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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Tom Akashi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-164-3)
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After immigrating to the United States, father attends school to learn English, then graduates from college in three years
Floyd Shimomura Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-466-3)
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Grandparents' arranged marriage and running a boarding house
Louise Kashino Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-31-1)
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Family background: working odd jobs around Washington state

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Floyd Shimomura Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-466-2)
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Grandfather's family background: working in the U.S. as a sharecropper
Michiko Frances Chikahisa Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-347-4)
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Mother's arrival in the U.S. as a "picture bride"

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Amy Iwasaki Mass Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-470-1)
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Family background: immigration to Seattle, then moved to Los Angeles
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-273-3)
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Mother's arrival in the U.S. as a "picture bride": "it was a shock for her"

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James Yamazaki Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1000-175-3)
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Father's arrival in the U.S.: an atypical immigrant

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Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-143-2)
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Family background: mother came as "picture bride" to join prospective husband in U.S.
Clara S. Hattori Interview I Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-426-5)
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Mother's arrival in the United States, having to wear American clothes
Homer Yasui Interview II Segment 4 (ddr-one-7-27-4)
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Description of the "picture bride" system

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