Terakawa Collection


The Terakawa Collection consists of four photograph albums created by Hanako Terakawa. Hanako's parents, Tadaichi and Yoni Yoshioka, immigrated from Japan and settled in Hayward, California in the early 1900's. In Hayward, they started a family and had five children. They owned a nursery and maintained several greenhouses built around 1913. The earliest photograph album primarily contains photographs of Hanako's high school friends, her brother Giichi, and picnics and others social events related to their Oakland Buddhist Church community. The Yoshioka siblings participated in the Young Men's and Women's Buddhist Association and their local Lumbini Club. Hanako Yoshioka married Reverend Tansai Terakawa in 1933 and moved with him to Stockton, California. Tansai Terakawa served as the reverend for the Stockton Buddhist Church until he moved to Kyoto, Japan for two years with his wife and daughter Hiroko. In Japan, Tansai and Hanako spent time with extended family and worked as leaders in the Pan-Pacific Buddhist community. Two of the photograph albums focus on the Terakawa family's life in Kyoto, including visiting family and friends, hosting church delegates from other countries, and participating in the 1934 Pan Pacific Conference in Tokyo before returning to California. During WWII, Hanako and Tansai, along with their three children were incarcerated in the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, and the Yoshioka family, were incarcerated in the Topaz concentration camp in Utah. Tansai and Hanako Terakawa helped establish a church community in Minidoka, where Tansai Terakawa served as reverend until he passed away in the camp. Hanako's brothers, Giichi, George, and Masaru, all served in the United States Army during WWII. Hanako Terakawa's sister, Yukie, was incarcerated in the Poston camp with her husband, Harry Goto, and two children. After the war, the combined Yoshioka and Terakawa families relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The final photograph album primarily contains photographs of the Yoshioka family, the Terakawa family, and the Goto family. The album also includes several photographs of the Topaz concentration camp, Tansai Terakawa's memorial service in camp, military portraits of the Yoshioka siblings, and their new home in Minneapolis after the war.

c. 1885-1980


4 photograph albums


Courtesy of the Terakawa Collection, Densho

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Photo album (ddr-densho-357-1)
img Photo album (ddr-densho-357-1)
This photo album with a black cover is tied with black string and contains 97 pages with 305 photographs. The bulk dates of the photographs are circa 1924-1929. The label taped to the front reads: "Hanako Yoshioka, Jan 1, 1928 Hayward Calif."\n\nThe album contains photographs of the Yoshioka family's greenhouses and nursery, Hanako Yoshioka (Terakawa) and …
Young Women's Buddhist Association (ddr-densho-357-2)
img Young Women's Buddhist Association (ddr-densho-357-2)
A large group attends English Service for the Young Women's Buddhist Association in Alameda, in the year of its founding. Blue stamp on the reverse with studio information: TSUJI PHOTO STUDIO 331 SIXTH ST. OAKLAND.
Car in snow (ddr-densho-357-3)
img Car in snow (ddr-densho-357-3)
A car is parked on a street curb, covered in a layer of snow.
Mr. Furuya and family (ddr-densho-357-4)
img Mr. Furuya and family (ddr-densho-357-4)
Mr. Furuya stands with six family members while eating treats.
Mr. Furuya and family (ddr-densho-357-5)
img Mr. Furuya and family (ddr-densho-357-5)
Mr. Furuya stands in the midddle of six family members laughing and begging for treats. Hanako Yoshioka Terakawa's caption: "Hungry and now!!!"
Bird Rock (ddr-densho-357-6)
img Bird Rock (ddr-densho-357-6)
People stand at the water's edge on the beach, with a view of Bird Rock in the distance.
Monterey Tea Gardens (ddr-densho-357-7)
img Monterey Tea Gardens (ddr-densho-357-7)
This photograph was taken while standing in a field of tea plants at the Tea Gardens in Monterey.
Coastal beach (ddr-densho-357-8)
img Coastal beach (ddr-densho-357-8)
This photograph was taken with a view of the Pacific Ocean from seaweed-covered rocks on the beach.
Pacific Ocean (ddr-densho-357-9)
img Pacific Ocean (ddr-densho-357-9)
Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash on a rocky beach.
Bird Rock (ddr-densho-357-10)
img Bird Rock (ddr-densho-357-10)
Bird Rock sits offshore in the Pacific Ocean.

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