Religion

Japanese Americans used religion as one way to handle the stress of the incarceration experience. Church served as both a spiritual comfort and a place for community gatherings. On Sundays, Buddhist and Christian services and Sunday schools were held in the recreation halls. State Shintoism was another popular religion within the Japanese American community but was banned by the U.S. government on the grounds that it included "Emperor worship." Church services initially were given in both Japanese and English, but camp authorities later banned the use of Japanese at all group gatherings (although translation into Japanese was later permitted at some religious services).

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Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-9)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-9)
Caption: "Sincerely yours, / Mr. & Mrs. Ota / 12/22/42. Caption in album: "To: Rev. and Mrs. Nagatomi."
Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-8)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-8)
Caption in album: "First wedding Okada-Nakamura."
Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-167)
doc Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-167)
Invitation to an "Appreciation Dinner and Entertainment Night."
Gyodo-kai members (ddr-manz-4-48)
img Gyodo-kai members (ddr-manz-4-48)
Caption in album: "Gyodo-kai Members 1943."
Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
img Photograph of Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day (ddr-manz-4-106)
Caption: "Manzanar Keiro Kan (Senior Citizen-Pioneer Day) sponsored by YBA (Young Buddhist Association), September 26, 1943, Rev. Nagatomi and Mayeda in attendance."
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