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.

The journey (37)

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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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
Family immigrating to the United States (ddr-densho-109-62)
img Family immigrating to the United States (ddr-densho-109-62)
The Mukai family is on the ship the Seattle Maru from Japan.
Minoru Yamaguchi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-127-2)
vh Minoru Yamaguchi Interview Segment 2 (ddr-manz-1-127-2)
Father's immigration story: walking across the U.S. border
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-111-9)
vh Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-111-9)
Description of the journey by boat to the United States (Japanese language)

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

Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-85-1)
vh Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-85-1)
Family's immigration route: from Hawaii to California to Japan to Seattle
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
Asano Terao Interview I Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-108-33)
vh Asano Terao Interview I Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-108-33)
Traveling to the U.S. on the same ship as "picture brides" (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 ...

Take Murayama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-110-3)
vh Take Murayama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-110-3)
Memories of the journey by boat to the U.S. (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. It was translated so as to convey Mrs. Murayama's way of speaking as closely as possible. For example, there are instances in which she makes grammatical errors. These mistakes are conveyed through similar grammatical errors in English ...

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
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
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.
Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-10-1)
vh Fumiko Uyeda Groves Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-10-1)
Grandfather's immigration story: entering through Canada, rowing over at night
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 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 ...
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 ...
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