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.

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An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
doc An Oral History with Mitsuo Nitta (ddr-csujad-29-4)
Oral history with Nisei farmer/businessman from pioneering Orange County, California family gives prewar biographical information with emphasis on Japanese Americans in Orange County. Discusses World War II forced removal, experiences in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the role of the Japanese American Citizens League before and after World War II. This oral history was conducted …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-103)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-103)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
View of pools from temple (ddr-densho-363-101)
img View of pools from temple (ddr-densho-363-101)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Nisei woman at Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-102)
img Nisei woman at Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-102)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-100)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-100)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-284)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-284)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-123)
img Laie Hawaii Temple (ddr-densho-363-123)
A temple of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints located on the northeast shore of O'ahu. Pat Kuroda attended the 442nd Regimental Combat Team 10th Anniversary Reunion in Hawaii from July 27th to July 31st, 1953.
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.
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)
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