Photographs of the Tacoma Japanese Language School and Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church, May 22, 1927 - May 23, 1937  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Photographs of the Tacoma Japanese Language School and Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church
Dates
May 22, 1927 - May 23, 1937 (inclusive)
Quantity
10 photographic prints (7 folders) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH1020
Summary
Panoramic photographs of students at the Tacoma Japanese Language School and of Japanese community members of the Hongwanji Buddhist Church
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Mr. Masato Yamasaki and Mrs. Kuni Yamasaki founded the Tacoma Japanese Language School in 1911. They rented a house at 411 S. 15th Street Tacoma, WA for $18 and had two students. Students learned Japanese language and culture after their public school classes had finished for the day. Over time, the school added courses teaching English to Japanese language speakers, and their enrollment grew to over 200 students. The school was located at 1715 S Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA. During the second world war, Mr. and Mrs. Yamasaki were sent to internment camps. Sadly, Mr. Yamasaki died while interned after an extended illness. Mrs. Yamasaki returned and lived until 1946. The school closed in the 1940's and the building fell into disrepair. It was on the National Register of Historic Places. The property is now owned by the University of Washington. The structure was demolished but a memorial was placed on the site.

The Tacoma Hongwanji (Hongan-ji) Buddhist Church belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji tradition and is a member of the Buddhist Churches of America, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Origins of the Tacoma congregation began in the early 20th century and formed by celebrating families hosting Rev. Hoshin Fujii (Seattle) to teach in their stores and residences between 1910 and 1915. Increasing membership, and a tragic fire lead to congregation members, including Masataka Fujimoto (President of the church council), to raise funds to find a temple location within Tacoma. A section of a preexisting building, the Columbus Hotel, at 1556 Market Street was leased and remodeled. On April 8, 1919, during the Hanamatsuri celebration, the Church was officially registered as a member of the Buddhist Mission of North America. After fundraising in the difficult financial environment of the Great Depression; groundbreaking began in September, 1930 at 17th & Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma to build the two story brick building with a basement for an auditorium, basketball gym, and banquet hall represented within the photographs. According to Tacoma Buddhist Temple information, on February 28, March l, and March 2, 1931, ceremonies were conducted to celebrate the completion of the first major project of the Tacoma Japanese community with parades from the 1556 Markey location to 17th and Fawcett led by Rev. Jokatsu Yukawa. The building currently holds the congregation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Panoramic photographs of students and faculty in front of the Tacoma Japanese Language School and of Japanese community members in front of the Hongwanji Buddhist Church. Four of the photographs are large panormas probably made by a Cirkut camera and four are banquet camera sized photographs

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Tacoma Japanese Language SchoolReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
XH3 1
 Group of students and faculty outside the rear of the Tacoma Japanese Language School
Boland, Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written on photo: Tacoma Kokugo Gakko Kenchiku Kinen Narabina Shugiyoshiki. May 22nd, 1927. Translation: Commemoration of the construction of the school and closing ceremony for the end of the school year. Written on verso: Fujimoto.
May 22, 1927
mapcase
M270 2
 Large group of students and faculty outside the front of the Tacoma Japanese Language School on the 20th anniversary of the school
Chapin Bowen Inc. Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written in Japanese (translation): 20th anniversary of the Tacoma Japanese Language School taken August 30, 1931.
August 30, 1931
M270 3
 Large group of students, faculty, and visiting military officers standing outside the front of the Tacoma Japanese Language School
Boland, Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written on photo: Photograph commemorating the visit of military officers to Tacoma, WA. Fujimoto.This is possibly the visit of officers from the Imperial Japanese flagship and a Japanese naval training ship, theYakumoandIwate.The ships came to Tacoma on April 1, 1933 and stayed several days. They were open for tours and drew large crowds. Over 1500 men on the ships were allowed leave in Tacoma. The photographer's number on the photograph indicates that it was made during this time period.
ca. 1933
Box
XH3 4
 Large group of students and adults in front of the Tacoma Japanese Language School gathered to celebrate the visit of Duke Tokugawa
Boland, Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written on photo in Japanese: SHoWA 9-NEN 3-GATSU 4-KA TOGUGAWA KoSHAKU KAKKA GOSHI KINEN SATUEI Translation: Commemorating the visit of his excellency Duke Tokugawa to Tacoma, WA on March 4, 1934. Handwritten on verso in Japanese: Fujimoto.
March 4, 1934
mapcase
M270 5 May 23, 1937
XH3 6
 Large group of students and faculty of the Tacoma Japanese Language School in costume and on stage.
Possibly a talent show/performing arts presentation at the school. Handwritten in Japanese on verso: Hata Gakugeikai. Translation: Talent show.
undated
Folder
K900 7 undated
K900 8
 Group of children on stage
Tacoma Studio, Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Fujimoto.
undated

Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
mapcase item
M270 9 March 1, 1931
Box
XH3 10
 Funeral group with coffin in front of the Tacoma Hongwanji Buddhist Church
Associated Photographic Service, Tacoma, WA (photographer)
Written in Japanese on verso: Yamasaki Sensei onna
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)