Religion and churches

Religion and churches played an important role in the formation and development of West Coast Japanese American communities. While Buddhism is frequently seen as most prominent, Christianity was also influential. Initially focused on helping new male immigrants adjust to life in the United States, churches soon began catering to increasing numbers of families. By the mid-1930s, Japanese Americans' religious affiliations were split fairly evenly between Christianity and Buddhism.

Religion and churches (228)

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Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-168-21)
vh Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-168-21)
Active involvement in church music program; singing in the church choir
Mii Tai Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-186-7)
vh Mii Tai Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-186-7)
Involvement in the Methodist church while growing up

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.

An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
vh An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part I (ddr-csujad-29-59)
An oral history with Sumiye Takeno, a current resident of Denver, Colorado. This interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Takeno's incarceration and resettlement experience during World War II. Specifically, the interview covers her childhood in Florin, California, ...
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-122)
img Mission San Jose de Guadalupe (ddr-csujad-11-122)
Photographed are three people visiting the Mission San Jose de Guadalupe located in Fremont, California. From page 45 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_45_003
Bulletin of the First Congregational Church, 1943 June 20 (ddr-csujad-20-26)
doc Bulletin of the First Congregational Church, 1943 June 20 (ddr-csujad-20-26)
Bulletin of the First Congregational Church announcing a forthcoming address entitled "When Japan Attacks". See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-47_01
Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
doc Personality cards (ddr-csujad-26-43)
Journal entries written by high school students discussing their observations and perspectives on a variety of topics including family interactions, memories, homesickness, friendships, social interactions, school, self-reflection, juvenile delinquency, peer behaviors, death, religion, opinions, and worldviews. Each entry includes the full date and student name. The entries were part of a class assignment and collected for ...
Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
doc Helen Hasegawa (ddr-csujad-8-17)
Oral history interview with Helen Hasegawa. 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 Hasegawa, Helen
Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
doc Takano Okajima (ddr-csujad-8-56)
Oral history interview with Takano Okajima. 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 Okajima, Takano
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 15 (April 21, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-15)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 74, No. 15 (April 21, 1972) (ddr-pc-44-15)
Selected article titles: "Invitation to Foreign Minister Protested" (p.1), "Melting-Pot Theory Subtle Form of Bias, Methodist Bishops Told" (p.1), "'Computerized Buddhism' Ambitious Goal of N.Y. Institute on Religions" (p.3), "NBC Schoked by 55 Hate Calls in Ten Minutes" (p.6).
George Yamada Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-187-11)
vh George Yamada Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-187-11)
The role of Christianity in the prewar Spokane community

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.

Young people's church gathering (ddr-densho-259-282)
img Young people's church gathering (ddr-densho-259-282)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Some sort of young Nisei gathering taken in front of the Hood River Riverside Church, a Congregational church Since both the Reverends Lester Bond, the then-pastor at Riverside, and Taro Goto are shown, I figure that this was some sort of a young peoples' church gathering, mostly likely a YPCC [Young People's ...
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-336)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-287)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-287)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A sectional Young People's Christian Conference (YPCC) which was held in Yakima, WA, February 23, 1935."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-338)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-197)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-197)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and ...
Portrait of an Issei minister (ddr-densho-259-143)
img Portrait of an Issei minister (ddr-densho-259-143)
Portrait of the Revered Isaac Inouye. Caption by Homer Yasui: "Some vandal (and as I remember it, that vandal was Shu [Yasui]) had drawn two ink lines along the mouth creases of the good Reverend. Shu and the Rev. didn't get along too well."
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-237)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-237)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "St. Marks Church in Hood River, showing [Masuo Yasui], several Issei men, a Caucasian minister, and remarkably, a Japanese minister not Isaac Inouye. St. Marks was either a Catholic or Episcopalian church--or maybe it was a Lutheran church. In any event, the two clerics are wearing their collars backwards, as Catholic and ...
img "Issei Christian church gathering" (ddr-densho-259-543)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A very large Issei Christian church gathering in Toppenish, Washington."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-304)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-304)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Another posed group of YPCC [Young People's Christian Conference] attendees this time in Hood River, and taken in front of the Hood River High School auditorium."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-335)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
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