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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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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 ...
Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-172)
img Kamie Taenaka, family reunion (ddr-csujad-25-172)
A group photograph of Kamie Taenaka and her relatives taken at Kanzanji Port, a ferry port in Hamamatsu, 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_044
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
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
Umeda Mohei-shi sogisai kaisosha ichido kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph of Mohei Umeda's funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-239)
img Umeda Mohei-shi sogisai kaisosha ichido kinen satsuei [Commemorative photograph of Mohei Umeda's funeral] (ddr-csujad-25-239)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page is a photograph of the funeral attendees taken to commemorate Mohei Umeda's funeral held at 2:00 PM on February 2, 1930 in California. The attendees include the Taenaka family members. Also includes funeral flowers offered by Tamesaburo Taenaka, Kan'ichi Matsumoto, Tokutaro Umeda, and Matsunosuke ...
Hirata family (ddr-csujad-25-56)
img Hirata family (ddr-csujad-25-56)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes Kazuhito Hirata's photographs. One of the photographs captures him wearing a graduation gown, taken to commemorate his graduation from University of Washington. Also includes a Japanese woman in kimono and a family photograph, including a Japanese man, women, and children. The photographs appear to be taken ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-193)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-193)
A photograph of a local Japanese woman and child taken in Itami, Japan after the war. They are probably 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_065
Shirai Keizo's funeral (ddr-csujad-25-356)
img Shirai Keizo's funeral (ddr-csujad-25-356)
A group photograph of the attendees of Keizo Shirai's funeral held at a Buddhist temple in Salt Lake, Utah. Mr. Shirai died at the age of 51 on October 10, 1934 in Salt Lake, Utah. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_018
Japanese men (ddr-csujad-25-6)
img Japanese men (ddr-csujad-25-6)
A page from an album containing family photographs. Five photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include a photograph of Japanese men riding on a bicycle and another photograph of Japanese men hunting. Two photographs appear to be taken in a park, possibly at the ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-41)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-41)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Includes a Japanese man, male children, and a house.The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_041
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-92)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-92)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and his family. Includes Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform, his parents, Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka, his sisters, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko, and his nephews and niece. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's family resides. See this object in the ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-36)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-36)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Two family portraits are pasted on the page. Those portraits appear to have been taken in Washington in the early 1900s. One is a portrait of three Japanese men in suits taken at "Akash Studio," in Spokane, Washington; the other is a family portrait of two Japanese ...
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-230)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-230)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are eight photographs of the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. Include photographs of: Harue Matsui with her nanny, Shun Onami; Ukichi Matsui; Toku, Naka, and Fusako Taenaka; Shozo Taenaka; and Yasumatsu Taenaka. All are wearing kimono. The photographs are most likely taken in Japan in ...
Taenaka family and relatives in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-215)
img Taenaka family and relatives in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-215)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are fifteen photographs including the Taenaka family and their Japanese relatives taken in Japan in the early 1930s. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_09_01_010
Grave stone (ddr-csujad-25-205)
img Grave stone (ddr-csujad-25-205)
A group photograph of Taenaka family with Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka's grave stone at a cemetery in 1955 probably in Los Angeles, California. 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_077
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-305)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-305)
A page from a photo album including Japanese family photographs. Pasted on the page are family photographs including Japanese men, women, and children. One of the photographs is dated: July 1932. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_10_01_013
Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
img Taenaka family (ddr-csujad-25-87)
A photograph of Toshikuni Taenaka, a Japanese American Nisei/Kibei soldier, and his family. Includes Toshikuni Taenaka in US Army service uniform, his parents, Tamesaburo and Kamie Taenaka, his sisteres, Haruko, Chiyoko, and Saiko, as well as most likely his nephews and niece. The photograph is probably taken in Brighton, Colorado, where Toshikuni Taenaka's family resides. See ...
Matsui and Taenaka families (ddr-csujad-25-212)
img Matsui and Taenaka families (ddr-csujad-25-212)
A page from the Taenaka family photo album. Pasted on the page are three photographs of the Matsui and Taenaka families. Include Shozo Taenaka, Ukichi Matsui, Naka Taenaka, Takako Morii [Matsui], Yanosuke Matsui. The photograph of Takako Morii [Matsui] is most likely taken on her wedding day, April 9, 1921. See this object in the California ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-155)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-155)
A photograph of the local Japanese, most likeley the Taenakas' relatives in Japan. The photograph appears to be taken 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_027
Japanese men and women (ddr-csujad-25-5)
img Japanese men and women (ddr-csujad-25-5)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Washington in the early 1900s. Include Japanese men in suits and women in western dress. Some of the photographs are possibly taken at the Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington. See this object in ...
Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-341)
img Japanese family (ddr-csujad-25-341)
A family portrait photographed by "T. Akashi." It is probably taken in the early 1900s. Location is unknown. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_12_003
Japanese women in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-147)
img Japanese women in kimono (ddr-csujad-25-147)
A photograph of local Japanese females in kimono. This photograph appears to be taken during the tour. 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_019
R. Ishikawa (ddr-csujad-25-48)
img R. Ishikawa (ddr-csujad-25-48)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Two photographs are pasted on the page, including a portrait of "Mr. R. Ishikawa" taken at a studio and singed as "Photo by Tay Takano," and a scenic photograph of a railroad in snow. The photographs appear to be taken in the early 1900s. Also includes a ...
Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-166)
img Family in Japan (ddr-csujad-25-166)
A group photograph of the local Japanese taken at an individual's house most likely in Totsugawa, Japan. They appear to be 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_038
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