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 (231)

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Buddist Church Garden (ddr-jamsj-1-1)
img Buddist Church Garden (ddr-jamsj-1-1)
The Association helped landscape the Buddist Church in 1958
Shrine (ddr-densho-359-58)
img Shrine (ddr-densho-359-58)
A landscape photograph of a shrine above a body of water.
Baby at shrine (ddr-densho-359-853)
img Baby at shrine (ddr-densho-359-853)
The caption in the album is written in Japanese.
Bridge into shrine (ddr-densho-359-107)
img Bridge into shrine (ddr-densho-359-107)
Caption in Japanese in the bottom left hand corner.
Florence Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-236)
img Florence Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-236)
Florence Cathedral, or the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence, Italy.
Milan Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-440)
img Milan Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-440)
Caption on reverse: "Cathedral in Milano Italy. 3rd largest in the world."