The journey

The Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) crossed the Pacific in crowded steamships for the two-week journey to the West Coast of the United States. Thousands of immigrants left Japan from Yokohama Harbor outside Tokyo and entered the U.S. at Angel Island, the immigration station in San Francisco Bay. The immigrants were examined and inoculated for communicable diseases upon boarding and examined again upon arrival. Because it took time to obtain a visa and the necessary health clearances, the journey from one's hometown in Japan could extend up to a month.

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Japanese family on a ship to America (ddr-densho-259-122)
img Japanese family on a ship to America (ddr-densho-259-122)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Picture of [Renichi Fujimoto] and [Matsuyo Fujimoto] and another Japanese man, standing on the deck of a ship. Since Obasan is wearing a kimono, this must have been taken when she left for American with [Renichi, her husband]. They arrived in Seattle on March 10, 1931."
Issei man on a train (ddr-densho-259-460)
img Issei man on a train (ddr-densho-259-460)
Renichi Fujimoto on a train, preparing for a journey to Japan to return with his wife, Matsuyo.
Issei man preparing for journey to Japan (ddr-densho-259-458)
img Issei man preparing for journey to Japan (ddr-densho-259-458)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Can [Renichi Fujimoto] and Ches [Tsuyoshi Yasui] at the Hood River railroad station, where Chan left for Japan in late 1929 to get his wife, Matsuyo."
Issei man and children at train station (ddr-densho-259-195)
img Issei man and children at train station (ddr-densho-259-195)
Caption by Homer Yasui: "Min[oru], Michi, Roku, Shu, Homer & Yuka standing with Chan [Renichi Fujimoto] at the Hood River train depot. This was probably taken in the winter of 1929, when Chan went back to Japan to bring Obasan [Matsuyo Fujimoto] home to Hood River."
Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
doc Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa (ddr-csujad-8-34)
Oral history interview with Heiji and Chiyoko Kurakawa. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Kurakawa, Heiji and Chiyoko
Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
doc Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
Oral history interview with Hatsu Mochizuki. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Mochizuki, Hatsu
Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
doc Kazuye Matsunaga (ddr-csujad-8-38)
Oral history interview with Kazuye [Kazue] Matsunaga. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Matsunaga, Kazuye
Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
doc Background for the Relocation Program (ddr-csujad-19-34)
This is the Background for the Relocation program prepared for information of Staff of the War Relocation Authority. It also describes the early Japanese migration to the United States and some of the economic and social aspects of American Japanese Life. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-22_02
Japanese in our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-81)
doc Japanese in our Midst (ddr-csujad-19-81)
This document, "prepared and published under the auspices of the Colorado Council of Churches," describes the background of the situation when the Japanese first started to come to the United States in considerable numbers, evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans and the concentration of Japanese Americans on the West Coast. It also discusses about the three …
An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
av An Oral History with J.S. Kishiyama and Y. Kishiyama (ddr-csujad-29-3)
Reflections of an elderly Orange County, California couple on their experiences in America. He recounts his years as an immigrant; she discusses her family background, makeup of Japanese-American community, and rural living. This oral history was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project, Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton; interview conducted by Pat Morgan. …
Imperial Japanese Government passport = 日本帝國海外旅券, Koyuta Masukawa (ddr-csujad-38-536)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport = 日本帝國海外旅券, Koyuta Masukawa (ddr-csujad-38-536)
A Japanese passport issued for Koyuta Masukawa from Hiroshima, Japan. English and French translations attached. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_03_001
Imperial Japanese Government passport, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-1)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport, Itsuhei Takano (ddr-csujad-42-1)
A Japanese passport issued for Itsuhei Takano from Yamanashi, Japan. English and French translations attached. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_01_001
Letter from Kamekichi Nakano to Mr. S. Okine, [February?], 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-255)
doc Letter from Kamekichi Nakano to Mr. S. Okine, [February?], 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-255)
A letter from Sueno Nakano in Hiroshima, Japan to her sister, Tomeyo Okine. The letter is mailed under her husband's name, Kamekichi Nakano. In the letter, Sueno laments her struggles and grieves for the losses of Sunada family members [Tomeyo and Sueno's parent's family]. In losing their four brothers, Sueno takes over the responsibilities for the …
Letter from Kamekichi and Sueno Nakano to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, June [9?] 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-251)
doc Letter from Kamekichi and Sueno Nakano to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, June [9?] 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-251)
A letter from Kamekichi and Sueno Nakano in Hiroshima, Japan to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. The letter is singed by both Kamekichi and Sueno, but it appears that it is written by Sueno Nakano. In the letter, Sueno notes that her requested items have arrived and thanks the Okines for them. She has shared tobacco and …
Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, May 17, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-256)
doc Letter from Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, May 17, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-256)
A letter from Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan to his brother-in-law, Seiichi Okine. He thanks the Okines for the letter, the tobacco, and ajinomoto brought by the Nakano family. He also thanks Hatsuno Hotty Befu for the gifts. He informs that his daughter, Fumiko, has left for the U.S., but it is not clear when he …
Letter from Osaka Shosen Kabushiki Kaisha to Sei Hamada, May 10, 1954 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-294)
doc Letter from Osaka Shosen Kabushiki Kaisha to Sei Hamada, May 10, 1954 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-294)
A letter from Osaka Shosen Kabushiki Kaisha Yokohama Branch to Sei Hamada. It informs that they processed Sei's request for canceling Arasuka Maru and booking SS President Cleveland operated by A.P.L. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_27_001
Letter from American President Lines to Mrs. Sei Hamada and Miss Miyoko Yasuda, May 14, 1954 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-298)
doc Letter from American President Lines to Mrs. Sei Hamada and Miss Miyoko Yasuda, May 14, 1954 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-298)
Contains SS President Cleveland boarding information and a postcard with the illustration of the SS President Cleveland Wilson ship. It addresses Mrs. Sei Hamada and Miss Miyoko Yasuda in Tottori, Japan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_06_14_001-003
Letter from Shizuka [Nishimura] to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, July 3, [1948] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-252)
doc Letter from Shizuka [Nishimura] to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, July 3, [1948] [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-252)
A letter from Shizuka Nishimura to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. Shizuka informs that she has written to her father, Jokichi Yamanaka, about her sister Fumiko's reentry to the U.S., and that she will get back to the Okines once she hears from her father. She also shares her appreciation for their visit …
Letter from Tsukiyo Okasako to Seiichi Okine, July 1, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-282)
doc Letter from Tsukiyo Okasako to Seiichi Okine, July 1, 1948 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-282)
A letter from Tsukiyo Okasako in Hiroshima, Japan to her uncle and aunt, Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine. She thanks them for the gift and updates them briefly on her immediate family, including her mother and two sons. She also writes about Jokichi Yamanaka who is going to return to the U.S. once his reentry permit is …
Letters from Itsuko Nakatomi and Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, February 25, 1949 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-258)
doc Letters from Itsuko Nakatomi and Jokichi Yamanaka to Mr. S. Okine, February 25, 1949 [in Japanese] (ddr-csujad-5-258)
Contains two letters to Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine along with an envelope. The letters are written by Itsuko Nakatomi and Jokichi Yamanaka in Hiroshima, Japan respectively and enclosed into the same envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_02_88_001-003
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