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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Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I think that this gathering took place in front of what was then called the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church, in Portland I suspect that this was a YPCC--Young People's Christian Conference--because many of the Nisei are wearing identification badges."
Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
img Issei men in front of Buddhist church (ddr-densho-259-330)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "39-40 Issei men sitting in chairs in front of what surely must have been a Buddhist church in Portland. The swastika on the door indicates that this was a Buddhist temple. I suspect that these men were members of the Nipponjin Kai--sometimes called the Nihonjin Kai--Japanese Association."
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."
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-262)
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 ...
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
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 ...
Reverend of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church (ddr-densho-259-26)
img Reverend of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church (ddr-densho-259-26)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Reverend Seijiro and Mrs. Hana Uemura Rev. Uemura was the pastor of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland in the 1920s Some Portland Nisei still talk about the old 'me-kyokai' Kyokai in this instance meant church, but the 'me' meant the Methodist Episcopal, which was abbreviated M.E. and read as ...
Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
img Japanese American and white men and boys at St. Marks church (ddr-densho-259-110)
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 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."
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 ...
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 ...
Group portrait in front of torii in Japan (ddr-densho-259-292)
img Group portrait in front of torii in Japan (ddr-densho-259-292)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Large number of Japan relatives (my guess) with Michi [Yasui]. There's a fairly large torii [gate] in the background and what seems to be ongoing construction of a mon (Japanese entrance gate)."
img "Issei Christian church gathering" (ddr-densho-259-543)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A very large Issei Christian church gathering in Toppenish, Washington."
img "Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church" (ddr-densho-259-337)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Group of Issei men posed in front of Buddhist church. Most probably members of Nipponjin Kai."
Issei missionary (ddr-densho-259-243)
img Issei missionary (ddr-densho-259-243)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Rev. Niisato, missionary--he once prayed for our dog Mike who had eye problems."
img "The Hood River Japanese Methodist Church Camp" (ddr-densho-259-285)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Hood River Japanese Methodist Church Camp at Tilly Jane Campground in the Mount Hood National Forest We actually camped out in tents then, and the supplies had to be hauled across the Tilly Jane Creek canyon on a cable car [This picture] includes Raymond Hiroshige (a U of O college classmate ...
Portrait of Caucasian pastor and his family (ddr-densho-259-389)
img Portrait of Caucasian pastor and his family (ddr-densho-259-389)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of a Caucasian family On the back of the picture, it says that 'This photo has [sic] presented from Mrs. N Evans Rev. Evans was a pastor of the Methodist Church, and he has apointed [sic] as the pastor of Pendel Aug. 1901.'"
Young People's Christian Conference (photocopy) (ddr-densho-259-286)
img Young People's Christian Conference (photocopy) (ddr-densho-259-286)
Photocopy. Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group photo of many young Nisei This surely must have been another YPCC gathering this conference likely took place at a church in Portland."
Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
img Hood River Japanese Farmers Association (ddr-densho-259-363)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "A large group of Issei men and women, some with their children, and all formally dressed, in front of a stone church. This was the Riverside Church, which is a Congregational church, and it still stands in Hood River. I think that this has a connection with a memorial service which the ...
Gateway to Shinagawa Shrine (ddr-densho-299-219)
img Gateway to Shinagawa Shrine (ddr-densho-299-219)
Caption: "Torii or gateway to Shinagawa Shrine. Completed 1636 after 12 years of labor by 15,000 men"
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 5 (February 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-5)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 104, No. 5 (February 6, 1987) (ddr-pc-59-5)
Selected article titles: "Redress Co-Sponsor Sala Burton Dies at 61" (pp. 1, 3), "'Altar of Peace' a Labor of Love for JA Woodworker" (pp. 1-2), "Broadcaster's Remarks Sparked Controversy: Philadelphia's Blacks, Asians Start Dialogue" (p. 2), and "INS Official Explains Details of New Immigration Rules" (p. 10).
View of Kanda Ward and Nicholai Cathedral (ddr-densho-381-95)
img View of Kanda Ward and Nicholai Cathedral (ddr-densho-381-95)
Caption: 42. In the vicinity of Kanda Ward,Nishiki cho 1,2,3 chome (In the distance is Kanda's Nicholai Cathedral) Feb.25,1945 (Kanda ku Nishiki cho ichi, ni, san chome fukin (Enbo Kanda Nikolaido) Showa niju nen nigatsu nijugo nichi)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 13 (March 25, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-13)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 50, No. 13 (March 25, 1960) (ddr-pc-32-13)
Select article titles: "Ike's immigration bill hailed as 'step in right direction'" (p. 1); "JACL Accepts Invitation for White House Conference on Youth" (p.1); "Son of Shinto priest becomes convert of Judaism after lifetime study of Old Testament, assisted Jewish refugees flee Nazi terror" (p.3); "Yoshino, Masaoka named delegates to civil liberties meet" (p.8)
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 24 (December 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-49)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 24 (December 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-49)
Selected article titles: "'Under God' Pledge Test Wins in Court" (p.1-2), "Prop. 14 Roadblock against Urban Renewal Projects in California Partly Removed" (p.1), "Freedom Worker Marilyn" (p.1-2), "Johnson's 'Great Society'" (p.2), "$7-Million Playland Projected by Nisei" (p.3), "Urge Formation of Youth Council in Pacific N.W." (p.4).
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