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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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Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-199)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-199)
Black and white photographic negative of Obon dancers posing for camera in front of small crowd with their backs bent slightly and arms extended. Fourth from the left is Yukiye Itoyama, fifth from the left is Eki Yumibe. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-252)
Black and white photographic negative of nine Obon dancers posing for the camera. From left to right: unidentified, Kuni Kitayama, Sakae Kobayashi, Hisako (Onishi) Saito, Hisano Sakamoto, unidentified, Tomi Tsujimura, Yoshino Fujii, unidentified. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-315)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-315)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers posing with "uchiwa" (fan). From left to right: Tomi Tsujimura and Yachiyo Morita. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-232)
Black and white photographic negative of Harue Akiyama, the Obon dance instructor, posing for camera wearing straw hat. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This image was taken at Holladay Park in Portland, Oregon.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-280)
Black and white photographic negative of Fukiyo Masuda smiling for the camera at Obon. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
img Obon Festival- Obon dancers (ddr-one-1-212)
Black and white photographic negative of four Obon dancers posed for the camera in front of a crowd. From left to right: Chieko Yoshihara, Hisano Sakamoto, Sakae Kobayashi, and Kaoru Funatake. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This ...
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-293)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-293)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers holding "uchiwa" (fan) and smiling for the camera indoors. From left to right: Kuni Kitayama and Chiyoko Yoshihara. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-234)
img Obon Festival- Dancer (ddr-one-1-234)
Black and white photographic negative of Harue Akiyama, the Obon dance instructor, posing for camera wearing straw hat. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community. This image was taken at Holladay Park in Portland, Oregon.
Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-274)
img Obon Festival- Dancers (ddr-one-1-274)
Black and white photographic negative of two Obon dancers with tenugui (light cotton towels) around their necks posing for the camera. On left is Yukiye Itoyama. Obon is an annual event hosted by the Oregon Buddhist Church (now known as Oregon Buddhist Temple) and attended by the wider Nikkei community.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-100)
Color polaroid photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida in front of the Kidas' home in Pucker Huddle in White Salmon, Washington.
Kenjiro Kida's diary (ddr-one-3-123)
doc Kenjiro Kida's diary (ddr-one-3-123)
Bound diary with gray cover. The year on the front cover is based on the Japanese imperial calendar and says Meiji 43 (1910). Written in by Kenjiro Kida while working for George Pyatt. He wrote in it in both Japanese and English. Contents of diary about weather and daily life working for George Pyatt in White ...
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida having tea with company (ddr-one-3-119)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida and three white women sitting at a dining table. The table is set for tea.
Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
img Kenjiro Kida in field (ddr-one-3-78)
Black and white photograph of Kenjiro Kida standing next to a sapling in a field. Above his head is written "Kida" in red ink. On the back is written "Kenjiro Kida" in pencil.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida in front of her home (ddr-one-3-121)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida and a relative visiting from Japan standing in front of her home in Pucker Huddle in White Salmon, Washington.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-128)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida standing in front of a television set.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida (ddr-one-3-81)
Color studio portrait photograph of Kay and her son George Kida taken in celebration of her 89th birthday. From left to right: Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida.
Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
doc Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
November 5, 1953 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun, Volume XIX, Number 6. The newspaper contains an article on the front page titled "Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American." The article is about the Kenjiro and Miyuki "Kay" Kida process for American citizenship and their experiences living in the United States.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida having tea with company (ddr-one-3-120)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida and ten white women sitting or standing around a dining table. The table is set for tea.
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-131)
One copy of a color studio portrait photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida taken in celebration of her 89th birthday. Inscribed on the back "#11."
Miyuki
img Miyuki "Kay" Kida in her home (ddr-one-3-118)
Color photograph of Miyuki "Kay" Kida standing next to piece of furniture in her home in White Salmon, Washington.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-40)
Slightly yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked October 19, 1942. Along the top 10-23-1942 is written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope is a letter dated October 17, 1942. Teru writes about ...
Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-20)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama. The envelope is postmarked Jul 21, 1942, and in red pencil below the postmark is the date 7/25/42. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" ...
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-38)
Letter dated Oct 5, 1942, to Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his daughter, Eva Koyama. In the letter Eva writes about life at Minidoka: Shin came to visit, school is starting soon, Mr. Mita's funeral, lunch, and Girl Scouts. Eva sends her regards to Dr. Tanaka and Mr. Ikeya.
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Lois (ddr-one-5-48)
Seven page letter to Kei Koyama from Lois at Minidoka dated March 8, 1943. The pages are thin and have water damage. The letter talks about religion (Buddhism and Christianity), the different between Nisei and Kibei, and many other topics about daily life at Minidoka.
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Yoshi Sato (ddr-one-5-42)
Envelope addressed to Mr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Yoshio Sato at Minidoka. Postmarked November 11, 1942. In red pencil “Dec 15, 42” is written. Along the right edge of the envelope is a white sticker, on the back side of the envelope it reads "U.S.A. 269." Inside the envelope is a letter dated Nov. ...
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