Photographs of Koyasan Shingon temples in North America, approximately 1949-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Photographs of Koyasan Shingon temples in North America
Dates
approximately 1949-1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
17 photographic prints; 2 pieces of ephemera (1 box and 1 oversize folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0763
Summary
Photographs of groups at the Koyasan Buddhist Church in Seattle, Oregon, and Northern California, 1949-1980
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

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English,, Japanese,, Chinese


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In 1920, a Buddhist group, Sacramento Daishiko was initiated and organized by Toshi Yamamoto, Sakuma Shimada and Eiju Nakashimaat at Yamamoto's farmhouse near the present site of William Land Park, California. As the membership grew, the group moved to several places over years and also built shrines around the West coast area, including Oregon and Seattle. In 1970, two Daishiko group were merged into one religious organization; they purchased an old Italian church and remodeled it as the current Koyasan Buddhist Church in Northern California.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is comprised of photographs of the Koyasan Buddhist Church in Seattle, Oregon, and Northern California during 1949-1980. It documents the groups and activities including ceremonies and a funeral cult. Two pieces of ephemera, one envelope with Japanese handwriting and a record of payment book from Yoshitoshi Toyomasu's account with Seattle First Bank, are possibly associated with the photographs.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Several photographs have handwriting in Japanese, Chinese, and English, indicating the date and the title of the church activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Seattle Koyasan ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box-folder:oversize item
OS5 1
Group at Tanaka Gaizo's funeral, Seattle
Tanaka Taki, Ochi Studio, Seattle, Washington (Photographer)
Handwriting in Japanese and Chinese on the back of the photo: "the photo memorialized the funeral ritual which Master Takahashi ministered for Tanaka Gaizo in Butterworth Funeral Home, Seattle at November 2, 1949. Tanaka Taki photographed. Koyasan Buddhist Church, Seattle."
November 2, 1949
Box/Folder
1/1 2
 Church group in front of a house
Richmond (photographer)
Handwriting in Japanese and Chinese on the photo: "the memory of the fifth anniversary of Master's lecture in Seattle." Hand script in Chinese on the top right corner of the photo: "October, 1963."
October 1963
1/1 3
Church group in front of a house
Color print.
October 8, 1972
box-folder:oversize
OS5 4
Church group in front of Seattle Koyasan Church
undated

Oregon Koyasan ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 5
 Church group in front of a house
Handwriting in Japanese on the photo, the partial meaning is: "the Aoba Sai [a ceremony celebrates the birth of Master Kukai who established the denomination of Buddhism], Gosatou [the title represents Buddhist masters in different levels] and Iroha Sai [another Buddhist ceremony]"
June 12,1955
1/2 6 June 12, 1955
1/2 7
Church group in front of a house
Handwriting in Japanese on the photo, the approximate meaning is: for the memory of the visit of Master "Gon-Dai-Sou-Jou" [the title represents Buddhist masters in different levels] Kagao joining the Aoba Sai [a ceremony celebrates the birth of Master Kukai who established the denomination of Buddhism]
June 17, 1956
1/2 8-9
 Group in front of the Oregon Koyasan Church
The sign in the photo says: "the tenth anniversary of establishment."
June 17, 1962
1/2 10-12 June 1962
1/2 13
Group waiting in line near the church
undated
1/2 14
Group in front of the Oregon Koyasan Church
Color print.
undated

Northern California Koyasan ChurchReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 15
Group inside the church
Color print.
June 19, 1978
1/3 16 April 19, 1979
1/3 17
Group in front of the Northern California Koyasan Church
The Chinese writing on a sign in the photo: "the memorial ceremony for the sixtith anniversary of Koyasan Daishi Mission and the tenth anniversary of the Church building."Color print.
November 2, 1980

EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 18
Envelope with Japanese handwriting
The handwriting is translated to: 88 stops in Shikoku. Donation. ["88 stops" indicates the 88 Buddhist temples in Shikoku, which represents the route of Master Kukai's annual visit].
undated
1/4 19
Payment ledger
The payment ledger detailed Yoshitoshi Toyomasu's account with Seattle First National Bank between 1949 and 1954
1949-1954

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