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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Cookie Takeshita Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-465-1)
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Father's family background, getting into the gardening business
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
May Ota Higa Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-174-1)
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Father's immigration story: illegally entering U.S. as a contract laborer
Elsie Uyematsu Osajima Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-451-1)
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Parents' family backgrounds: father immigrated to the United States as a student
Jimi Yamaichi Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-106-1)
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Family's arrival in the U.S., early jobs as fruit picker, houseboy
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
Yae Wada Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-476-1)
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Father's family background: establishing a laundry business
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
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.

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.

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
Frank Konishi Interview Segment 27 (ddr-manz-1-25-27)
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Grandfather's travels to the United States from South America, description of homemade senbei maker
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