Community activities

Japanese Americans of the pre-World War II era, urban and rural dwellers alike, lived in tight-knit communities bound together by a wide variety of shared associations and institutions. In an era marked by pronounced anti-Asian racism, Japanese Americans in cities tended to live in segregated ghettoes. While discrimination was the reason for isolated Japanese American neighborhoods, the well-organized and tight-knit community provided a rich social and cultural foundation for the Japanese immigrants and their children.

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Group photograph at the Bellevue Community Center Dedication (ddr-densho-347-1)
img Group photograph at the Bellevue Community Center Dedication (ddr-densho-347-1)
The Bellevue Community Center was located at NE 8th Street, just north of the current Bellevue Square Mall.
Digging for clams (ddr-densho-348-41)
img Digging for clams (ddr-densho-348-41)
Photograph of what appears to be a group of people off in the distance digging for clams.
Men in a race (ddr-densho-348-49)
img Men in a race (ddr-densho-348-49)
Picture of what appears to be a race in progress. Four men in the race run across a field while a crowd of onlookers watch
Hands bound behind the back (ddr-densho-348-54)
img Hands bound behind the back (ddr-densho-348-54)
Picture of 8 men in an open field struggling with their hands bound behind their backs. The man on the far right takes off running
A group gathered behind a table (ddr-densho-353-314)
img A group gathered behind a table (ddr-densho-353-314)
The farewell banquet for the Rev. Yuzuru Yamaka at the Japanese Methodist Church.
Photo album (ddr-densho-326-371)
img Photo album (ddr-densho-326-371)
Photos of Matsu Sakagami, friends and baseball teammates travelling in Washington, Oregon and California, Buddhist Community events.
Photo Album (ddr-densho-326-72)
img Photo Album (ddr-densho-326-72)
Photos of Matsu Sakagami and baseball team on trip to Japan, sailing from Vancouver. Including photos of family members in Japan and photos taken aboard ship.
img "Hood River Japanese Hall" (ddr-densho-259-78)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large photo of a great many if not the majority, of the Japanese who lived in Hood River [Oregon] valley. This picture was taken in front of the Hood River Japanese Community Hall, which was built in 1926-27."
Group of Issei and Nisei gathered in front of a train (ddr-densho-259-198)
img Group of Issei and Nisei gathered in front of a train (ddr-densho-259-198)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Japanese standing beside a couple of cars of a passenger train. [Renichi Fujimoto] is standing a little off to himself on the left in the shade, and from left to right are: Homer [Yasui] (looking up at [Shidzuyo Yasui]), Shizue Iwatsuki, Katsusaburo Tamura on the steps of …
img "Group of three Nisei girls" (ddr-densho-259-537)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of three Nisei girls Chieko [Takasumi], who was called 'Chikie' was a very popular Nisei girl in the Hood River Nikkei community."
Issei men and woman on the sidewalk (ddr-densho-259-144)
img Issei men and woman on the sidewalk (ddr-densho-259-144)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Mitsie Yamaki, Mr. Yamaki [Yeitaro Yamaki?], Shig, Dad [Masuo Yasui]."
Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
img Issei on a mountain (ddr-densho-259-217)
Unidentified Issei on what appears to be a mountain. Possibly Mount Hood, Oregon.
img "Outing in Mosier" (ddr-densho-259-250)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Outing in Mosier [Oregon]."
img "Hood River Japanese community hall" (ddr-densho-259-349)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Hood River Japanese community hall."
Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
img Issei men in suits wearing Japanese flag lapel pins (ddr-densho-259-344)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men in business suits, all of them wearing Japanese flag lapel pins There are strings of paper flags of many nations strung from the ceiling...I will guess that this was some sort of celebration of Japan's entry into World War I on the side of the Allies, because I …
Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
img Seven Issei men in suits (ddr-densho-259-196)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of Hood River Issei, from left to right: Kozo Karasawa, Yoshitomo Kyono, Ikutaro Takagi, Kamematsu Norimatsu and [Renichi Fujimoto]. I can't identify the two men who are crouching in the front."
Issei and Nisei on the street (ddr-densho-259-308)
img Issei and Nisei on the street (ddr-densho-259-308)
Unidentified Issei and Nisei on the street, possibly in Hood River, Oregon.
Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
img Issei men and a woman standing by a guard rail (ddr-densho-259-214)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "[Masuo Yasui] with 2 other Issei men and a woman [shows] the front part of what I think was our old Studebaker."
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-197)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-197)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and …
Nisei and Issei woman in California (ddr-densho-259-53)
img Nisei and Issei woman in California (ddr-densho-259-53)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Michi with [Shidzuyo Yasui]'s friend from Okayama-ken [Okayama prefecture, Japan]."
img "Gathering of Hood River Nikkei" (ddr-densho-259-33)
Group photograph of Nikkei living in Hood River, Oregon.
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and …
Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
img Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference (ddr-densho-259-164)
Caption in Japanese at bottom of photograph: "Northwest division of Methodist women, Hood River conference." Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large print gathering of some Hood River Issei , together with a large number of out-of-town Issei women in front of the Hood River Community Hall."
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