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 (229)

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Mii Tai Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-186-7)
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Involvement in the Methodist church while growing up

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.

Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-168-23)
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Discussion about the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church in Seattle
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
Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-168-21)
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Active involvement in church music program; singing in the church choir
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-98-7)
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Activities at Seattle's Japanese Baptist Church: cooking classes, sports, the Young Peoples Christian Conference, and prayers for peace
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-112-2)
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Description of the Seattle Buddhist Temple's social activities (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-111-27)
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Moving the Seattle Buddhist Temple to a new location (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview II Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-112-31)
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The Seattle Buddhist Temple becomes Betsuin in 1954 (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-111-20)
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Husband's job as a minister at the Seattle Buddhist Temple (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-111-12)
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Participating in the Buddhist temple in Fresno, California (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview.

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.

Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-192-18)
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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.

Sumi Okamoto Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-192-6)
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Memories of prewar 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.

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 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
Paul Nagano Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-65-13)
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Nisei join Christian churches in large numbers, seeking a support and social group postwar
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
Paul Nagano Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-65-14)
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Role of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple in providing housing and serving the community during the postwar resettlement period
Paul Nagano Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-65-1)
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Issei immigrants embrace Christianity as part of effort to assimilate into dominant culture
Paul Nagano Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-65-3)
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Family's religious background and joining a Japanese Baptist church as a young boy
Paul Nagano Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-65-2)
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Formation and growth of prewar Japanese Christian churches
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