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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Declaration of alien about to depart for the United States (ddr-csujad-55-2012)
doc Declaration of alien about to depart for the United States (ddr-csujad-55-2012)
Declaration form for Yosaku Yoneda's departure from Kobe, Japan to Sacramento, California. Includes list of references and photograph of Yoneda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2115
Imperial Japanese Government passport Yoneshiro Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2457)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport Yoneshiro Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2457)
A passport belonging to Yoneshiro Ono, no. 223754. Includes photograph of Ono and admittance stamp from the U.S. Immigration Service for arrival to the United States via the SS Alabama Maru. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2563
Noboru Shirai aboard Tatsuta Maru (ddr-csujad-55-1315)
img Noboru Shirai aboard Tatsuta Maru (ddr-csujad-55-1315)
Black and white photograph depicting Noboro Shirai with other passengers aboard the Tatsuta Maru bound for the United States. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1317
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
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
Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-11)
img Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-11)
Photographed are Japanese immigrant women in 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 2. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_02_010
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
Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-5)
img Japanese immigrant women to Peru (ddr-csujad-33-5)
A group photograph of Japanese immigrant women wearing 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_004
Noboru Shirai aboard Tatsuta Maru (ddr-csujad-55-1316)
img Noboru Shirai aboard Tatsuta Maru (ddr-csujad-55-1316)
Black and white photograph depicting Noboru Shirai standing next to a life preserver aboard the Tatsuta Maru bound for the United States. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1318
Imperial Japanese Government passport, Tome Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2458)
doc Imperial Japanese Government passport, Tome Ono (ddr-csujad-55-2458)
A passport belonging to Tome Ono, no. 223755. Includes photograph of Ono and admittance stamp from the U.S. Immigration Service for arrival to the United States via the SS Alabama Maru. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2564
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
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 …
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
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. …
Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
vh Jimmie Omura Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1002-11-1)
Family background: father was a stowaway at age nineteen on a ship from Japan to the U.S.

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in …

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
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