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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Joseph Norio Uemura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1014-3-6)
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Father's work as a pastor in Spokane, Washington, and Portland, Oregon
An Oral History with Sumiye Takeno, Part II - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-60-1)
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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 Sumiye Takeno, Part I - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-59-1)
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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, …
Victor Ikeda Interview Segment 16 (ddr-manz-1-23-16)
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The role of the churches in Seattle's Japanese American community
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-7)
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Attending Buddhist church as a child

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Dave Tatsuno Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-6-7)
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Prewar activities: YMCA and church groups

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Etsuko Ichikawa Osaki Interview Segment 2 (ddr-one-7-56-2)
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Growing up as the daughter of a prominent Buddhist minister

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of …

Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-98-3)
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First exposure to the Baptist religion, memories of being "gathered" up for nursery school
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-123-6)
Enjoying family atmosphere of Epworth Methodist Church's Japanese American congregation

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

Tsuguo
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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.

Ryo Imamura Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-27-19)
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Buddhist philosophy of non-attachment to "forms": Buddhist 442nd soldiers' acceptance of a Christian chaplain
Ryo Imamura Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-27-8)
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Similarities and differences between Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Judeo-Christianity
Ryo Imamura Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-27-10)
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Similarities and differences between Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and Judeo-Christianity; Japanese American Buddhists' values: understated, anonymous service
Ryo Imamura Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-27-31)
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Present day relations between Japanese American Christian community and Japanese American Buddhist community
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 4 (ddr-densho-1000-27-4)
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Contrasting role of prewar Buddhist churches with those of today
Ryo Imamura Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-27-14)
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Discussion of increasing Caucasian membership in Buddhist churches
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
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