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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Matsuoka family history (ddr-densho-390-29)
doc Matsuoka family history (ddr-densho-390-29)
A document written in Japanese, with some English annotations, with important dates and names for the Matsuoka family.
Bessie Matsuoka's passenger inspection card (ddr-densho-390-9)
doc Bessie Matsuoka's passenger inspection card (ddr-densho-390-9)
Passengers inspection card for Haruko (Bessie) Matsuoka, on a voyage from Japan to the United States aboard the S.S. Persia Maru.
Steerage check ticket (ddr-densho-390-11)
doc Steerage check ticket (ddr-densho-390-11)
A steerage check ticket for Juyo Matsuoka's voyage on the S.S. Persia Maru from Nagasaki to San Francisco.
Bessie Matsuoka's inoculation certificate (ddr-densho-390-13)
doc Bessie Matsuoka's inoculation certificate (ddr-densho-390-13)
Certification that Haruko (Bessie) Matsuoka has been inoculated.
Passport document (ddr-densho-390-27)
doc Passport document (ddr-densho-390-27)
A document about Tomio (Harry) Matsuoka's passport, written in Japanese with some English annotations.
Certificate with decorative border (ddr-densho-390-30)
doc Certificate with decorative border (ddr-densho-390-30)
A certificate written in Japanese with a decorative border and stamp, possibly related to a Matsuoka family member's journey from Japan to the United States.
Bessie Matsuoka's inoculation certificate (ddr-densho-390-12)
doc Bessie Matsuoka's inoculation certificate (ddr-densho-390-12)
Certification that Haruko (Bessie) Matsuoka has been twice inoculated against cerebrospinal meningitis.
Juyo Matsuoka's passenger inspection card (ddr-densho-390-10)
doc Juyo Matsuoka's passenger inspection card (ddr-densho-390-10)
Passenger inspection card for Juyo Matsuoka, on a voyage from Japan to the United States aboard the S.S. Persia Maru.
Kiyoko and 3 men (ddr-densho-391-48)
img Kiyoko and 3 men (ddr-densho-391-48)
Photograph of Kiyoko (Maeda) Yoshioka on the deck of ship holding a lifebuoy surrounded by three men, one identified as Haruo Narita. Written on the back "3rd from left- Kiyoko (Maeda) Yoshioka and Haruo Narita."
Kiyoko on board Asama Maru (ddr-densho-391-42)
img Kiyoko on board Asama Maru (ddr-densho-391-42)
Photograph of 4 women posing on the deck of the Asama Maru with a lifebuoy with the ship's name written on it. Kiyoko (Maeda) Yoshioka is identified as the woman on the right in the back row. Written on the back "Asama Maru ship Okasan (Kiyoko Maeda) came on to America"
Posing with a lifebuoy (ddr-densho-391-8)
img Posing with a lifebuoy (ddr-densho-391-8)
Photograph of two men holding a lifebuoy knelt beside a railing.
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. …
Japanese immigrants to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-3)
img Japanese immigrants to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-3)
A group photograph of Japanese immigrants to Peru dressed in western clothes and kimonos. It appears to be taken on a passenger ship to Peru. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 1. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_01_002
Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-4)
img Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-4)
A group photograph of Japanese immigrant women wearing kimonos. It appears to be taken on a passenger ship to Peru. One of them is holding a baby. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 1. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_01_003
Japanese immigrant woman to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-6)
img Japanese immigrant woman to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-6)
A photograph of a Japanese immigrant woman wearing a kimono. It appears to be taken on a passenger ship to Peru. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 2. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_02_005
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