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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Florence Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-236)
img Florence Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-236)
Florence Cathedral, or the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence, Italy.
Milan Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-440)
img Milan Cathedral (ddr-densho-201-440)
Caption on reverse: "Cathedral in Milano Italy. 3rd largest in the world."
img "Davos Church" (ddr-densho-201-245)
Church spire. Caption on front: "Davos Church."
Reverend of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church (ddr-densho-259-26)
img Reverend of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church (ddr-densho-259-26)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Reverend Seijiro and Mrs. Hana Uemura Rev. Uemura was the pastor of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland in the 1920s Some Portland Nisei still talk about the old 'me-kyokai' Kyokai in this instance meant church, but the 'me' meant the Methodist Episcopal, which was abbreviated M.E. and read as ...
Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-259-151)
img Issei minister and family (ddr-densho-259-151)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "The Reverend Seijiro and Mrs. Hana Uyemura [Uemura], with their first 3 children: Lillian, Margaret & Frances, Rev. Uemura was a well known Issei Methodist minister who knew our family well."
Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church of Portland (ddr-densho-259-307)
img Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church of Portland (ddr-densho-259-307)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group of members of the Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church of Portland. This old church was actually a remodeled home and it was located near 16th Avenue and Glisan Street."
Issei members of Portland Methodist church (ddr-densho-259-306)
img Issei members of Portland Methodist church (ddr-densho-259-306)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Posed group of Issei members of the Epworth Methodist Church in Portland. The ministers at the time were Rev. Osuga and Rev. Frank Iritani."
White missionary family (ddr-densho-259-170)
img White missionary family (ddr-densho-259-170)
Caption by Yuka Yasui: "Missionary family from Hood River. Went to the Phillipines." Caption by Homer Yasui: "This is the Landis family, whom we knew years ago in Hood River."
Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
img Young People's Christian Conference (ddr-densho-259-365)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "I think that this gathering took place in front of what was then called the Centenary Wilbur Methodist Church, in Portland I suspect that this was a YPCC--Young People's Christian Conference--because many of the Nisei are wearing identification badges."
Portrait of Caucasian pastor and his family (ddr-densho-259-389)
img Portrait of Caucasian pastor and his family (ddr-densho-259-389)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Portrait of a Caucasian family On the back of the picture, it says that 'This photo has [sic] presented from Mrs. N Evans Rev. Evans was a pastor of the Methodist Church, and he has apointed [sic] as the pastor of Pendel Aug. 1901.'"
The Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-densho-36-45)
img The Seattle Buddhist Church (ddr-densho-36-45)
The Seattle Buddhist Church was located at 1020 South Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) area.
Seattle Buddhist Church altar (ddr-densho-38-1)
img Seattle Buddhist Church altar (ddr-densho-38-1)
Altar of the Seattle Buddhist Church, which was located at 1020 Main Street in Seattle's Nihonmachi area. The Seattle Buddhist Church is now known as the Seattle Buddhist Temple and is currently located at 1427 South Main Street.
Muneage ceremony (ddr-densho-38-6)
img Muneage ceremony (ddr-densho-38-6)
This building at 1427 South Main Street was the second location of the Seattle Buddhist Church. During the muneage ceremony, mochi (Japanese rice cakes) were thrown to church members from the scaffold.
Card from the American Friends Service Committee (ddr-manz-4-14)
doc Card from the American Friends Service Committee (ddr-manz-4-14)
Caption: "With the good wishes of the / American Friends Service Committee / (Quakers) / 20 South 12th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."
The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 9 (January 31, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-270)
doc The Northwest Times Vol. 5 No. 9 (January 31, 1951) (ddr-densho-229-270)
"Father Murphy Appeals to the Nisei" (p. 1), "Northwest District Council Sets Conclave for Labor Day Holidays; Seattle to be Host" (p. 1).
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
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-111-20)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-111-20)
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.

Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 10 (September 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-36)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 59, Vol. 10 (September 4, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-36)
Selected article titles: "BCA Ministers Stand Firm on 'No' Vote on 14" (p.1), "I&NS Records Show 42,980 Issei Citizens" (p.1), "In Not-too-Distant Future Dan May Be U.S. 'Veep' Candidate" (p.1), "Chicago JACL Offers Adult Nihongo Class" (p.4), "Yen Deposit Claims Attorney Visits D.C." (p.4).
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