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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Frank Miyamoto Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-50-14)
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Role of Christian churches in the early Japanese American community
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-236-2)
vh Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-236-2)
Father's family background: seventeen generations of Buddhist ministers
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-236-9)
vh Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-236-9)
The completion of Seattle's new Buddhist temple building just before the onset of World War II
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-76-9)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-76-9)
Parents' prewar life, becoming Christian

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-152-7)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-152-7)
Attending Methodist church as a child in order to become more "Americanized"
Mas Akiyama Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-188-6)
vh Mas Akiyama Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-188-6)
Methodist influence in Spokane, Washington, prewar

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.

Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-38-6)
vh Spady Koyama Interview I Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-38-6)
Influence of the Methodist church on the Japanese American community in Spokane, Washington
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-84-8)
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Early involvement in church and the YMCA

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-84-12)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-84-12)
Participation in YWCA activities

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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.

Asano Terao Interview I Segment 42 (ddr-densho-1000-108-42)
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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 ...

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