Religion

Japanese Americans used religion as one way to handle the stress of the incarceration experience. Church served as both a spiritual comfort and a place for community gatherings. On Sundays, Buddhist and Christian services and Sunday schools were held in the recreation halls. State Shintoism was another popular religion within the Japanese American community but was banned by the U.S. government on the grounds that it included "Emperor worship." Church services initially were given in both Japanese and English, but camp authorities later banned the use of Japanese at all group gatherings (although translation into Japanese was later permitted at some religious services).

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Masao Murata in uniform (ddr-manz-4-20)
img Masao Murata in uniform (ddr-manz-4-20)
Caption: "To / Rev. Nagatomi / Sincerely yours, / Masao Murata / July 1st 1942."
Wedding in the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-182)
img Wedding in the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-182)
Caption: "To Rev. & Mrs. Nagatomi / Sincerely / Mr. & Mrs. [?] Ida / Dec. 4th, 1943."
Letter sent to Rev. Shinjo Nagatomi from Rev. E. Shigefuji (ddr-manz-4-17)
doc Letter sent to Rev. Shinjo Nagatomi from Rev. E. Shigefuji (ddr-manz-4-17)
Rev. E. Shigefuji thanking Rev. Nagatomi for sending a Bible. Also discussed, life in camp and his move from Lordsburg to Santa Fe.
Memo from Shinjo Nagatomi to David Bromley (ddr-manz-4-276)
doc Memo from Shinjo Nagatomi to David Bromley (ddr-manz-4-276)
Memo regarding Shinjo Nagatomi's ability to travel to review evacuee property stored at the San Francisco Buddhist Church.
Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-167)
doc Memo from the Manzanar Buddhist Church (ddr-manz-4-167)
Invitation to an "Appreciation Dinner and Entertainment Night."
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