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Festivals, celebrations, and holidays

Sources of Japanese American community interaction included picnics, musicals, concerts, martial arts competitions, and festivals such as Bon Odori (annual Buddhist festival commemorating ancestors).

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Japanese Band of the Tama (ddr-densho-357-13)
img Japanese Band of the Tama (ddr-densho-357-13)
The Japanese band of the "Tama" marches in the 1925 Diamond Jubilee Parade. For the California Diamond Jubilee celebration, the Japanese government sent the battle cruiser "Tama" with representatives from the Japanese Imperial Court. Hanako Yoshioka Terakawa's caption: "Welcome Tama."
Chigo Parade (ddr-densho-357-259)
img Chigo Parade (ddr-densho-357-259)
Children and the orchestra linie up to march in the Chigo parade for the first anniversary celebration of the Oakland Buddhist Church. The term "chigo" refers to "festival children," who are typically quite young and associated with temple activities. Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Chigo and Y.M.B.A. Orchestra."
Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-170)
img Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-170)
Members of the Lumbini Club participate in the Buddhist Church of Oakland Dedication ceremony. Hanako Yoshioka is the fourth uniformed girl from the left. Hanako's caption: "Our guard."
Lumbini Club members (ddr-densho-357-166)
img Lumbini Club members (ddr-densho-357-166)
Seven Lumbini Club members attend the Oakland Buddhist Church Dedication Ceremony. A young boy on the left side is crossed out with an "X" as a joke. Hanako Yoshioka's caption: "A lone shick."
Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-165)
img Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-165)
Five members (four unidentified) of the Lumbini Club attend the Oakland Buddhist Church Dedication Ceremony. Hanako Yoshioka (Terakawa) is pictured second from the left in the group of Lumbini Club members. A person on the left offers an icecream cone to the girls. Hanako's caption: "Have a cone."
Lumbini Club boys (ddr-densho-357-159)
img Lumbini Club boys (ddr-densho-357-159)
Boys from the Lumbini Club participate in the Oakland Buddhist Church Dedication Ceremony.
1925 Diamond Jubilee (ddr-densho-357-14)
img 1925 Diamond Jubilee (ddr-densho-357-14)
A crowd attends the 1925 Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-258)
img Lumbini Club (ddr-densho-357-258)
Five girls from the Lumbini Club, dressed in similar uniforms, participate in the Oakland Buddhist Church Dedication Ceremony. Left to right: Fumi Masada, Shizu Goto, Yukie Yoshioka, unidentified girl (name illegible), Hanako Yoshioka Terakawa.
Gotanye of St. Shinran (ddr-densho-357-602)
img Gotanye of St. Shinran (ddr-densho-357-602)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Gotanye of St. Shinran by Chuo Sunday School, May 1934, Flag Parade, Mr. Mizuyama leader."
Chigo parade (ddr-densho-357-256)
img Chigo parade (ddr-densho-357-256)
Children line up to march in the Chigo parade for the first anniversary celebration of the Oakland Buddhist Church. The term "chigo" refers to "festival children," who are typically quite young and associated with temple activities. Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Lined up."
Chigo Parade (ddr-densho-357-257)
img Chigo Parade (ddr-densho-357-257)
Children line up to march in the Chigo parade for the first anniversary celebration of the Oakland Buddhist Church. The term "chigo" refers to "festival children," who are typically quite young and associated with temple activities.
Nobuye Tani (ddr-densho-357-160)
img Nobuye Tani (ddr-densho-357-160)
Nobuye Tani attends the Oakland Buddhist Church Dedication Ceremony.
Christmas card from Richard I. Okamura to Sue Ogata Kato (ddr-csujad-49-108)
doc Christmas card from Richard I. Okamura to Sue Ogata Kato (ddr-csujad-49-108)
Christmas card from Richard I. Okamura to Sue Ogata Kato. An item from: pages 76-77 of the Sue Kato scrapbook (gfb_skc_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2019_002_001_052_02
Thanksgiving napkin (ddr-csujad-49-97)
img Thanksgiving napkin (ddr-csujad-49-97)
Thanksgiving napkin. An item from: pages 70-71 of the Sue Kato scrapbook (gfb_skc_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2019_002_001_047_09
Birthday napkin from Col. Hollinghead's birthday affair (ddr-csujad-49-95)
img Birthday napkin from Col. Hollinghead's birthday affair (ddr-csujad-49-95)
Birthday napkin souvenir from Colonel Hollinghead's birthday affair. An item from: pages 70-71 of the Sue Kato scrapbook (gfb_skc_001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 2019_002_001_047_07
Spring 1936 Courtship of Mills (ddr-csujad-55-2266)
img Spring 1936 Courtship of Mills (ddr-csujad-55-2266)
Black and white photograph depicting a group of 35 women in costume. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2370
Akiko and Noboru Shirai (ddr-csujad-55-1314)
img Akiko and Noboru Shirai (ddr-csujad-55-1314)
Black and white photograph portrait depicting Akiko and Noboru Shirai wearing formal Japanese attire. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1316
Letter from the Tsukamotos, 1949 (ddr-csujad-55-114)
doc Letter from the Tsukamotos, 1949 (ddr-csujad-55-114)
Christmas letter from the Tsukamoto family including an update on family life and activities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0116
Letter from Kenneth Hori to Mrs. Waegell, December 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-2546)
doc Letter from Kenneth Hori to Mrs. Waegell, December 15, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-2546)
Correspondence from Kenneth Hori to Mrs. Waegell regarding thankfulness for the persimmons she sent him. Wishing her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2653
Letter from the Tsukamoto family, December, 1947 (ddr-csujad-55-111)
doc Letter from the Tsukamoto family, December, 1947 (ddr-csujad-55-111)
Christmas letter from the Tsukamoto family including an update on family life, farm, school, and church. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0113
Letter from Al and Mary Tsukamoto, December 1948 (ddr-csujad-55-112)
doc Letter from Al and Mary Tsukamoto, December 1948 (ddr-csujad-55-112)
Christmas letter from Al and Mary Tsukamoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0114
Military Intelligence Service Language School Christmas Festival Service (ddr-csujad-55-155)
doc Military Intelligence Service Language School Christmas Festival Service (ddr-csujad-55-155)
Program for the Christmas Festival Service at the Military Intelligence Service Language School. Includes order of the service, songs, readings, and prayers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0157
[Dorothy Ai Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-16)
img [Dorothy Ai Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-16)
A photograph of Dorothy Ai Okine dressing in kimono and wearing a crown. It is taken during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Higashi Honganji Rafu Betsuin. Placed on a paper photo frame. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_04_011
[Dorothy Ai Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-336)
img [Dorothy Ai Okine] (ddr-csujad-5-336)
A photograph of Dorothy Ai Okine dressing in kimono and wearing a crown. It is taken during the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of Higashi Honganji Rafu Betsuin. Placed on a paper photo frame. A photograph from "Dorothy Ai Aoki photo album," page 2 (csudh_oki_0300). See this object in the California State Universities …
Sawako [Nakano] (ddr-csujad-5-11)
Sawako [Nakano] (ddr-csujad-5-11)
A photograph of Sawako Nakano at age 15. Sawako is a niece of Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. It is taken by Tonen Hisashi in Hiroshima, Japan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_01_04_006
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