A funeral at the Seattle Buddhist Church
Reverend Hoshin Fujii presiding over the funeral. Buddhism first came to Seattle in 1896, and when Rev. Fujii took over the Seattle Buddhist Temple in 1908, there were congregations looking to build temples in places as discrete as Auburn, Vancouver, B.C., Spokane, and Yakima. By 1908, the Seattle Temple housed a dormitory for boys and played host to a local Japanese Language School. During his fourteen years as minister in Seattle, Reverend Fujii officiated at the weddings of over 700 “boat brides” or picture brides, including the wedding of Frank and Kita Takagi in 1912.
Courtesy of David Perley