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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Welcome party for the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture (ddr-densho-395-97)
img Welcome party for the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture (ddr-densho-395-97)
Members of the Seattle Hiroshima Club pose next to a banquet table at a welcome party for Mr. Ohara (Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture). Seiso and Kimiko Bitow are seated on the left side, fourth and fifth from the left.
Group photograph in front of an arch (ddr-densho-395-56)
img Group photograph in front of an arch (ddr-densho-395-56)
A group photograph, possibly at the Nippon Kan Theatre. Seiso Bitow is seated on the front row, third from the right.
Group dines at Bush Garden restaurant (ddr-densho-395-67)
img Group dines at Bush Garden restaurant (ddr-densho-395-67)
A group of men and women sit around a dinner table, likely at the Bush Garden restaurant according to accompanying materials.
Group of men in suits and military uniforms (ddr-densho-395-104)
img Group of men in suits and military uniforms (ddr-densho-395-104)
A group of men in suits and military uniforms pose below a sign with Japanese text. Seiso Bitow fourth from left, second row.
Group photograph at a banquet table (ddr-densho-395-96)
img Group photograph at a banquet table (ddr-densho-395-96)
A group of men, women, and children pose next to a banquet table lined with meals. Seiso Bitow is standing near the back, second from the left.
Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
doc Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
A collection of 111 photographs of community events and family portraits from the Bitow and Maeda families.
Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-100)
img Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-100)
Attendees crowd into a large room decorated with American and Japanese flags and lined with banquet tables. Accompanying materials indicate that the venue is "possibly Nippon Kan Theater" but is more likely Washington Hall.
Group of young men (ddr-densho-395-31)
img Group of young men (ddr-densho-395-31)
A large group of young men pose for a photograph outside of a building. An attached note indicates that Leonard Masahiko Bitow is in the photograph.
Group photograph (ddr-densho-395-32)
img Group photograph (ddr-densho-395-32)
A group of men, women, and children pose on a grassy lawn. Some of the men are wearing matching hats. Seiso Bitow in on the front row, eighth from the right.
Group photograph at a dinner (ddr-densho-395-33)
img Group photograph at a dinner (ddr-densho-395-33)
Men and women, with ribbons pinned to their lapels, stand behind banquet tables. Seiso Bitow is on the back row, second from the right.
Group of men outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center (ddr-densho-395-105)
img Group of men outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center (ddr-densho-395-105)
A group of men in suits pose for a photograph outside the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington. Seiso Bitow is standing on the second row, first from the right.
Group photograph on Grant and 5th (ddr-densho-395-60)
img Group photograph on Grant and 5th (ddr-densho-395-60)
Group photograph outside a church, possibly Spokane Methodist Church, on the corner of Grant Street and 5th Avenue. The group is primarily women in winter coats with ribbons pinned to their lapels. Seiso Bitow is possibly standing on the second row, second from the right.
Kimiko and Seiso Bitow dine at a table (ddr-densho-395-93)
img Kimiko and Seiso Bitow dine at a table (ddr-densho-395-93)
Kimiko passes a dish while seated next to Seiso, possibly at a wedding reception.
Seiso Bitow stands near a table (ddr-densho-395-92)
img Seiso Bitow stands near a table (ddr-densho-395-92)
Seiso Bitow stands near a table in a crowded room, possibly about to give a speech at a wedding.
Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-86)
img Attendees fill a banquet hall (ddr-densho-395-86)
Attendees crowd into a large room lined with banquet tables. On a stage, large American and Japanese flags are displayed side by side. Accompanying materials indicate that the venue is "possibly Nippon Kan Theater" but it is more likely Washington Hall.
Auditorium with a stage and basketball court (ddr-densho-404-182)
img Auditorium with a stage and basketball court (ddr-densho-404-182)
An auditorium with a stage and basketball court. The mezzanine level is decorated with streamers. Written on photograph: 30.743 - GYM - 1936-37 - HARRINGTON, WASH.
Roller coaster on a shore (ddr-densho-404-339)
img Roller coaster on a shore (ddr-densho-404-339)
View through a window decorated with butterflies of a roller coaster on a shore.
Bridge over greenery (ddr-densho-404-51)
img Bridge over greenery (ddr-densho-404-51)
View of a bridge over a roped off area filled with greenery. A figure walks on a rock path in the background.
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