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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Mara Mihara Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-194-2)
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Influence of Christianity on Spokane's Japanese immigrants

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.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview III Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-125-1)
Working on race relations within the Church Council of Greater Seattle during early 1960s

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

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).
Paul Nagano Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-65-12)
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Re-establishing Japanese Christian churches on West Coast during the postwar resettlement period
Paul Nagano Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-65-4)
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Japanese churches: blending of Japanese traditions with Christian worship and church life
Asano Terao Interview I Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-108-42)
vh Asano Terao Interview I Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-108-42)
Changing religions from Jodo Shinshu to Nichiren Buddhist (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese and was translated so as to convey Mrs. Terao's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes some grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through similar grammatical errors in English in order ...

Ryo Imamura Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-27-30)
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Discussion of prewar discrimination against Buddhists and social pressures to convert to Christianity
Ryo Imamura Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-27-11)
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Evolution and adaptation within the Japanese American Buddhist Church: the challenge of introducing new ideas and practices into existing traditions and rituals
Ryo Imamura Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-27-15)
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Reflecting on the need for a broader, more inclusive vision of Buddhism, father's influence
Ryo Imamura Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-27-6)
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Role of early Buddhist ministers as community leaders, advocating social justice
Ryo Imamura Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-27-2)
vh Ryo Imamura Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-27-2)
Parents' backgrounds, a family history revolving around the Buddhist ministry
Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-192-18)
vh Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-192-18)
Thoughts on evolution of Spokane's Methodist church

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.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 11 (September 10, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-37)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 61, No. 11 (September 10, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-37)
Selected article titles: "EDC-MDC Convention Smoothest Ever" (p.1-2), "Spirit of Ecumenism in Little Tokio" (p.1), "Senate Immigration Bill" (p.2), "Face the Facts; It's Dramatic License" (p.4).
Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee (ddr-csujad-8-59)
doc Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee (ddr-csujad-8-59)
Oral history interview with Mr. Jiro Omata and Mrs. Tsune Lee. 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 Omata, Mr Jiro and Lee, Mrs Tsune
Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
doc Shig Domoto (ddr-csujad-8-9)
Oral history interview with Shig Domoto. 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 Domoto, Shig
Mrs. Shinobu Mikami (ddr-csujad-8-41)
doc Mrs. Shinobu Mikami (ddr-csujad-8-41)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Shinobu Mikami. 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 Mikami, Mrs Shinobu
An Oral History with John Yukio Mori (ddr-csujad-29-2)
av An Oral History with John Yukio Mori (ddr-csujad-29-2)
A Sansei and conscientious objector to the Vietnam war discusses alternate service as partner in Amerasia Bookstore, a nonprofit organization serving Los Angeles's Little Tokyo; activities in Young Buddhist Association; parent's reaction to his current life-style; and long term effect of World War II incarceration. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese Oral History Project ...
An Oral History with Craig Kei Ihara (ddr-csujad-29-1)
av An Oral History with Craig Kei Ihara (ddr-csujad-29-1)
Oral history with Craig Kei Ihara, Sansei and California State University, Fullerton philosophy professor, born at the Rohwer incarceration camp, Arkansas discusses family history, focusing on religion, education, aspirations, and cultural heritage; and recent overnight stay at old Rohwer campsite. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project for the Center for ...
Reverend Tokuno (ddr-csujad-11-132)
img Reverend Tokuno (ddr-csujad-11-132)
A photograph of a man and woman. The man in the photograph is identified as Reverend Tokuno. From page 48 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_48_007
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