A Treasure: 'Memorial Book of Japanese Families in U.S.A.'

By Harry Honda
Published May 16, 2008

This priceless volume is very heavy in weight featuring family pictures taken a year or two before publication. Except for three lines of English identifying families and place of residence, the text is entirely in Japanese.

The absence of Japanese families in Los Angeles and Southern California is conspicuous, so designed since this area was outside the newspaper's area of coverage. The Table of Contents shows 15 regions as follows:

1 - 75: San Francisco-Now historic photos of the 1930s of such groups as the New World Sun office, staff (Saburo Kido) and production area, 1618 Geary; Junior Floriculture Society of No. Calif. (63 faces), 171 Fifth St.; Japanese Art Goods Merchants Assn.; Japanese YWCA Fujinkai; S.F. Nihonjinkai Council; Japanese Salvation Army Headquarters, cor. Laguna and Geary

76 - 102: East Bay and Flower Growers-Z. Shibata, Mt. Eden; Y. Oshima, Richmond; J. Ninomiya, RFD Richmond; K. Honda, El Cerrito; S. Neishi, Oakland; M. Shinoda, San Leandro; K. Inouye and S. Inouye, Redwood City; K. Okamura, Redwood City; Tom Yamane, Redwood City

103 - 133: Peninsula, San Jose, Gilroy-A. Takahashi, Menlo Park; T. Kumagai, Palo Alto; S. Hori, Mt. View; J. Ogata, Mt. View; Mitarai Brothers, Sunnyvale; K. Hatakeyama, Saratoga; K. Yamaichi, San Jose; K. Hirasaki, Gilroy; S. Kato, Gilroy

134 - 156: Monterey Peninsula, Salinas-G. Kajioka, Santa Cruz; T. Miyanaga, Salinas; H. Menda, Monterey; B. Torigoe, Watsonville

157 - 169: San Benito Valley-F. Sumida, Hollister; T. Kuramoto, San Juan Bautista

170 - 238: Sacramento-Iishima Beauty Shoppe on M Street; K. Matsutani, Rt. 5; S. Matsui; J. Okada, J. Sugiyama; Walter Tsukamoto (caption all in English), T. Yagi, Walnut Grove

239 - 266: San Joaquin Area-S. Ishimaru, Stockton; Niisaburo Aibara, Turlock; H. Hamaguchi, Livingston; U. Nishihara, Cressey

267 - 294: Northern California Region-The Kawaoka Brothers, Petaluma; S. Hinoki Colusa; (Mrs.) Majiu Uyesugi, Colusa

295 - 308: Central California Region-G. Fukushima, Dinuba; T. Hoshiko, Fresno; Y. Kanagawa, Sanger; K. Kimura (Rose Bottling Works), Fresno; H. Mochizuki, Madera; T. Taira, Fresno;  309 - 318: Nevada-S. Toyota, Mc Gill; T. Nakajima, Ely; Roy Muranaka of Nevada Consolidated Copper Co. (an open pit enterprise founded in 1906), Ruth

319 - 352: Utah-Boy Scout Troop 84; U. Terazawa, Salt Lake City; Floyd Mori's family - S. Mori, Murray; T. Tsukamoto, Ogden; G. Miyagishima, Roy; B. Tanaka, Tremonton; T. Amano, Helper

353 -  400: Idaho-H. Kurose, Twin Falls; R. Kawamura, Rt. 1, Pocatello; H. Hasegawa, Rt. 5, Idaho Falls; T. Morishita, Rt. 7,  Idaho Falls; K. Nukaya, Rt. 3, Idaho Falls; S. Hanami, Rt. 1, Rexburg; K. Odow, Rexburg

401 - 419: Nebraska-J. Hayano, Henry; B. Ikeya, Rt. 2, Minatare; T. Sakurada, Rt. 1, Scottsbluff

420 - 496: Colorado-F. Takamine, Denver; Y. Hishinuma, Rt. 1, Denver; R. Mayeda, Longmont; J. Onodera, Rt. 2, Brighton; S. Hatasaka, Rt. 1, Brighton; M. Mitamura, Rt. 1, Fort Lupton; G. Urano, Rt. 2, Platteville; M. Watada, Rt. 1, Platteville

497 - 543: Arizona-S. Ishikawa, Rt. 2, Glendale; T. Tadano, R T. Tanita, Phoenix; Rt. 2, Glendale

The sad part is that the pages are not numbered. On the final page of photographs appears three men of the Shin Sekai Tokyo Office. Standing is Tamotsu Murayama who served as P.C.'s Japan correspondent during the 50s and 60s.

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