Issei

The earliest wave of Japanese immigrants, the Issei (first generation), had a strong sense of their ethnic identity and retained the values and traditions of their country of birth. Most came to the United States as sojourners and planned to return to Japan after earning their fortunes. In addition, discriminatory laws forbade them from becoming American citizens and from exercising other basic rights, such as owning or leasing land. Since they were thus prevented from fully taking part in American life, it is not surprising that many still identified strongly with the culture of their homeland.

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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-61)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Detention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Jul 20, 1943. At the top of the envelope “July-27-43” is written in blue pencil. Inside the envelope is a letter written by Teru dated July 18, 1943, in which she quotes a long poem by an ...
Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru and Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-33)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, and daughter, Eva Koyama. Postmarked Sep 21, 1942. To the left of the postmark is “9/26/42” written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. The left edge of the envelope is torn ...
Tsuneji Fujita and Katsumi Henry Fujita in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-3)
img Tsuneji Fujita and Katsumi Henry Fujita in front of Fujita Brothers Egg Ranch truck (ddr-csujad-23-3)
This photo appears to have been taken on the same day as Item number ssu_lp_0001. Shown from left to right are Katsumi (Henry) Fujita and his father Tsuneji Fujita. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp028-08-002
Totsugawa, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-163)
img Totsugawa, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-163)
A photograph of Kamie Taeneka and her relatives taken at a ritual event in Totsugawa, Japan. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_035
The late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa, funeral viewing] (ddr-csujad-25-353)
img The late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa, funeral viewing] (ddr-csujad-25-353)
A photograph of attendees of the funeral viewing for the late Mr. Setsu Fukazawa who died at the age of 57 on March 5, 1937 in Salt Lake, Utah. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_015
Ko Tanaka Makoto tsuitokai kinen [Memorial service for the late Mr. Makoto Tanaka] (ddr-csujad-25-331)
img Ko Tanaka Makoto tsuitokai kinen [Memorial service for the late Mr. Makoto Tanaka] (ddr-csujad-25-331)
A group photograph of the attendees of a memorial service for Makoto Tanaka held at a Buddhist temple on October 22, 1940. The photograph is taken by "Aiko," a photo studio in Seattle, Washington. The funeral followers are offered by "Fukuoka-ken Kaigai Kyokai" [=Fukuoka Prefecture Oversee Association]. The photograph is given from Shonosuke and Nobuko Tanaka ...
Wedding (ddr-csujad-25-318)
img Wedding (ddr-csujad-25-318)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Includes photographs from a Japanese family's wedding. The bride wears a western wedding gown. One of the photograph is dated : July 1955. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_10_01_027
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-25)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-25)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a photograph of a Japanese woman in kimono with a female child taken in front of hina ningyo, a set of ornamental dolls for Girls' Day, which appears to be taken in Japan. Also includes a photograph of a Japanese man in a suit, women in ...
Mohei and Sadae Umeda (ddr-csujad-25-235)
img Mohei and Sadae Umeda (ddr-csujad-25-235)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are five photographs of the Taenaka family's relatives. Includes: Mohei and Sadae Uemeda who are Kamie Taenaka's sister and brother-in-law, most likely taken in California between 1910s and 1920s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-317)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-317)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are photographs of a Japanese family including men, women, and children. A Japanese couple pose in front of a building with a sign, "John Down's." The photographs are probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-57)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-57)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a photograph of the Japanese community probably in Washington. A group of Japanese men, women, and children poses surrounding a boat with a sign, "Japan gives her Navy to the cause of Democracy." In the photograph, Japanese men wear a special event costume of an American ...
Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
img Ko Umeda Michiko sogi kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph for the late Michiko Umeda funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-240)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph taken to commemorate the funeral for Michiko Umeda, who is probably a daughter of Mohei and Sadae Umeda, held on March 2, 1924 in California. The attendees include Tamesaburo, Kamie, Haruko, Yaeko, Ukichi, Toshikuni, Chiyoko, and Saiko Taenaka. The photograph is ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-15)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-15)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to have been taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits, woman in western dress, and children. Also include a photograph of a Japanese man in suites and children riding on a horse ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-247)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-247)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a family portrait of a Japanese family. They are most likely the Taenakas' friends. The photograph appears to be taken in California in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_042
Japanese man (ddr-csujad-25-26)
img Japanese man (ddr-csujad-25-26)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Two photographs are pasted on the page. Both photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a portrait of Japanese man in suits. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_026
Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
img Taenaka family in a farm (ddr-csujad-25-83)
A photograph of the Taenaka family in a farm, Brighton, Colorado. Includes Tamesaburo Taenaka and Yaeko Taenaka [?] in McMorrow's sugar beet farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_01_025
Family in Japan, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-151)
img Family in Japan, ritual event (ddr-csujad-25-151)
A photograph of the local Japanese taken at a ritual event in Totsugawa, Japan. This photograph most likely includes the Taenakas' relatives. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_023
Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Buddhist temple] (ddr-csujad-25-130)
img Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, Buddhist temple] (ddr-csujad-25-130)
A group photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, along with Buddhist practitioners in Japan. The location is possibly Kongobuji, a Buddhist temple in Mount Koya. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_002
Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [arrival] (ddr-csujad-25-132)
img Koyasan [Los Angeles Branch] Tourist Party, [arrival] (ddr-csujad-25-132)
A group photograph of the tourists of Koyasan Los Angeles Branch Tourist Party, including Kamie Taenaka, taken in Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan, after their arrival. The same image is found in item: ucsb_jia_0128. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_08_03_004
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-60)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Santa Fe Dentention Station from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Jul 16, 1943. On the left side of the postcard is an "Examined" stamp signed "25-3." The message on the back of the postcard is dated July 16, 1943. Teru writes to tell Kei about ...
Letter from Miyuki [Matsuura] to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 12, 1952 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-275)
doc Letter from Miyuki [Matsuura] to Mr. and Mrs. S. Okine, July 12, 1952 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-275)
A letter from Miyuki Matsuura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She updates on her crops, picking strawberries, and her fears that the recent cold weather would delay the growth of garlic. She also updates on Mr. Freitas's wedding gift that Seiichi Okine asked her to prepare. She bought a large plate ...
Reverend Tokuno (ddr-csujad-11-132)
img Reverend Tokuno (ddr-csujad-11-132)
A photograph of a man and woman. The man in the photograph is identified as Reverend Tokuno. From page 48 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_48_007
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama and Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-22)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in the Portland Assembly Center. The envelope is postmarked August 24, 1942, and is stamped "VIA AIR MAIL" over the postmark. Written in blue pencil under the postage stamp is “Aug 23, 1942.” Written below the address in blue pencil is ...
A unsent and unfinished postcard (ddr-one-5-44)
doc A unsent and unfinished postcard (ddr-one-5-44)
One cent postcard addressed to William K. Koyama at Minidoka from Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston. Postcard has no postmark indicating it was never mailed. On the backside is an incomplete birthday message to his son William Koyama dated Nov. 12, 1942.
Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-5-339)
img Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas (ddr-csujad-5-339)
Photographed are Akiko An and Kiku Tanimoto, Ayame May Okine, and Dorothy Ai Okine. It is taken during the obon event in the Rohwer incarceration camp. The handwritten notes on the backside read: Obon, Rohwer, Arkansas. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album" (csudh_oki_0300), page 11. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese ...
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