Life in Japan and reasons for leaving

Most of the Issei (first-generation) immigrants belonged to the peasant farming class that had been hurt by industrialization, inflation, and rising taxes caused by the Meiji government's modernization program. The majority of the immigrant workers came from the four prefectures of Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kumamoto, and Fukuoka. The country was hard hit by depression following the Russo-Japanese war, which ended in 1905. Hoping for better economic opportunity than was available in the rigid society of Japan -- then just emerging from the feudal era -- ambitious men, especially younger sons who would not inherit property, traveled to the new country with the dream of making their fortune. Pioneer Issei women -- the first Japanese women to receive public education under Meiji reforms -- joined them as brides, many seeking to avoid living under the authority of their marital families.

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Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
doc Jane Tomeko Sugimura (ddr-csujad-8-68)
Oral history interview with Jane Tomeko Sugimura. 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 Sugimura, Jane Tomeko
Tamijiro Mori (ddr-csujad-8-93)
doc Tamijiro Mori (ddr-csujad-8-93)
Oral history interview with Tamijiro Mori. 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 Mori, Tamajiro
Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. 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 Matsunaga, Kazuye
Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
doc Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
This is the Background for the Relocation program prepared for information of Staff of the War Relocation Authority. It also describes the early Japanese migration to the United States and some of the economic and social aspects of American Japanese Life. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-22_02
Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
av Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
An oral interview with Amy Uno Ishii, a Nisei woman. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0936. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1342.1_T01
Oral history with Masako Hanada (ddr-csujad-29-366)
av Oral history with Masako Hanada (ddr-csujad-29-366)
An oral interview with Masako Hanada. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0912. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2052_T01
George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-161)
English translation of the annotations from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 12: [Right] Japan declared a war, and Japanese Imperial Army attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. When the war broke out, Yuta Masukawa was visiting Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. He rode on a streetcar to get to Little Tokyo and bought a record, "Shina no …
Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
doc Fude Tanioka interview (ddr-csujad-6-32)
Oral history interview with Fude Tanioka. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_TANIOKA_FUDE
Background for the relocation program (ddr-csujad-48-110)
doc Background for the relocation program (ddr-csujad-48-110)
Titled as: The background for the relocation program (prepared for information of Staff of the War Relocation Authority). It also describes the early Japanese migration to the United States and some of the economic and social aspects of American Japanese life. Transcription is found in item: ecm_wells_9919. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
doc Barneston's Japanese Community (ddr-densho-381-175)
A report prepared for the Seattle Water Department that discusses the history of Japanese immigration and community in Barneston, Washington, including a transcript of Yoshi Hibiya's oral history.
James Yamazaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-175-1)
vh James Yamazaki Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-175-1)
Father's background as a Buddhist minister in Japan

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

James Yamazaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-175-4)
vh James Yamazaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-175-4)
Mother's family background: raised by a Canadian missionary

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

James Yamazaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-175-2)
vh James Yamazaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-175-2)
Father's family in Japan

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-148-2)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-148-2)
Parents married in Japan, mother immigrates to United States as a "treaty merchant"
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-148-1)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-148-1)
Family background: father came to United States from Japan to help with the family business
Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-45-2)
vh Takashi Matsui Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-45-2)
Parents' reasons for immigrating to United States: no work in Japan after Russo-Japan war
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-153-1)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-153-1)
Family background: grandparents' immigration to Hawaii

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves as such.

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-153-2)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-153-2)
Family background: parents' immigration to the United States in the early 1900s

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify themselves …

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