Arrival

Labor contractors transported workers from Japan to work on Hawaiian sugar plantations. Many Japanese then emigrated to the mainland and worked for lumber companies, railroads, and canneries. In the early 1900s these immigrants began to establish families through the picture bride system (shashin-kekkon, literally "photograph marriage"). Immigrant bachelors sent photographs and information about themselves to go-betweens (baishakunin) who arranged meetings with the families in Japan. Marriage ceremonies took place in Japan (without bridegrooms), then the new brides traveled to the United States to join their husbands. Many arrived to discover that their husbands had misrepresented their appearances or situations.

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May Ota Higa Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-174-3)
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Mother's reluctance to immigrate to U.S., resourcefulness upon arrival
Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-451-1)
vh Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-451-1)
Parents' family backgrounds: father immigrated to the United States as a student
Ron Wakabayashi Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-460-1)
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Father's immigration story: jumping ship and crossing into the U.S. on foot
Fumiko M. Noji Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-72-2)
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Father's arrival in United States, working in a lumber camp
Yae Wada Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-476-1)
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Father's family background: establishing a laundry business
Yasashi Ichikawa Interview I Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-111-10)
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First impressions of Hawaii and San Francisco: relief at being allowed to use chopsticks (Japanese language)

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

Jimi Yamaichi Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-106-1)
vh Jimi Yamaichi Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-106-1)
Family's arrival in the U.S., early jobs as fruit picker, houseboy
Tokio Hirotaka - Toshio Ito - Joe Matsuzawa Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-23-3)
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Family background, Toshio Ito: father's arrival in the United States, working odd jobs in Seattle
Junkoh Harui Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-11-1)
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Orphaned and without work, father immigrates to Bainbridge Island, Washington and the "largest mill in the world..."

This interview was done outdoors in the Bainbridge Gardens Nursery which resulted in increased background noise and frequent interruptions by the business P.A. system.

Bob Suzuki Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-452-1)
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Father's family background: snuck into the U.S. as an illegal immigrant
Gene Akutsu Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-1-1)
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Immigrant parent's arrival in U.S. and means of making a living
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-68-5)
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Kay's family background: parents' arrival in the U.S., getting into farming
Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-309-2)
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Mother's immigration to the United States: becoming director of a shelter for "picture brides"

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views …

Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-152-1)
vh Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-152-1)
Family background: grandfather "jumped ship" on way to Mexico and landed in Seattle, Washington
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