec. 18" (p. 1), "JACL Will Distribute Claims Forms Dec. 17" (p. 1).
Wedding party (ddr-densho-259-512)
img Wedding party (ddr-densho-259-512)
Wedding party of Jane Kyono and Tokutaro Ted Mori.
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-519)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-519)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Wedding portrait of the Reverend Isaac Inouye and his bride, Matsue I believe that they got married in Japan around 1935."
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-518)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-518)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Wedding portrait, presumably, of a young couple in Japan the man is wearing a formal montsuki, as well as the formal pleated trousers--hakama--and is holding the usual folded paper fan The bride, however, isn't wearing the usual horn-of-jealousy-concealing-white headcover--called a tsuno kakushi (literally, a horn hider)...I have no idea who ...
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-527)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-527)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Wedding portrait of Ryusuke Watanabe, from Kanagawa ken, and his bride, Sen Tokuda, who was born in Tokyo. Ryusuke came to the U.S. in 1907 and Sen came in 1922 It's been said that Ryusuke was one of the four Issei men who were arrested by the FBI and sent ...
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-522)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-259-522)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I'm not certain that this was a wedding portrait of Senichi and Satoru Tomihiro, circa 1924, although it well could have been Tomihiro came to America in 1904, and his wife in 1924. At the time this picture was taken, Senichi was probably around 40 years old, and his wife was ...
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-298-32)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-298-32)
Caption in album: "Wedding in July 1941. The bride? Our sis - silly! Of course everything else went Kerplunk when Pearl Harbor was attacked and we evacuated - first to Walerga and then to Tule Lake, Calif., Granada, Colo., and finally Topaz, Utah."
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-41)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-41)
Original black and white photographic print of Bridal party standing in front of the alter. Left to right: Tamaye (Fujiwara) Nomi, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto, and Lilly (Kobayashi) Irinaga.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-36)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-36)
Original black and white photographic print of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto's wedding reception. About 11 people sitting around banquet tables. Wedding party seated along back wall; from left to right: Yoichi "Jack" Nomi, Tamaye (Fujiwara) Nomi, Sam Sakamoto, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto, Keso Kuwahara, Lilly (Kobayashi) Irinaga. Rest of the guests are unidentified. For ...
Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-95)
img Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-95)
Black and white photographic negative of a possible wedding reception dance at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's main hall. Band playing the dance is the Jay Howard Band.
Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
img Wedding of Sam Sakamoto and Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto (ddr-one-1-44)
Black and white photographic negative of bride and groom, Hanaye (Fujiwara) Sakamoto and Sam Sakamoto, in front of the alter, bride's train twisted and on the stairs. Original print ONLC 2806 (ddr-one-1-33).
Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-96)
img Wedding Reception Dance at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (ddr-one-1-96)
Black and white photographic negative of a possible wedding reception dance at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association's main hall. Attendees sit along the wall chatting with other guests.
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