Weddings

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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Weddings (438)

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Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-970)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-970)
The portrait is signed in the bottom right hand corner "Jackson Studio 10-1-33".
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-1045)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-1045)
Stamped in the bottom right hand corner "Takano Studio Seattle"
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-1135)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-1135)
The caption written in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph "Mr & Mrs Shoji Kanagawa Oct 5, 1952".
Wedding (ddr-densho-359-460)
img Wedding (ddr-densho-359-460)
Bride and groom walking down the aisle at the end of the wedding ceremony.
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-829)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-829)
The caption in the album is written in Japanese.
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-482)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-359-482)
Minoru and Chiyoko Okano pose for a wedding portrait. Written on bottom of photograph" Minoru and Chiyoko Okano Nov. 26, 1950 Shelton [WA]" and stamped on the back of the photograph "Que Chin Studio 620 Pine St. Seattle, Wash."
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-25)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-25)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire. The bride wears a dress with floral details and flowers in her hair. The groom wears a dark suit with a striped tie and boutonniere.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-41)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-41)
A portrait of a bride and groom wearing kimonos.
Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
doc Bitow photograph album (ddr-densho-395-1)
A collection of 111 photographs of community events and family portraits from the Bitow and Maeda families.
Wedding party sits in front of a shrine (ddr-densho-395-6)
img Wedding party sits in front of a shrine (ddr-densho-395-6)
A wedding party sits in front of a shrine, possibly at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Seiso Bitow stands in the center, next to the priest.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-21)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-21)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire. The groom is in white tie attire and holds his gloves in his hands. The bride wears a dress with ruching details and a long veil attached to a headpiece.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-48)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-48)
A bride and groom pose in their wedding attire in front of candelabra and floral arrangements. The bride wears a ruffled dress with a veil and headpiece. The groom wears a dark suit with a bow tie and boutonniere.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-49)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-49)
A bride and groom pose in their wedding attire. The bride wears a lacy dress with lace gloves. The groom wears a light suit with a geometric patterned tie.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-4)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-4)
A bride and groom pose for the camera on their wedding day. The groom wears a dark three-piece suit. The bride wears a pleated dress with a hat and her bouquet is pinned to her waist.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-26)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-26)
A bride and groom smile for the camera in their wedding attire. The bride wears a dress with lace trim at the collar and holds a bouquet of lilies. The groom is in black tie attire.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-23)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-23)
A bride and groom grin for the camera in front of floral arrangements. The groom is wearing black tie attire. The bride wears a dress with details around the collar and a bouquet of roses and other flowers.
Kamura bridal party (ddr-densho-395-10)
img Kamura bridal party (ddr-densho-395-10)
Mrs. Kamura stands with three bridesmaids, all in wedding attire with bouquets. Written on front: To Ikuko Bitow from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kamura.
Bride and groom cut their wedding cake (ddr-densho-395-13)
img Bride and groom cut their wedding cake (ddr-densho-395-13)
A bride and groom smile for the camera as they cut their wedding cake.
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