The rituals of weddings and funerals, whether Christian or Buddhist, were community events. The ceremonies were often elaborate and blended Japanese and American customs. During the World War II incarceration, many Issei (first-generation immigrant) parents confined in the camps were notified that their sons had died in combat.

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Mas Akiyama Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-188-4)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-188-4)
Description of the close-knit Spokane Japanese community: shared funeral expenses

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Wedding ceremony (ddr-densho-128-131)
img Wedding ceremony (ddr-densho-128-131)
Wedding of Masato Morikawa and Hisaye Kubo, which took place at the Seattle Buddhist Church.
Wedding photo (ddr-densho-24-7)
img Wedding photo (ddr-densho-24-7)
Sawano Hamamoto (19 yrs) & Bunshiro Tazuma (30 yrs).
Japanese wedding (ddr-densho-26-257)
img Japanese wedding (ddr-densho-26-257)
Jan-ichiro Tsukeimoto and Tsuneko - written on post-it note affixed to inside cover.
Japanese American wedding party (ddr-densho-26-288)
img Japanese American wedding party (ddr-densho-26-288)
Includes a post-it reading "Moriyama Takadano Baba Tokyo", also includes what is probably a diagram naming the people in accordance to location in the photo on page 2.
Japanese American bride and groom (ddr-densho-26-291)
img Japanese American bride and groom (ddr-densho-26-291)
Includes a post-it that reads "June 10, 1930 Sugimoto Ehogeru Ayako"
Wedding reception (ddr-densho-34-88)
img Wedding reception (ddr-densho-34-88)
This wedding reception was for Hisa and Jim Matsudaira. Left to right: Mr. Kusako, Rob Nakata, Sets Omoto, Yuki Omoto, Fusako Horishige, Pauline Nakata, Alice Okano and Mrs. Shigeko Kitamoto (seated).
Wedding (ddr-densho-109-53)
img Wedding (ddr-densho-109-53)
This photo is of the first Buddhist wedding in Tacoma, Washington.