Kenjinkai

Kenjinkai were organizations made up of Issei (Japanese immigrants) who shared roots in the same prefecture (ken) in Japan. They fostered a sense of community for immigrants in a strange land by sponsoring social events such as dinners and picnics, serving as mutual aid societies, and providing informal networks for apprenticeships, hiring, and business patronage.

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Kenjinkai (39)

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Kenjinkai

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Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-32)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-32)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_004
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-33)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-33)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_005
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-36)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-36)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_008
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-29)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-29)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_001
Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
doc Satoshi Kuwamoto interview (ddr-csujad-6-17)
Oral history interview with Satoshi Kuwamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_KUWAMOTO_SATOSHI
Mrs. Kiyoye Nikaido (ddr-csujad-8-53)
doc Mrs. Kiyoye Nikaido (ddr-csujad-8-53)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Kiyoye [Kiyoe] Nikaido. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Nikaido, Mrs Kiyoye
Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
doc Naomi Tagawa (ddr-csujad-8-69)
Oral history interview with Naomi Tagawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Tagawa, Naomi
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-35)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-35)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_007
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-34)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-34)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_006
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-31)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-31)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_003
Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-30)
img Hiroshima Ken gathering (ddr-csujad-11-30)
A group of photos from a community gathering in Stockton, California. The caption reads, "Hiroshima Ken Gathering." From page 15 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_15_002
University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
doc University of California, evacuation and settlement study: case history I (ddr-csujad-26-26)
Correspondence regarding a profile of incarceree Harry Osaka written by Robert Spencer. The profile was taken during a trip to Fresno for Harry's mother's funeral with Spencer as the escort and includes Harry's life and family story, farm business before incarceration, religious practices, holiday practices, description of funeral. Profile included as part of the Japanese American …
Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
img Kagoshima Kenjinkai picnic (ddr-densho-20-17)
This is a men's dance group. The headbands are inscribed with the Shimazu family crest.
Hiroshima Kenjinkai (ddr-densho-38-31)
img Hiroshima Kenjinkai (ddr-densho-38-31)
Celebration commemorating the establishment of the Hiroshima Kenjinkai, or Hiroshima prefectural organization. (Identification on front of the photograph.)
Heart Mountain Sentinel Vol. II No. 42 (October 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-97-150)
doc Heart Mountain Sentinel Vol. II No. 42 (October 16, 1943) (ddr-densho-97-150)
Selected article titles: "An American's Return to American Way of Life" (p. 1), "Center Enters Important New Phase of Existence With Segregation Over" (p. 1), "New Rules Made for Camp Visits" (p. 2), "Editorial: After 52 Weeks" (p. 4), "Resettlement Said Greatest Adventure to Beckon Nisei" (p. 4), "Local Residents are Thanked for Aid in Segregation …
A portrait of four men (ddr-densho-353-338)
img A portrait of four men (ddr-densho-353-338)
The Hirabayashi cousins from Nagano Ken. Left to right: Motoyoshi, Hamao, Shungo, and Toshiharu sitting in the front.
A group outside a house (ddr-densho-353-340)
img A group outside a house (ddr-densho-353-340)
Captioned: "Nagano Kenjinkai gathering in Pontiac."
A Buddhist memorial service (ddr-densho-353-342)
img A Buddhist memorial service (ddr-densho-353-342)
Captioned: "A memorial service before a Buddhist altar with a Christian Minister attending."
Kenjinkai group photo (ddr-densho-321-819)
img Kenjinkai group photo (ddr-densho-321-819)
Caption: "Moss / Fukuoka Kenjinkai Portland, Oregon."
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.
Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-5-7)
vh Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1002-5-7)
Issei life: community associations, cultural traditions

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on …

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