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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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
Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-8-7)
vh Kay Uno Kaneko - Hana Shepard - Mae Matsuzaki Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1007-8-7)
Father's early life in the United States

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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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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
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