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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Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-12)
img Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-12)
A wedding party stands in front of an arch of greenery. Seiso and Kimiko Bitow are on the back row, first and second from the right. On the bottom right corner of the photograph is a mark for Takano Studio, Seattle.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-40)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-40)
A bride and groom pose in their wedding attire in front of three large floral arrangements. The bride wears a dress with a large train and holds a small bouquet. The groom wears a dark suit with a bow tie.
Seiso Bitow stands at a wedding banquet table (ddr-densho-395-14)
img Seiso Bitow stands at a wedding banquet table (ddr-densho-395-14)
Seiso Bitow stands at a banquet table, likely about to give a speech, while the bride, groom, and other guests look on.
Wedding party stands in front of a shrine (ddr-densho-395-5)
img Wedding party stands in front of a shrine (ddr-densho-395-5)
A large wedding party stands in front of a shrine, possibly at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Seiso Bitow stands on the back row, second from the right.
Seated bride and groom with guests (ddr-densho-395-3)
img Seated bride and groom with guests (ddr-densho-395-3)
A bride, groom, and several guests are seated in front of a wood panel wall with multiple flower arrangements in the background.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-17)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-17)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire. The bride holds a bouquet of dark flowers with cascading ribbons and wears a fingertip length veil . The groom wears a dark suit with a polka dot tie and a matching dark flower boutonniere. Written on front: Erma B. E. T. Wilson.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-27)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-27)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire. The bride wears a lacy, off-the-shoulder dress and holds a bouquet of lilies. The groom is in black tie attire.
Mr. and Mrs. Kamura on their wedding day (ddr-densho-395-8)
img Mr. and Mrs. Kamura on their wedding day (ddr-densho-395-8)
Mr. and Mrs. Kamura pose for the camera in their wedding attire. Mr. Kamura is in black tie attire. Mrs. Kamura holds an elaborate bouquet with cascading ribbons. Written on front: Most Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kamura.
Kamura wedding party (ddr-densho-395-7)
img Kamura wedding party (ddr-densho-395-7)
The Kamura wedding party sits in front of a shrine, possibly at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Seiso Bitow stands in the back row, third from the right. Written on front: Most Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kamura.
Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-18)
img Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-18)
A large wedding party stands in front of a shrine. Seiso and Kimiko Bitow are on the back row, fourth and fifth from the left.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-28)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-28)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire besides several floral arrangements. The bride wears a dress with a high, collared neckline and a bouquet with cascading ribbons. The groom wears a dark suit with a bow tie.
Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-2)
img Wedding party (ddr-densho-395-2)
A wedding party stands in front of a wood panel wall and multiple palm trees. Seiso Bitow is on the front row, fourth from the left. Kimiko Bitow is on the back row, first from the right.
Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-9)
img Bride and groom (ddr-densho-395-9)
A bride and groom pose for the camera in their wedding attire. The groom wears black tie attire. The bride holds a large bouquet of roses and ferns.
Photo of couple dancing (ddr-densho-399-23)
img Photo of couple dancing (ddr-densho-399-23)
"Wedding 1953 / Kuniko (Sumi) (Tanforan/Topaz Internee) and George Kazuo Tamaki (Heart Mountain Internee)"
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 14, 1945 from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Via air mail" is written boldly on the envelope.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 22, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-92)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 22, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-92)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 22, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 22, 1945 from De Kalb, Illinois.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-116)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Chiyeko Akahoshi (January 19, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 20, 1945 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 26, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-42)
doc Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 26, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-42)
Engagement greeting card written by Mary Murakami to Molly Wilson. White/pink card with illustration in pink/green of a bouquet of pink roses tied together with a piece of white ribbon. "An engagement wish for your future happiness" is on the front of card. Envelope is postmarked January 26, 1945 from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from  Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (October 8, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-48)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (October 8, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-48)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (October 8, 1943). Envelope is postmarked October 9, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 29, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-80)
doc Engagement greeting card (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Violet Saito (January 29, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-80)
Engagement greeting card written by Violet Saito to Mollie Wilson. White/pink card with illustration in pink/green of a bouquet of pink roses tied together with a piece of white ribbon. "An engagement wish for your future happiness" is on the front of card. Envelope is postmarked January 29, 1945 from Chicago, Illinois.
Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-99)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-99)
Caption: "Rev. & Mrs. S. Nagatomi / Mr. & Mrs. H.K. Nakao / Dec. 27, 1943."
Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-98)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-manz-4-98)
Caption: "Rev. & Mrs. S. Nagatomi / Mr. & Mrs. H.K. Nakao / Dec. 27, 1943."
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