The journey

The Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) crossed the Pacific in crowded steamships for the two-week journey to the West Coast of the United States. Thousands of immigrants left Japan from Yokohama Harbor outside Tokyo and entered the U.S. at Angel Island, the immigration station in San Francisco Bay. The immigrants were examined and inoculated for communicable diseases upon boarding and examined again upon arrival. Because it took time to obtain a visa and the necessary health clearances, the journey from one's hometown in Japan could extend up to a month.

Immigration and citizenship (105)
The journey (23)

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Family immigrating to the United States (ddr-densho-109-62)
img Family immigrating to the United States (ddr-densho-109-62)
The Mukai family is on the ship the Seattle Maru from Japan.
Minoru Yamaguchi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-127-2)
vh Minoru Yamaguchi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-127-2)
Father's immigration story: walking across the U.S. border
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-111-9)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-111-9)
Description of the journey by boat to the United States (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-85-1)
vh Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-85-1)
Family's immigration route: from Hawaii to California to Japan to Seattle
Take Murayama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-110-3)
vh Take Murayama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-110-3)
Memories of the journey by boat to the U.S. (Japanese language)

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

Asano Terao Interview I Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-108-33)
vh Asano Terao Interview I Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-108-33)
Traveling to the U.S. on the same ship as "picture brides" (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 ...

Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
vh Shosuke Sasaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-2-1)
Family background: born in Japan; father's unorthodox arrival in the United States

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 ...

Japanese family on a ship to America (ddr-densho-259-122)
img Japanese family on a ship to America (ddr-densho-259-122)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Picture of [Renichi Fujimoto] and [Matsuyo Fujimoto] and another Japanese man, standing on the deck of a ship. Since Obasan is wearing a kimono, this must have been taken when she left for American with [Renichi, her husband]. They arrived in Seattle on March 10, 1931."
Issei man on a train (ddr-densho-259-460)
img Issei man on a train (ddr-densho-259-460)
Renichi Fujimoto on a train, preparing for a journey to Japan to return with his wife, Matsuyo.
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-10-1)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-10-1)
Grandfather's immigration story: entering through Canada, rowing over at night
Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
vh Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
Family background: father was a stowaway at age nineteen on a ship from Japan to the U.S.

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 ...

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-76-8)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-76-8)
Kiyo's parents' immigration story: swimming out to catch a boat to Hawaii

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-10-6)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-10-6)
Mother's trip to the U.S., being instructed in how to be a proper Japanese bride
Issei man and children at train station (ddr-densho-259-195)
img Issei man and children at train station (ddr-densho-259-195)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Min[oru], Michi, Roku, Shu, Homer & Yuka standing with Chan [Renichi Fujimoto] at the Hood River train depot. This was probably taken in the winter of 1929, when Chan went back to Japan to bring Obasan [Matsuyo Fujimoto] home to Hood River."
Issei man preparing for journey to Japan (ddr-densho-259-458)
img Issei man preparing for journey to Japan (ddr-densho-259-458)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Can [Renichi Fujimoto] and Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] at the Hood River railroad station, where Chan left for Japan in late 1929 to get his wife, Matsuyo."
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-118-5)
vh Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-118-5)
Journey to the United States at age sixteen: applying for a visa, physical exam

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-122-9-9)
vh Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-122-9-9)
Memories of the train ride to Pomona Assembly Center

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on ...

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