Associations and organizations

The Issei (Japanese immigrants) established cultural, business, and religious organizations that supported ethnic enclaves. This early form of networking served more than social and economic interests -- it became a substitute for the extended-family and village systems left behind in Japan. Christian and Buddhist neighborhood churches, Japanese language schools, and sports leagues allowed the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) to participate in organized social activities as well as form peer networks.

Community activities (832)
Associations and organizations (289)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Japanese associations, Manzanar Committee, National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, National Council for Japanese American Redress

289 items
Members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce pose with a parade float (ddr-densho-395-109)
img Members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce pose with a parade float (ddr-densho-395-109)
Members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce pose with a parade float. The float holds men and women dressed in period costume, depicting the Kamakura period. Seiso Bitow stands in front of the float, fifth from the left. Accompanying materials state that Seiso was the head of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Hiroshima Organization (Seattle …
8th Annual Sectional Tacoma Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-395-72)
img 8th Annual Sectional Tacoma Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-395-72)
Attendees of the 8th Annual Tacoma Sectional Young People's Christian Conference pose for a group photograph outside of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church.
7th Annual Tacoma Sectional Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-395-71)
img 7th Annual Tacoma Sectional Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-395-71)
Attendees of the 7th Annual Tacoma Sectional Young People's Christian Conference pose for a group photograph outside of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church.
Japanese Chamber of Commerce parade float (ddr-densho-395-111)
img Japanese Chamber of Commerce parade float (ddr-densho-395-111)
Young women, in traditional and Western dress, stand on a Japanese Chamber of Commerce parade float.
JPCCE Society (ddr-densho-383-35)
img JPCCE Society (ddr-densho-383-35)
Written on album page below photograph: "J.P.C-CE Society Joint Meeting with Greenlake Seinenkai". The Green Lake Seinenkai (young people's association) was a social club primarily for Nisei in their teens and twenties. George Tokuda pictured in front row, second from left.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Wak (ddr-densho-356-321)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Wak (ddr-densho-356-321)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Wak (possibly her sister Wakako Domoto) detailing thing that happened and are being planned in a social club. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Japanese Groups and Associations in the United States: Community Analysis Report No. 3 March 1943 (ddr-densho-356-1031)
doc Japanese Groups and Associations in the United States: Community Analysis Report No. 3 March 1943 (ddr-densho-356-1031)
Japanese Groups and Associations in the United States: Community Analysis Report No. 3 March 1944. Report reviewing Japanese social groups like Kenjinkai to determine if they indicate subversion within membership. Also attempts to determine the differences between Buddhism and Shintoism.
Junior Floricultural Society of Norther California (ddr-densho-356-16)
img Junior Floricultural Society of Norther California (ddr-densho-356-16)
Large group photograph of the Junior Floricultural Society of Northern California. Identified on the first row far left is Kaneji Domoto, and fourth row far left is Yuriko Domoto, and second row fifth from the left is Mr. Fujii (Sally Domoto (Fujii)'s father), and Sally Domoto (Fujii) is in the fourth row second from the left.
Club Photograph (ddr-densho-356-13)
img Club Photograph (ddr-densho-356-13)
Panaramic photograph of a large group of girls in white dresses. Many identified on the image. Inscribed on the front of the image is "Girl Reserve Conference Asilomar California" and "4-H Club" in black ink. Inscribed on the back "Belongs to:- Yuriko Domoto" written in blue ink.
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-336)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Officers of Portland Japanese Association (ddr-densho-259-331)
img Officers of Portland Japanese Association (ddr-densho-259-331)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Formal group photograph of 14 Issei men, all very well dressed in western suits. These may have been the officers of the Portland Japanese Association."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-338)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Red Cross promotion with a Japanese girl and a white girl holding flags (ddr-densho-259-277)
img Red Cross promotion with a Japanese girl and a white girl holding flags (ddr-densho-259-277)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Two girls sitting on a packing crate. The Caucasian girl is holding a Japanese doll and 2 American flags; the Japanese girl is holding a package and 2 Japanese flags. I don't know what this Red Cross promotion represents. The picture appears to be too recent to be a publicity shot of …
Issei gathered for memorial service (ddr-densho-259-364)
img Issei gathered for memorial service (ddr-densho-259-364)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A group of mostly adult Issei men and women in formal dress in a small meeting hall. I believe that this was the Knights of Pythias Hall which the early Issei pioneers rented for their events. [In this picture,] the Issei remembered their comrades who had earlier died in Hood River...A friend …
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-337)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-332)
img Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-332)
A group of Issei men posed in front of a Buddhist temple in Portland, possibly members of the Nipponjin Kai Japanese Association.
Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
img Nipponjin Kai members (ddr-densho-259-333)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of 39-40 well dressed Issei men standing on a lawn from the appearance of the men, I will guess that these were Nipponjin Kai members."
Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
img Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association (ddr-densho-259-29)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I don't recognize any of the 14 Caucasian men in this group picture with [Masuo Yasui], but I suspect that they were the Board of Directors of the Apple Growers Association."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-335)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
img "The graduation exercise of the Americanization School sponsored by Japanese Ancestral Society" (ddr-densho-259-394)
Front of photograph: "The graduation exercise of the Americanization School sponsored by Japanese Ancestral Society Portland, Oreg. May 28, 1953." Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group portrait of the Issei in the Portland area who graduated from the Americanization school, in preparation for taking their citizenship examinations."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I think that this gathering took place in front of what was then called the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church, in Portland I suspect that this was a YPCC--Young People's Christian Conference--because many of the Nisei are wearing identification badges."
Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
img Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "39-40 Issei men sitting in chairs in front of what surely must have been a Buddhist church in Portland. The swastika on the door indicates that this was a Buddhist temple. I suspect that these men were members of the Nipponjin Kai--sometimes called the Nihonjin Kai--Japanese Association."
Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
img Nisei baseball players (ddr-densho-259-539)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] in baseball shin guards, with other presumed baseball players. This may well have been part of the Nisei Athletic Club baseball team."
Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
img Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large group of Issei men and women, some with their children, and all formally dressed, in front of a stone church. This was the Riverside Church, which is a Congregational church, and it still stands in Hood River. I think that this has a connection with a memorial service which the …
Banquet (ddr-densho-411-5)
img Banquet (ddr-densho-411-5)
Photograph of a group attending a banquet. Imprinted on the photograph is "Banquet given Dr. R. Honda to honor his assignment of the Degree of Igaku-Hakushi from the Tokio Imperial University by the Southern California Japanese Med. Sch." Rikita Honda is standing at the head of the table.
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